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Scottsdale Community College offers an innovative curriculum designed to prepare highly qualified individuals for careers in today's music industry. Please click on a header below for more information.

Scottsdale Community College offers an innovative curriculum designed to prepare highly qualified individuals for careers in today's music industry. This program provides an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of Completion in Audio Production Technologies. The Audio Production Technology program is based on a curriculum emphasizing studio recording, live concert sound, digital audio workstations and electronic music. Students will work with industry standard equipment and take responsibility for recording sessions and live music events. To supplement these hands-on technology classes, students will take classes in Music Business, Music Theory and Aural Perception. The future of the music business lies with trained professionals, who bring skills and experience with the latest audio production technologies, and full understanding of today's music industry. Many areas of work for the skilled Audio Engineer include Recording Studio Engineer, Record Producer, Concert and Music Venue Sound Reinforcement Engineer. The Audio Production Technology program at Scottsdale Community college provides a way for students to build their knowledge base, develop their technical skills, and gain real-world experience. The music and business and business faculty at SCC are comprised of a rich combination of performing musicians and music business professionals who work to encourage, motivate and inspire the student whose goal is a career in the music industry.
Scottsdale Community College, the first in the nation to offer a certificate for DJ Turntablism. The DJ course credits transfer to major universities, such as ASU, UA, and NAU, as elective credit.
Scottsdale Community College offers an innovative curriculum designed to prepare highly qualified individuals for careers in today's music industry. This program provides an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of Completion in Music Business. The Music Business Program contains classes in studio recording and digital audio workstation and includes standard business classes such as marketing, merchandising as well as computer and internet skills. The future of the music business lies with trained professionals, who bring skills and experience with the latest audio production technologies, and full understanding of today's music industry. The Music Business Program can open opportunities in Music publishing, Management, Record Label positions and Retail Merchandising. The Music Business Program at Scottsdale Community college provides a way for students to build their knowledge base, develop their technical skills, and gain real-world experience. The music and business and business faculty at SCC are comprised of a rich combination of performing musicians and music business professionals who work to encourage, motivate and inspire the student whose goal is a career in the music industry.

The Music Major Transfer Program in the Department of Music at Scottsdale Community College provides a personal setting to call home as you develop your skills as a musician. As a music student at SCC you will be busy doing what you love: performing, practicing, preparing studio presentations and participating in ensembles. You will take courses in music theory, music history, piano, conducting, to name a few, and you will work to complete your General Education Requirements (you know, English 101, etc!) Whether you want to explore the possibility of a career in music, to develop your skills in order to audition successfully for the School of Music at a 4-year college or university or to spend less money to get a high quality Music Education, SCC is the place for you!

All of the members of the Music Faculty are committed to producing excellent musicians and performers. The members of the faculty provide outstanding musical coaching, and technical training. From your first semester you will take lessons for a full hour each week with a Faculty Member and become a part of the family of music majors at SCC. Ask your friends at the In-State Universities if they can say the same thing! Musicians who begin at SCC are provided a safe and nurturing environment in which to develop their skills and, if necessary, to 'catch up' to their peers at the 4-year universities.

Each student comes to the Music Department at Scottsdale Community College with a unique combination of previous experience and goals for the future. Programs of Study are created on an Individual Basis. We will help you select courses to meet your requirements for development as a musician and to meet the requirements at the School of Music at the college or 4-year university to which you hope to transfer. At SCC, you'll never be 'just a number'! We're the perfect place to make the transition from high school to University without breaking the bank, or your spirit!

The Music Major Transfer Program in the Department of Music at Scottsdale Community College provides a personal setting to call home as you develop your skills as a musician. As a music student at SCC you will be busy doing what you love: performing, practicing, preparing studio presentations and participating in ensembles. You will take courses in music theory, music history, piano, conducting, to name a few, and you will work to complete your General Education Requirements (you know, English 101, etc!) Whether you want to explore the possibility of a career in music, to develop your skills in order to audition successfully for the School of Music at a 4-year college or university or to spend less money to get a high quality Music Education, SCC is the place for you!

All of the members of the Music Faculty are committed to producing excellent musicians and performers. The members of the faculty provide outstanding musical coaching, and technical training. From your first semester you will take lessons for a full hour each week with a Faculty Member and become a part of the family of music majors at SCC. Ask your friends at the In-State Universities if they can say the same thing! Musicians who begin at SCC are provided a safe and nurturing environment in which to develop their skills and, if necessary, to 'catch up' to their peers at the 4-year universities.

Each student comes to the Music Department at Scottsdale Community College with a unique combination of previous experience and goals for the future. Programs of Study are created on an Individual Basis. We will help you select courses to meet your requirements for development as a musician and to meet the requirements at the School of Music at the college or 4-year university to which you hope to transfer. At SCC, you'll never be 'just a number'! We're the perfect place to make the transition from high school to University without breaking the bank, or your spirit!

The Music Major Transfer Program in the Department of Music at Scottsdale Community College provides a personal setting to call home as you develop your skills as a musician. As a music student at SCC you will be busy doing what you love: performing, practicing, preparing studio presentations and participating in ensembles. You will take courses in music theory, music history, piano, conducting, to name a few, and you will work to complete your General Education Requirements (you know, English 101, etc!) Whether you want to explore the possibility of a career in music, to develop your skills in order to audition successfully for the School of Music at a 4-year college or university or to spend less money to get a high quality Music Education, SCC is the place for you!

All of the members of the Music Faculty are committed to producing excellent musicians and performers. The members of the faculty provide outstanding musical coaching, and technical training. From your first semester you will take lessons for a full hour each week with a Faculty Member and become a part of the family of music majors at SCC. Ask your friends at the In-State Universities if they can say the same thing! Musicians who begin at SCC are provided a safe and nurturing environment in which to develop their skills and, if necessary, to 'catch up' to their peers at the 4-year universities.

Each student comes to the Music Department at Scottsdale Community College with a unique combination of previous experience and goals for the future. Programs of Study are created on an Individual Basis. We will help you select courses to meet your requirements for development as a musician and to meet the requirements at the School of Music at the college or 4-year university to which you hope to transfer. At SCC, you'll never be 'just a number'! We're the perfect place to make the transition from high school to University without breaking the bank, or your spirit!

Visit the musical theater page to view the musical theater season schedule.

Music Ensembles
This is the premier vocal ensemble on the SCC campus. A Cappella ranges in size from 20 – 40 members selected by audition. All Voice Majors are required to participate in this ensemble. The choir performs a broad variety of styles and genres of music from chant to contemporary styles. Students participate in a minimum of four concerts per year, several festivals, and are featured in the annual production of the SCC Cabaret. Rehearsals are held four days a week, Monday – Thursday from Noon to 1pm in the Recital Hall (MB 115). Visitors are welcome at rehearsals!
SCC Jazz Ensemble

This is a Jazz Ensemble intended for instrumental music majors as well as some community members. The instrumentation for this ensemble is 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drum set, and an occasional vocalist. All Jazz Performance Majors are required to participate in this ensemble. The SCC Jazz Band performs a broad variety of styles and genres of music from Early Jazz to Contemporary and Fusion Styles. Members participate in a minimum of four concerts per year, participate in festivals, and attend visiting artist’s clinics. Rehearsals are held two days a week; Monday and Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:50pm in MB-119. Visitors are welcome at rehearsals!

SCC Night Jazz Band

This is a Jazz Ensemble intended for community members with vast amounts of performance experience. The instrumentation for this ensemble is 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 5 trumpets, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drum set. The SCC Jazz Band performs a broad variety of styles and genres of music from Early Jazz to Contemporary and Fusion Styles. This ensemble has completed five European trous: twice appearing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Members participate in a minimum of four concerts per year, participate in festivals, and attend visiting artist’s clinics. Rehearsals are held one day a week; Mondays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in MB-119. Visitors are welcome at rehearsals!

SCC Jazz Combos

These are small jazz groups intended for instrumental music majors as well as some community members. The instrumentation for these groups are Guitar and/or Piano, Bass, Drum set, and one to three horns. All Jazz Performance Majors are required to participate in one of these groups. The Jazz Combos perform a broad variety of styles and genres of music from Early Jazz to Contemporary and Fusion Styles. Combos are consistently performing around campus, as well as off campus. They participate in festivals, record CDs and attend visiting artist’s clinics. Rehearsals are held one day a week. Rehearsal times are to be announced. Visitors are welcome at rehearsals!

SCC Rock Band

This is a Rock Ensemble that is open to all SCC students with some rock music background. This group is open to guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, drummers, vocalists, and songwriters. The SCC Rock Band performs all styles of popular music as well as original songs written by students. Members perform on their instrument or voice, learn about music promotion, live sound, booking, equipment, and recording. Members participate in a minimum of four concerts per year, and attend visiting artist’s clinics. Rehearsals are held one day a week; Friday from 11am to 3pm in MB-119. Visitors are welcome at rehearsals!

Class Description: The SCC Community Orchestra is an adult community organization sponsored by Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. The orchestra rehearses from 7:15pm to 9:30pm Thursday evenings, beginning in August and continuing through the academic year into May. Members include advanced high school students as well as adults. Free-to-the-public performances are held on the college campus each semester. In addition, off-campus rehearsals/performances may occur in Scottsdale and surrounding communities as well as “Pops” fundraising concerts in association with the college Culinary Arts Department.

Membership in the orchestra is gained via and interview/audition. The quality of music performed by the orchestra dictates a minimum level of instrument mastery and general musicianship. Additionally, a high level of commitment in terms of preparation and attendance is expected. The purpose of the interview/audition is to determine if the prospective member can meet these requirements. At the same time, the prospect can determine if the orchestra will meet his/her expectations. Membership should be mutually rewarding.

The orchestra is now accepting members in all sections. Music scholarships are available. For more information, please contact the Music Department at (480) 423-6333.

Did you know that at Scottsdale Community College you can major in Musical Theater?

YES YOU CAN! We offer a full spectrum of musical theater classes and performance opportunities including showcases, cabarets and musicals. As a musical theater major you will receive private voice lessons and classes in dance and acting.

When designing your curriculum, look for these courses:
Musical Theater Workshop (MUP 270)

In this class you will explore and learn musical theater styles and techniques in acting, dance and voice. You will become familiar with the history of the American Musical Theater and perform songs and scenes from shows of all the major eras. Fall semester will culminate with a showcase performance. During spring semester students may also work on the production of a musical cabaret.

Audition Techniques (MUP 218)

Prepare for all your auditions in musical theater. Work on building your repertoire book including monologues, various styles of audition songs, resumes and headshots. Learn proper audition and cold reading techniques. Be prepared to GET the part in any audition. SCC is the place to prepare you for the next step in performance whether it's university, conservatory or the Broadway stage. REGISTER TODAY!

SCC CABARET

Miss Performing? Come Sing , Dance and Act in the SCC Cabaret! This new tradition at SCC is an unprecedented performance opportunity for musical theater students. Pulling from all the great musicals and trunk songs of Broadway, each year's show is a new, different and original musical review presented cabaret style and open to the public.This is the perfect class for you if you miss performing but no longer have an outlet to do so. Cast members get an opportunity to learn and perform many different styles of songs and dances from Broadway's best. This show is always a sell-out and a wonderful way for singers, dancers and actors to hone their performance skills.

Visit the musical theater page to view the musical theater season schedule.

SCC Jazz Combos

These are small jazz groups intended for instrumental music majors as well as some community members. The instrumentation for these groups are Guitar and/or Piano, Bass, Drum set, and one to three horns. All Jazz Performance Majors are required to participate in one of these groups. The Jazz Combos perform a broad variety of styles and genres of music from Early Jazz to Contemporary and Fusion Styles. Combos are consistently performing around campus, as well as off campus. They participate in festivals, record CDs and attend visiting artist’s clinics. Rehearsals are held one day a week. Rehearsal times are to be announced. Visitors are welcome at rehearsals!

SCC Percussion Ensemble

Director: Robert Esler
Class Description: If you enjoy amazing groups like STOMP!, the Blue Man Group and Blast! then the SCC Percussion Ensemble is the perfect addition to your musical exploration. The SCC Percussion Ensemble welcomes everyone from all disciplines no matter what your musical ability. Our mission is to have fun and learn about music. We explore a wide variety of different musical styles such as world music from Africa, Latin America, Brazil and Southeast Asia, theatrical/dance productions like Blue Man Group and STOMP!, popular music arrangements, instrument building and original works for percussion, as well as anything you can uniquely offer. Advanced students will engage in more complex percussion works of the 20th century. No audition necessary. No experience necessary. Rhythm is your best friend. contact Rob Esler, rwe8@hotmail.com for more information.

SCC Guitar Ensemble

Class Description: The guitar ensemble focuses on group performance through jazz, classical, popular and world music repertoire. The group gives students an opportunity to explore structured improvisation and part reading. Both classical and jazz performance etiquette is covered and utilized. In addition to the official ensemble concert additional optional on and off campus performances are offered throughout the semester.

SCC Cello Ensemble

Class Description: The SCC Cello Ensemble will include current SCC music majors, non-majors, upper

class high school students and cellists from the community. We will play original performance literature for cello ensemble and arrangements of popular music (Beatles, Joplin, Gershwin, Queen, Villa-Lobos, Strauss)

Weekly rehearsals will cumulate in a concert at the end of the semester. Day and Time: Mondays 7:20pm - 9:00pm

Music Showcase Sites

Clicking on the links below will take you directly to SCC Showcase Sites.

Audio Production Technologies
Choral Music
DJ and Turntablism
Instrumental Music