Connor Cook

Connor C.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music theory has been a part of my life since I was a child. I went to undergraduate and graduate school to learn even more music theory. In undergrad, I studied 8 levels of music theory, starting with the basics and branching into post-tonal and current music theory. I would love to share with students my love for theory and help them realize their own love of it. Theory is a tool that helps with every aspect of music- performance, composition, education, you name it! I've also taken many courses on songwriting, and am happy to include songwriting theory and lyric lessons in music theory lessons.
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Connor delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2013

I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!


Composer's Assistant
May 2016 - Feb 2018
David Schwartz Music

Assistant to TV composer David Schwartz. I worked on "The Good Place", "Lady Dynamite", and other various projects.

Composer's Assistant
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Blue Police Box Music

I was a composer's assistant while attending graduate school in Chicago. I wrote additional music, worked on sheet music preparation, recorded live instruments, and made virtual instruments. I worked with this composer until I moved to Los Angeles.

Accordion Teacher
Jan 2013 - Jun 2014
Connor Music

I taught accordion lessons for a year in North Carolina while attending undergraduate college. I had a handful of dedicated students, whom I sadly had to part with when I moved to Chicago for graduate school. I am looking forward to teaching accordion lessons again.

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Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
Appalachian State University

I taught a music class at my Alma Mater, Appalachian State University. I started a traditional Irish music course at my college, and as there was nobody to teach it, I was able to teach the course. I am very passionate about traditional Irish music, and it was a true joy to teach the course for two years.

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MFA in Music Composition for the Screen
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Columbia College Chicago
BA in Piano Performance and Music Theory/Composition
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014
Appalachian State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Irish Gaelic
Limited Proficiency


Society of Composers and Lyricists
Nov 2016

The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.

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Alliance for Women Film Composer
Jul 2016

Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2010

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Playing accordion in a traditional Irish session

Conducting one of my film scores

Busking with my old band

Played in a steel band orchestra for 4 years

Button accordion solo!

Mandolin jams

Never too many accordions!

Scoring a film from my home studio

Sharing a tune with some fellow musicians
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9 Reviews

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Robin A. Feb 28, 2019
Accordion · In home

Connor is an excellent instructor. I am a beginner and she made me feel at ease. I had so much fun and I am excited to continue working with her.

Mike D. Oct 16, 2018
Accordion · In studio

Very pleasant person and extremely effective as my instructor. She is very knowledgeable and patient, and makes the lesson fun. I'm really looking forward her making me into a capable accordionist.

Meredith W. Apr 22, 2018
Accordion · Online

Connor is so amazing with my 14 year Old daughter! She taught my daughter to play a full song after one lesson! Great instruction, great attitude, great communication!

Joe Mar 26, 2018
Mandolin · In studio

It was a perfect lesson! I highly recommend Connor as an instructor

Kevin Mar 26, 2017
Composition · Online

Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.

Susan B. Mar 13, 2017
Mandolin · In home

It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).

Saoirse Jan 7, 2017
Accordion · Online

First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.

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McKenna Nov 11, 2016
Mandolin · In home

Connor is the absolute best! Couldn't possibly find a more talented musician or a more wonderl teacher!

wyatt Jul 25, 2016
Accordion · In home

super cool

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