Jack Smalley

Adjunct Professor

  • Program:
    Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music


Jack Smalley studied classical composition at the Paris Conservatory of Music with Edmond Marc and Darius Milhaud – 1948-1951. He is an experienced composer and teacher, who has provided compositions and orchestrations for major television series and motion pictures. He studied serial techniques in Los Angeles with George Tremblay. He also worked as a jazz bassist with Page Cavanaugh Trio, Gerry Mulligan, Alvino Rey and Vido Musso. He served as arranger on a variety of television programming (The Tim Conway Show, The Phyllis Diller Show, The Jack Benny Show, the Emmy Award and Oscar Award shows) before becoming an episodic composer on the Streets of San Francisco, Charlie’s Angels, Knight Rider, Murder She Wrote and Dynasty to name a few. His numerous motion pictures include:  Antz, Red Dawn, The Gladiator, Smilla’s Sense of Snow and Prince of Egypt.

Jack has taught composition for 17 years at the Grove School of Music and the Henry Mancini Institute until its closing. Jack is currently professor of composition for film scoring at the USC Thornton School of Music, and is on the permanent faculty at the Aspen Music Summer Program, also teaching composition for film.