Springer graduated from Columbia College in 1950, where he co-composed the music for two varsity shows in 1948 and 1950. While attending Columbia, studying composition under Otto Leuning, he wrote songs for the popular market. Springer’s first top ten song was “Teasin’” recorded by Connie Haines and in England, by the Beverly sisters (lyric by Richard Adler).
Springer earned an M.A. at New York University where he studied baroque counterpoint with Professor Gustave Reese. Springer earned a Ph.D. in composition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1973, where he also studied composition under Leon Kirchner, visiting professor from Harvard University. Springer’s dissertation was the first piece for small orchestra to include the ARP 2600 synthesizer.