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Theory & Composition:

Music Theory and Composition at IVC

Irvine Valley College offers a spectrum of music theory classes for all levels. Students may complement their studies with Music 1, The Basics of Music. This course is designed primarily for the general education student and is transferable to both the UC and CSU systems. The department also offers the traditional lower division of Music Theory/Harmony (Music 3, 4, 5, 6). This is a four- semester sequence designed primarily for the serious music student and music major with comprehensive training in musical structures, harmony, ear training, sight-singing, dictation, and keyboard harmony, and spans the Baroque through contemporary periods of music. The Department of Music promotes and includes student and professional composition in each of its areas, disciplines and performance ensembles. Composition is taught across the Music Theory curriculum. IVC music students have won state composition contests, participated in composition conferences, and been accepted at the region’s major universities. Music alumni are published professional composers in the classical, pop, film, radio and television industries. Finally, IVC music students can develop their creative knowledge and artistic skills in a supportive environment and have numerous opportunities to receive performances of their music in concerts and recitals on campus including the annual composer’s concert every April. For more information on music theory and composition classes, please contact Dr. Daniel Luzko at 949-451-5762 or

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Joseph Poshek
Dean, the Arts
T: 949-451-5650

Sr. Admin. Assistant, the Arts
T: 949-451-5453
F: 949-451-5775

Matt Tresler
Academic Chair, Music