I am Assistant Professor of Practice in Composition and Analysis at the USC Thornton School of Music, where I teach undergraduate and graduate composition, orchestration, and analysis.

Check out the USC Composer datebook for lectures and concerts happening in our department.

I also offer PRIVATE LESSONS in composition outside of USC both in person and via Skype/FaceTime. My private students have been accepted to many top undergraduate and graduate programs including Harvard, Stanford, Oberlin, USC, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, CalArts, the New England Conservatory, UC Irvine, and UCLA.

To inquire about lessons, please contact me at sean@seanfriar.com.



Recent and current courses include:


Spectral Music
Genre in Contemporary Music
Large-Scale Form
Contemporary Approaches to the Analysis of Tonal Music
Post-tonal Analysis
Tonal Analysis
Advanced Orchestration
Directed Research in Composition, Analysis, Orchestration, and Electronic Music
Private composition lessons to M.M. and D.M.A. students



Music Theory 2-year sequence
Advanced Analysis
General Education: Genre in Contemporary Music
Private lessons