Spencer Arias

Spencer A.

East Lansing, MI
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Spencer delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I am a composer and improviser with a masters degree from New York University, and will be starting a Doctorate in Music Composition and Theory from Michigan State University in the fall of 2018 where I will be teaching theory. I am an active composer who frequently composes music for various artists throughout the country. I have worked with artists throughout various musical spectrums including film, video games, and classical, but specialize in new music.

I have a passion for teaching, and take a very active role in my students development. It is my goal that I help a student develop their voice, as well as focus on technique, notation, and orchestration. I teach primarily online, but am open to an in person lessons when appropriate.

I have worked with quite a few major ensembles including the JACK Quartet, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, The Rogue Trio, The Lotus Trio, The New Thread Quartet, among others. I have also won various awards, including an ASCAP Plus award, and the abundant silence composition competition.

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Instructor of Composition
Sep 2017 - Aug 2018
Seattle Conservatory

Taught the composition class at the Seattle Conservatory. Developed the curriculum for the class.


Doctorate of Music Composition & Theory
Aug 2018 - Present
Michigan State University
Master of Music Composition & Theory
Sep 2013 - May 2015
New York University
Bachelors of Music Composition
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Arizona State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Plus Award
Jan 2018
Composition Competition 1st Place
Jan 2016
Abundant Silence


Society of Composers Inc.
Aug 2017

SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2013

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.

Kappa Kappa Psi
Apr 2010

Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

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Photos & Videos

he said there was no sound - The Rogue Trio
cover art for Death to Riches

Photo by Spencer A.
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