Bill Clemmons, Ph.D.

Professor of Music Theory

Dr. Bill Clemmons has taught at PLNU for 20 years and teaches courses in music theory, music history, and music technology. In addition his teaching duties, he enjoys playing cello in chamber music with his students and colleagues and performing cello with San Diego area churches, including Rock Church and San Diego First Church of the Nazarene. Clemmons publishes on music theory and related topics, including two of the Artusi treatises at the Thesaurus musicarum italicarum and most recently in the Festschrift for Donald Hustad. He is a long-time resident of San Diego and Point Loma, where he enjoys jogging around the Big Bay and hiking on the many San Diego trails.


  • Ph.D., Music Theory, The City University of New York
  • M.A., Music Theory, Queens College
  • Diploma in Cello Performance, Mannes College of Music
  • B. Mus., Cello Performance, University of Louisville

Courses Taught

  • Basic Music Theory – MUT 100
  • Music Theory I – MUT 120
  • Music Theory II – MUT 121
  • Music Theory III – MUT 220
  • Orchestration – MUT 432
  • Counterpoint – MUT 301
  • Form and Analysis – MUT 302
  • Post Tonal Theory – MUT 410
  • Music History III – MUH 333
  • Intro to World Music  – MUH 334

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Society for Music Theory
  • American Musicological Society
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Association for Music Technology
  • College Music Society