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Thomas Hynes, M.A.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (562) 883-2873
Fax: (626) 969-7419
Tom Hynes is a professional guitarist, composer, clinician, and educator. His freelance credits include Bob Hope, The Fifth Dimension, Frederica Von Stade, Liza Minelli, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Vinton and the Pacific, and the Santa Barbara and Bakersfield Symphony orchestras. His recording credits include music for the films Bright Angel and Rapid Fire. Jazz credits include 1996 Jazz Ambassadors State Department tour of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Uganda, and Eritrea; the Grammy-nominated Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra albums Refractions and Artistry: A Tribute to Stan Kenton, with guest Hubert Laws; his own jazz recordings The Sun Shop (Chase Music Group); and the self-produced Tom Hynes and Marshall Hawkins: Live at the Fret House. Composition credits include music for short films commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute; Light Screens: Music for the Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright, commissioned by the Orange County Museum of Art/Philharmonic Society of Orange County; and numerous large jazz ensemble compositions commissioned by colleges, high schools, and middle schools in California. His arrangements for jazz combo and orchestra have been performed by the South Coast Symphony. Tom also serves on the faculties of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, and St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim, CA. and has taught at Fullerton, Citrus and Mt. San Antonio Colleges, California State University/Los Angeles, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), and Northwoods Jazz Camp. Tom has served an adjudicator, clinician, and guest artist in California, Arizona, and Alaska. His instructional video The Developing Jazz Guitarist is available from


  • B.M., Studio Guitar Performance, University of Southern California
  • M.M., California State University, Los Angeles


College of Music and the Arts

School of Music (College of Music and the Arts)

  • Undergraduate Programs


  • Commercial Music
    Jazz and commercial guitar instruction
  • Jazz Education
    Small jazz ensemble and jazz improvisation
  • Music Theory
    20th century music theory (concert/jazz)

Courses Taught

  • MUS 121 – Music Theory I
  • MUS 122 – Music Theory II
  • MUS 191 – Jazz Improvisation Workshop
  • MUS 192 – Jazz Improvisation Workshop
  • MUS 222 – Music Theory IV
  • MUS 391 – Jazz Improvisation Workshop
  • MUS 392 – Jazz Improvisation Workshop