Music

Music Theory

The SCC Music Theory Program offers a one semester introductory class and a four-semester main sequence of music theory and aural perception classes.  Students who cannot read music or have very little music background, are encouraged to complete Introduction to Music Theory (MTC 101) prior to enrolling in Music Theory I (MTC 105) and Aural Perception I (MTC 106).  Placement tests are administered to all students on the first day of class in MTC 105.

  • Introduction to Music Theory:  Designed to develop written and aural skills.  No previous music experience is required.
  • Music Theory I:  The chronological study of music theory including:  harmony, melody, texture, structure and timbre through analysis, original compositions and basic exercises to demonstrate musical concepts. Students are required to enroll in Aural Perception I. 
  • Aural Perception I:  The development of listening and performing skills through dictation, sight-singing and keyboard harmony.
  • Music Theory II:  A continuation of Music Theory I with emphasis on harmony and partwriting procedures.  Students are required to enroll in Aural Perception II. 
  • Aural Perception II:  A continuation of Aural Perception I, including harmonic practices.
  • Music Theory III:  The study of chromatic harmony and melody, modulation techniques and expanded chords.  The analysis of formal structure.  Students are required to enroll in Aural Perception III. 
  • Aural Perception III:  A development of listening and performing skills, including an introduction of chromatic harmonic techniques and concepts of style.
  • Music Theory IV:  A continuation of Music Theory III, including 20th century theories and techniques.  Students are required to enroll in Aural Perception IV. 
  • Aural Perception IV:  A continuation of Aural Perception III including extended chords. 

For more information contact:

Dr. Christina D. Novak
Director of Music Theory and Class Piano
at Scottsdale Community College
christina.novak@scottsdalecc.edu
480-423-6327