John Novak


John K. Novak, Ph.D., is professor of music theory at Northern Illinois University. He has a Bachelor of Music Theory, a Master of Music in piano pedagogy and literature and a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded the Kent Kennan Scholarship in Music Theory and the John Maresh Scholarship in Czech Culture.

He has taught at Austin Community College, the University of Texas at Austin and Oberlin Conservatory. He joined the faculty of the School of Music at Northern Illinois University in 1996, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory and aural skills, with a specialization in music of the twentieth century.

Novak has published articles for College Music Symposium, Indiana Theory Review, the International Journal of Musicology, Bulgarian Musicology, Kosmas and Hudební Vĕda as well as for Oxford and Clerendon Presses. The subjects of his articles include the music of Dvorák, Bartók, Janácek, Suk and various styles of popular music. He has presented at symposiums and conferences in various cities in the U.S. as well as in London, Prague, Brno and Sofia.

Novak is a member of the Society for Music Theory, College Music Society, the Czech and Slovak Music Society, the Dvorák Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He continues to perform on the piano and the accordion.


Ph.D., University of Texas


  • Aural Skills
  • Music Theory



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