Dr. Mark Anderman

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Music Theory Coordinator
Forsyth 141

Dr. Mark Anderman is the Music Theory Coordinator at SRJC. His compositions include orchestral, choral, jazz band, symphonic band, vocal jazz, guitar, and chamber works that have been featured at SRJC, The Green Center at SSU, Jackson Theater at SCDS, and CSU Long Beach, among others.

His latest work For Us All (for symphonic band and choir) was commissioned for the 2020 grand re-opening of SRJC’s Burbank Auditorium, and the SRJC Orchestra premiered his piece Thursday Rain in memoriam of the 2017 fires.

An accomplished multi-style guitarist, Mark’s latest album Confluence (available worldwide on most online music services) is described as “a musical odyssey that stretches the boundaries between traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, funk, and orchestral music”. Previous albums include Double Vision, recorded in Singapore.

As a music educator, Mark's approach 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.

Occasionally, Mark ventures into radio broadcasting: he was 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.


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)


Music Department Chair (2011–16, 2017–2020)
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–Present)
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)


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


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)