Concordia Conservatory's programs in Songwriting, Composition and Music Theory amplify creativity and solidify fundamentals. We tailor lessons to your interests, whether you want to develop your skills in songwriting, composition, arranging, writing lyrics or music theory.

Private Lessons

Students of all ages can take songwriting, composition and music theory lessons with the Conservatory's accomplished faculty. Enrollment is open to those who have played an instrument for at least two years, and first-time students are required to interview with the Executive Director prior to registration.

Songwriting & Composition students who began their education at Concordia Conservatory have gone on to participate in prestigious summer programs, win awards and pursue undergraduate degrees in composition. Lessons are project-based and traverse a breadth of musical genres.

Performance opportunities take place year-round. Student composers build their portfolios and collaborate with faculty performers as they enhance, present and record their work.

Music theory plays a significant role both for creators and for performers. A deeper understanding of musical structures enhances composers' skills and performers' sensitivity. Lessons in music theory include studies across multiple genres in notation, ear training, rhythm, intervals, scales, modes, analysis and improvisation.

Private lessons are available in the following time increments; year-long enrollment required:



Summer Songwriting & Composition Intensive

The Summer Songwriting and Composition Intensive offers students ages 10-18 the special opportunity to focus for two, four or six weeks on creating new works.

Students write for student and faculty ensembles, culminating in an end-of-camp concert, and receive private and group instruction in analysis, score-reading, theory and aural skills. Plus, the Conservatory produces student recordings for their portfolio.


Theory Classes

Music Theory Basics
Ages 6 & up | Monday 4:00 – 4:45  OR  Saturday 12:15 – 1:00 | 16 classes or year-long

Music Theory 2
Ages 6 & up | Monday 4:45 – 5:30  OR  Saturday 1:00 – 1:45 | 16 classes or year-long

Advanced Theory and Ear-Training
Ages 8 & up | Saturday 2:00 – 2:45 | 16 classes or year-long