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Are you an aspiring composer, or are you interested to learn more about the many aspects that go into the creation of a musical work?

Learn the basic building blocks of music by enrolling in the SDYS Music Theory Program!

Take a journey, Behind the Score, for a broad exploration of musical structure while traversing the many topics related to composition and performance. Using developed fundamentals in music theory, students will work individually and collaboratively to analyze contemporary and historical musical trends, discover diverse genres, and then apply these skills to create and compose original works.

The San Diego Youth Symphony is proud to offer classes that explore what it means to create music on all levels. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced ensemble players with an interest in music theory and composition. A background in piano is recommended, but not required.

Class is open to non SDYS students as well, so feel free to tell your friends!

Instructor: Jessica Swift, SDYS Concert Winds Conductor and Director of Music at Cathedral Catholic High School
Location: History Center Conference Room at Balboa Park

Tuition Cost for SDYS students: $200

Tuition Cost for non SDYS students: $300

Application and Tuition Deadline: January 11, 2020

For any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Conservatory team at 619-233-3232 x 4 or email at

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