Dr. Mark Anderman

Dr. Mark Anderman
Music Theory Coordinator
Forsyth 141

Dr. Mark Anderman (Dr. A) is the Music Theory Coordinator at SRJC, where he has taught for over 20 years. He was the recipient of the 2024 Academic Senate Professional Achievement award and the 2019 Metro Chamber Excellence in Education award. He was also a professor at Cypress College for 5 years and taught composition and conducting for 6 years for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Summer Music Academy. 

He has over 30 years of performance experience as a guitarist, bassist, singer, and keyboardist in the Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles. Open to multiple styles, his work includes jazz, classical chamber music, gospel, rock, and musical theater.

Dr. A is an accomplished recording artist and producer as well as an active composer of concert music. His fourth album Horizon was released worldwide in 2024. His previous albums are Confluence, Double Vision (recorded in Singapore with Bruce MacLeod), and his debut EP Ascension. Highlights of his concert works include: Music, Do Not Cease! commissioned in 2024 for the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, For Us All (for symphonic band and choir) commissioned for the 2020 grand re-opening of Burbank Auditorium, Thursday Rain (for orchestra) premiered at Jackson Theater in memoriam of the 2017 Sonoma County wildfires, and Pieces of Yesterday featured by the Sonoma State University Jazz Orchestra at the Green Music Center.

Dr. A has also ventured into radio broadcasting: he was featured on The J Files (Melbourne, Australia) as an expert on the music of Frank Zappa and has co-hosted KRCB's Jazz Connections with Dr. Larry Slater.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education: Boston University (2011)
Master of Arts in Music Theory: San Francisco State University (1994)
Bachelor of Arts in Music: California State University, Long Beach (1990)
Associate of Arts in Commercial Music: Long Beach City College (1990)



Academic Senator, Area 5 (2021–Present)
Faculty Chair, PGI Committee (2021–Present)
Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities (Spring 2017)
Music Department Chair (2011–16, 2017–2020)
Co-Chair, Department Chairs Council (Fall 2016; 2017–2018)
Regular Faculty; Music Theory Coordinator (2002–Present)
Associate Faculty, Music (1995–1997)


Faculty, Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Music Academy (2013–2018)
Cypress College (Cypress, CA) Music Department Chair (2001–2002)
Cypress College Music Faculty, Guitar Program Coordinator (1997–2002)
Fremont Unified School District (Fremont, CA, 1991–1992)
ABC Unified School District (Cerritos, CA, 1990–1991)



Horizon. TMRW Media (2024)
Confluence. TMRW Media (2019)
Double Vision. Watchful Eye Records (1997)
Ascension. TMRW Records (1995)


Commercial Guitar and Bass. TMRW Music (1999)
Beginning Rhythm Guitar. TMRW Music (1996)

Dissertation & Thesis

Musicianship Instruction in California Community Colleges. Boston University (2011)
Tonality, Structure, and Form in Debussy's Images (1907) for Piano. San Francisco State University (1994)


Theory, C-ID, ADT, and CCs—Developing Position Paper for 5-Year Review (2021)
Panel discussion with representatives from multiple colleges
MACCC Annual Conference, Online

The Challenges and Benefits of a Professional Music Career (2014)
Panel discussion/master class with Midori sponsored by the Santa Rosa Symphony
Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Applied Music: Implementing and Coordinating an Effective Program (2013)
MACCC Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

Musicianship Instruction in California Community Colleges (2011)
MACCC Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA


Academic Senate Professional Achievement Award (2024)
Academic Senate President's Award (2022—presented to the entire Senate)
Santa Rosa Metro Chamber Excellence in Education Award (2019)
Academic Senate Excellence in Curriculum Development Award (2008)
Academic Senate Outstanding Contributions on the Curriculum Committee (2004)


Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC)
Broadcast Music International (BMI)