Peter J.

Music Theory
Peter Evans

A whiteboard is the tool theorist, composer, and lecturer Peter J. Evans uses quite often to teach music theory. He enjoys imparting his theory and music knowledge to eager students—always throwing in some humor. He says, “Theory is everything. It helps us define, discuss and digest. It also helps widen the scope for learning, performing, work, teaching, fun—simply everything.”

Peter’s an inquisitive multi-instrumentalist and has played the guitar, clarinet, saxophone, flute, and ukulele in concerts, but has also fiddled around with many other instruments for the fun of it, like the mandolin, mouth harp, and Tibetan bowls.

Peter received his B.A. from Skidmore College, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Theoretical Studies from New England Conservatory. He has published numerous papers on musicians and composers. His compositions are cast along lines inspired by Burgundian, Burgundian-American and American traditions.

He’s also a faculty member at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where he teaches theory, composition, jazz, and history classes. Peter is the founding member of LongyLaboratory, works as managing editor for the journal SONUS, and the Treasurer for the Longy Faculty Union.

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"Theory helps you learn and helps you know how to adapt to what you haven't yet learned. Music is the most fleeting of the arts, and theory helps you to hold on just a bit longer."