Dr. Mark Anderman

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Department Chair, Music Theory
Forsyth 141

Dr. Mark Anderman is the Music Theory Coordinator for SRJC, and currently serves as Chair of the Music Department. Mark’s approach to theory and musicianship includes a strong emphasis on rhythmic pedagogy and a holistic view of analysis that embraces all musical styles. He studied music theory and composition with Richard Festinger, Henry Onderdonk, and Martin Herman; orchestration with Donald Para and John Wallace; and jazz arranging with John Prince. As a composer/arranger, Mark’s works have been widely performed, including several premiered by the jazz ensembles at SRJC.

Mark is also an accomplished guitarist. His mentors include jazz virtuoso (and Joe Pass protégé) Frank Potenza, “Chord Chemistry” guru Ted Greene, and Martin Austin of the iconic prog rock group Ixt Adux. Mark’s extensive performing career in and around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area includes jazz, classical chamber music, gospel, rock, and musical theater. Mark has been a featured performer/clinician at the Redwood Empire Jazz Festival, and his international work includes the album Double Vision, recorded in Singapore with Bruce MacLeod.

Occasionally, Mark ventures into radio broadcasting. He has been a featured guest on Melbourne, Australia’s “J-Files” as an expert on the music of Frank Zappa, and on KRCB's “Jazz Connections” as an expert on the music of Thelonious Monk. In addition, Mark has written two books of guitar pedagogy, including “Commercial Guitar and Bass” which served as the standard text for the Commercial Guitar program at Cypress College. His doctoral dissertation in Music Education was an in-depth study of Musicianship instruction in the California Community Colleges.


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 Experience

Music Department Chair (2011–16, 2017–Present)
Co-Chair, Department Chairs Council (Fall 2016; 2017–2018)
Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities (Spring 2017)
Regular Faculty; Music Theory Coordinator (2002–Present)
Adjunct 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)

Professional Involvement and Community Service

Member, Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC)
Member, Broadcast Music International (BMI)
SRJC Campus Representative, College Music Society (CMS) (2002-2007)

Publications, Presentations, and Awards

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)

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

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education (2019)
SRJC Academic Senate Excellence in Curriculum Development (2008)