Lecturing in Holland

Teaching  at Southern Illinois University

After 36 years teaching formally in Higher Education, Frank Stemper retired and relocated to his home town.  He and his wife currently live in Fox Point, Wisconsin and are enjoying the doings of their five children, and their grandchildren.

Frank now maintains a private teaching studio and is currently accepting serious students who would like to pursue their musical interests. Frank has taught hundreds of students from high school age, through adult, (including some retired folks who just "always wanted to develop their talents).  Therefore, students of all ages are welcome and encouraged to request further information regarding PRIVATE STUDY with Frank Stemper:







BMus 1975 — University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

MA 1978 — Music Theory and Composition
State University of New York at Stony Brook

PhD 1981 — Music Theory and Composition
University of California at Berkeley

Post-Doc — Paris, 1981 - 1983
A two year residency in Paris, France, under support of the George Ladd Prix de Paris. 
Study in Music Theory with Betsy Jolas at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Music;
Computer music studies at L’Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (I.R.C.A.M.)
and independent work in composition.

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1983 – 2014
Professor of Music & Composer in Residence
—Director of Graduate Studies in Music
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

•Composition – High School through Doctoral levels

•Music Theory – diatonic and chromatic tonal;

•Modern and Serial Harmony

•Jazz Harmony, Improvisation, and Composition


•ElectroAcoustic and Computer Music

•Advanced Music Analysis

•History of Contemporary Music

•Jazz Piano and Avant Garde Piano