Songwriting, Composition & Theory

Concordia Conservatory’s programs in Songwriting, Composition and Music Theory amplify your creativity and solidify your fundamentals. Whether you want to develop your skills in songwriting, composition, arranging, writing lyrics or music theory, lessons are be tailored to your interests. We offer recording sessions, concerts and workshops for students.

Private Lessons

Concordia Conservatory offers private lessons in songwriting, composition, arranging, lyric writing and music theory for students of all ages. Enrollment is open to students who have played an instrument for at least two years. First-time students are required to interview with the Executive Director prior to registration.

Songwriting & Composition students who began their training at Concordia Conservatory have gone on to participate in prestigious summer programs, have become music majors at the world’s top music schools and have won national awards for 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. Private lessons in music theory include studies in music notation, ear training, rhythm, intervals, scales, modes, music analysis and improvisation.

Private lessons are available in the following time increments.
Year-long enrollment required.


Hear It LIVE!

Concordia Conservatory hosts a showcase concert each spring for student from middle school to collegiate composers and songwriters to share their work, have it performed, and recorded. A professional ensemble performs the student compositions, and composers & songwriters attend the performance of their entry. Prizes are awarded to the top two most accomplished works.

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 receive private and group instruction tailored to their musical interests, as well as lessons in analysis, score-reading, theory, and aural skills. During the program, composers write pieces for small ensembles that are then performed in an exciting evening concert. The Conservatory provides students with recordings of the concert.

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