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Welcome to Music at JJC. Looking for Music Ed, Performance, Music Therapy, Music Business, or Music Technology? We have it all for you here at JJC.

Music


What Will I Learn?

Thank you for your interest in music at Joliet Junior College. We are proud to be accredited by National Association of Schools of Music. We are one of a select few Junior Colleges in the country who have attained this high level of accreditation. What does this mean for you as a student? It assures a high quality curriculum that equates with four year schools as they are members of N.A.S.M. and have the same high standards. This also helps our students successfully transfer after their 2 years here.

We offer a full music program with Theory, Aural Skills, Music History, Applied Lessons, and Ensembles.  Students at JJC are able to participate in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and in two Choirs. 

We are also excited about our new certificate in Music Technology.  In this program students learn in our Recording Studio on cutting edge equipment the skills of live recording and music production.

Program Information

What is Unique About our Program?

Music at JJC is a great choice as you will work hands on with top Professors in your field.  With our numerous ensemble offerings, there is always a place for you to continue with your passion for music.

Take lessons, sing in our choirs, play in our Concert Band – Guitar Ensemble – Percussion Ensemble – Jazz Band- or Jazz Combo.  You can learn to play piano, guitar, and sing. Want to work in the field of Music recording and production?  We have that too.  All at a fraction of the cost of other area schools. Come to JJC and share your passion for music.  

What are my Career Opportunities?

JJC Music Program

  • JJC Chamber Singers

    Choral Masterworks Concert, featuring the JJC Chamber Singers and JJC Chorale

    April 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    JJC Chamber Singers is an auditioned choral ensemble that performs at the annual MadriGala Feast in the fall and the Choral Masterworks Concert in the spring. The MadriGala features the cooperative efforts of the Fine Arts and Culinary Arts departments. As musical ambassadors of the college, the JJC Chamber Singers also perform for schools, churches, and civic organizations.

    The JJC Chamber Singers are under the direction of Philip Spencer, Professor of Music, who is a graduate of the Yale University School of Music.

    They rehearse Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm - 5:30pm during fall and spring semesters.

    Please contact Mr. Philip Spencer, Professor of Music at pspencer@jjc.edu (815) 280-2225.

  • JJC Chorale

    • Fall rehearsals will begin August 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., on Main Campus in the Choir Room, J-3039
    • Spring rehearsals will begin on January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., on Main Campus in the Choir Room J-3039
    • "Carols and Chocolate" Concert - December 10, 2017, 3:00 pm.
    • The JJC Chorale will present its 15th Annual "Carols and Chocolate" concert in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus.
    • Choral Masterworks Concert featuring the JJC Chamber Singers and the JJC Chorale - April 29, 2018, 3:00 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus.

  • JJC Community Band

    All performances are in the Fine Arts Theater on Main Campus. For more concert information, call Carol Foote, the Fine Arts Department Secretary, at (815) 280-2223 or email cfoote@jjc.edu.

    The Joliet Junior Community Band is a 100-member instrumental ensemble comprised of students, faculty, and community members of high school age or older.

    The JJC Community Band is directed by Charles Morgan. A major instrumental work and a variety of other music is learned each semester, in preparation for concerts in winter and spring. The band is dedicated to playing and performing the best of the symphonic band repertoire.

    There is no entrance audition, and participants may register for course credit or choose to take part for no-credit.

    Rehearsals are held Mondays during the school year, 7pm to 9:30pm, Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in the new Music Area in Room J-3036.

    For more information contact Charles Morgan by calling (815) 280-2232 or emailing chmorgan@jjc.edu.

  • JJC Guitar Ensemble

    Combined concerts with the JJC Percussion Ensemble are held on December 12, 2017 and May 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

    This ensemble plays a variety of guitar literature that represents numerous styles of music, including African, Latin, Jazz, Classical and Rock-N-Roll.

    Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm. 

  • JJC Jazz Band

    JJC Jazz Band Concert

    • Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

     

    Concert Ticket Prices

    • $5 general public
    • $4 senior citizens, JJC faculty, staff, and non-JJC students
    • $2 for JJC students

    All performances are in the Fine Arts Theater on Main Campus.

    For more concert information, call Carol Foote, the Fine Arts Department Secretary, at (815) 280-2223 or email cfoote@jjc.edu

    The Joliet Junior College Jazz Band is a college instrumental ensemble comprised of students and community members of high school age or older. This ensemble is one of many fine ensembles offered by the JJC Music department. Its mission is to provide an educational and creative outlet for residents in Joliet Junior College District 525 for both traditional and non-traditional students. Under the direction of Mr. Rich Moore, this community jazz band has achieved national recognition, having performed in St. Louis, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., Orlando, Fla., and New Orleans.

    The ensemble has also made appearances at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival for over 20 years and numerous Midwest jazz festivals. The band has an open enrollment, and anyone who plays a typical jazz instrument is eligible.

    This ensemble is directed by Professor Rich Moore who holds a B.M. degree in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies and an M.M. degree in Clarinet Performance.

    There is no entrance audition, and participants may register for course credit or as non-credit. The JJC Jazz Band is dedicated to playing and performing the best of jazz repertoire. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays during the school year, 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in the new music area in J-3036. Contact Rich Moore, director at rmoore@jjc.edu for additional information.

  • JJC Percussion Ensemble

    Combined concerts with the JJC Guitar Ensemble are held on December 12, 2017 and May 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

    This Ensemble, under the direction of Adam Cowger, is open to college students (music majors and non- majors), adult community members, and advanced high school students. The group performs one concert per semester on campus and attends and performs at numerous percussion festivals in the Chicagoland area. Prior to joining the ensemble, potential members should contact Mr. Cowger at acowger@jjc.edu for permission to enroll.

    The group performs a diverse range of percussion ensemble repertoire including: contemporary, classical, jazz, and various types of world music. Select composers' works performed include: Roland Barrett, Bob Becker, John Coltrane, Nathan Daughtrey, Paquito D’Rivera, Brett Dietz, Mark Ford, Mario Gaetano, Gary Gipson, Lynn Glassock, Josh Gottry, Daniel Levitan, Mike Manieri, Jack Stamp, Michael Varner, and many more.

    The ensemble frequently performs with top professionals in all areas of percussion. Recent special guest artists include: Rubén Alvarez, Mike Mixtacki, Brad Stirtz, and Liam Teague.

    Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., in room J-3035.

  • Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)

    MYSO seeks to promote and challenge talented orchestral musicians by providing an opportunity to perform symphonic repertoire of a wide variety of styles and historical periods. Members of MYSO consists of junior and senior high school students from Joliet and 19 surrounding communities, as well as students from JJC, Lewis University, and the University of Saint Francis.

    The orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, rehearses on Wednesday evenings from late August through May at Lewis University with concerts performed at JJC, Lewis, and St. Francis. JJC students may register for credit by enrolling in Music 160: Instrumental Ensemble.

    Concerts will be held on October 29, 2017 and March 18, 2018.

    All concerts begin at 4:00 pm. Ticket cost is $10.00 each.

  • Musica Viva

    This series offers performances by national and international guests, JJC faculty, graduate students and JJC alumni. The recitals, which are free of charge, are held on Sundays at 3:00 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, unless otherwise noted, with convenient free parking and wheel-chair accessibility.


    March 25, 2018, 3:00 pm
    • Faculty Artist Concert*
    • Rich Moore, Clarinet
    • Location: JJC Fine Arts Theatre

    April 8, 2018, 3:00 pm
    • Guest Artist/Alumni Concert: Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Trumpet
    • Location: JJC Fine Arts Theatre

    Followed by a free master class for high school and college students.

    For more information, contact Philip Spencer, Professor of Music/Musica Viva Coordinator by calling (815) 280-2225 or email pspencer@jjc.edu. 

  • Health and Safety for Musicians

    All School of Music Faculty, Administrators, and Students should regularly review the available resources for maintaining Health and Safety standards set forth by NASM. The material below is excerpted from the NASM website. The links below will take you to the NASM site where additional resources may be found.

    Hearing Health

    The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have developed a comprehensive overview of hearing health issues for postsecondary schools and departments of music. Information of a medical nature is provided by PAMA; information regarding contextual issues in music programs, by NASM.

    1. Basic Information on Hearing Health - Administrators and Faculty
    2. Basic Information on Hearing Health - Faculty and Staff
    3. Protect Your Hearing Every Day: Information and Recommendations for Student Musicians
    4. Protecting Your Hearing Health: Student Information Sheet on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

    Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health

    The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have developed draft material regarding neuromusculoskeletal and vocal health issues for postsecondary schools and departments of music. Information of a medical nature is provided by PAMA; information regarding contextual issues in music programs, by NASM.

    Joliet Junior College Music and Etymotic Research

    Joliet Junior College is proud to announce it has partnered with Etymotic Research to be able to provide free hearing protection and education for all of our faculty and music majors.

  • Jerry E. Lewis Music Scholarship

    This scholarship was established by the Fine Arts Department in 2004 to celebrate the life and teaching career of Jerry E. Lewis, a span of thirty-three years during which he taught applied brass and jazz history; directed the JJC Jazz Band (25 years); and was the founder and director of the JJC Community Band (26 years). Mr. Lewis also chaired the Music Department and the Fine Arts Department (27 years). The recipient will be nominated and voted upon by the Joliet Junior College Music and Theater faculty and staff. The annual scholarship is non-renewable.

    The following criteria must be met:

    • Recipient must demonstrate exceptional potential as a music or theatre major.
    • Finalists may be asked to audition, interview, and/ or present a portfolio.
    • Student must have a 3.0 GPA in Music classes and a 2.7 overall.
    • Your enrollment status must be Full-time (twelve or more hours).

    View other fine art scholarships available.

Audition Information

Students enrolling in applied music courses for the first time at Joliet Junior College must audition on their instrument(s) to insure placement in the appropriate level of applied music. Auditions for 2018 Spring Semester were held on Tuesday, January 09, 2018. Audition appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Fine Arts Office at (815) 280-2223. Students must be enrolled in the applied course in order to audition.

  • Audition Dress Code

    Dress Appropriately

    Women: Dress (knee length or longer) / Pant Suit
    Men: Suit or sport jacket with shirt and tie

  • Audition Requirements

    Wind/String Instruments

    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales
    2. Perform an exercise or etude from any standard method work
    3. Perform a solo of moderate to difficult ability level

    Voice

    1. Sing two contrasting works of appropriate difficulty. An accompanist will be provided or you may provide your own.
    2. Demonstrate a basic proficiency in aural skills and vocal production.
    3. Sight read

    Percussion

    1. Students may audition on snare drum, mallets, timpani, or multiple percussion.
    2. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales
    3. Perform a solo or etude of moderate to difficult ability level
    4. Exhibit proficiency in rudiments (snare drum)
    5. Sight read

    Piano

    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales
    2. Perform two compositions (two- or three-part invention, prelude and fugue, suite, work of Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, or a nineteenth or twentieth century composition)
    3. Sight read

    Guitar/Bass

    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales.
    2. Perform two compositions demonstrating various techniques.
    3. Sight read

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