Professor of Music
theory and musicianship 1, 2, 3, 4
fundamentals of music
music of the world
Tim Lynch has been teaching at COS since 1990, when he was hired as the music theory specialist. For 13 years prior to that he taught theory and many other music classes—including 90+ sections of class piano––in five community colleges simultaneously in the San Francisco Bay Area: DeAnza, Ohlone, Skyline, Mission, and Foothill.
He attended Cal-State, Hayward (BA, MA – music theory and composition), and The University of Iowa (PhD – music composition). At Hayward, his cello concerto Structures IV was performed during the inaugural season of the new theater. As a doctoral student at Iowa, he taught the undergraduate composition class, formerly a faculty position.
Dr. Lynch taught at the University of London in 1998 under the auspices of the American Institute of Foreign Study. He has served on various committees at COS: Precollegiate, Faculty Enrichment, and, for nearly 10 years, the Curriculum Committee. He received two grants at COS, one relating to his theory courses, and the other for implementing multimedia in the African unit of his World Music course, a course that he developed in the mid 1990s, and is now offering online.
Dr. Lynch is active as a composer. He has written instrumental, vocal, and electronic music, including works to accompany dance and a play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, at COS. His works have been performed throughout the country. He has been a composition adjudicator for UNICEF and for Music Teachers’ Association of California. He is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc. and the West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis.