Music


  • Liberal & Fine Arts

What Will I Learn?

Thank you for your interest in music at Joliet Junior College!

Joliet Junior College has one of the premier two-year music programs in the country, and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This outstanding music program attracts students from around the district. 

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, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and in two Choirs. 

We are also excited to offer a 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.

Message from the Program Coordinator

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, and 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 develop your passion for music.  

I invite you to explore our site to see all that JJC Music has to offer.

Charles Morgan
Music Coordinator / Professor of Music

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More About JJC Music

  • Admissions and Auditions

    New students must apply for admission to Joliet Junior College before enrolling in classes, auditioning for applied lesson, or entering a degree program.

    Audition

    Students enrolling in applied music courses for the first time at Joliet Junior College must audition on their major instrument to insure placement in the appropriate level of applied music. 

    Auditions are scheduled during Final Exam Week at the conclusion of the Spring Semester in May and during Opening Weeks in August and January.  Please note that students will not be allowed to participate in Applied Music lessons without an audition at one of the three scheduled times held in the academic year. 

    Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Fine Arts office at (815) 280-2223. 


    Wind / Strings Instruments

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


    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:  Students may audition on snare drum, mallets, timpani or multiple percussion.

    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales.
    2. Perform a solo or etude of moderate to difficult ability level.
    3. Exhibit proficiency in rudiments (snare drum).
    4. 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.


    Dress: Audition / Jury / Recital

    • Attire is semi-formal: NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE
    • WOMEN - Dress (knee length or longer) / Pant Suit
    • MEN - Suit or sport jacket with shirt and tie

     

    Students in inappropriate attire will not be allowed to perform. Appropriate dress is a sign of respect for an audience, as well as for the music being performed, and contributes to a professional presentation

  • Accredited

    Joliet Junior College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

    Schools accredited by these agencies are held to a very high degree of accountability. Joliet Junior College's programs are carefully scrutinized to ensure they include the most important, relevant and comprehensive approaches to learning.

    Accreditation ensures that every student has the opportunity to study in a way the produces not only a talented musician, but a musician who is well prepared for life after college.

  • Portability of Credits

    Courses taken at an accredited school like JJC are far more likely to be accepted as transfer courses than courses taken at a school that is not accredited.

  • 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

    BASIC INFORMATION ON 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

    BASIC INFORMATION ON 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.

  • Upcoming Concert Information

    November

    30th at Noon

    Student Music Recital will be held in the Theatre and live-streamed.

    December

    2nd at 7:30 p.m.

    On December 2nd, at 7:30 p.m., the JJC Jazz Band, directed by Professor Richard Moore, will present a concert that features big band music as performed by the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band on several recordings from 1958. The band will also feature two arrangements from Wes Montgomery's 1966 recording Goin' Out of My Head.

    The JJC Jazz Combo, directed by Professor David Nuccio, will perform small-group arrangements of the original compositions and tunes from the standard jazz repertory.

    The concert will open up with a short set by the Reed-Custer Middle School, directed by JJC alumnus Alex Paolone.

    This event will be in-person and live-streamed.

    4th at 3 p.m.

    The Joliet Junior College Community Band will present its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, December 4th, at 3:00 p.m. in the Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Theatre at 1215 Houbolt Road. Out special guest will be JJC's new President, Dr. Clyne Namuo as narrator on "The Nightmare Before Christmas". The band is under the direction of Professor Charles Morgan, Music Coordinator and Director of Bands at Joliet Junior College.

    This concert will offer something for everyone: marches, transcriptions, and original compositions for band. The first half will include "Atlantic City Pageant" an exciting march by John Phillip Sousa; the overture to "Le Nozze Di Figaro" arranged by Tohru Takahashi; "Dreams in the Dusk", a beautiful piece for concert band by BJ Brooks; and "Vesuvius" a powerful musical depiction of a fiery dance of the last days of the doomed city of Pompeii.

    Our second half will begin with "Monkey Business" a powerful march by David Lovrien, and "I Love my Love" by Gustav Holst. We will then start the seasonal celebration with "The Night Before Christmas" arranged by Randol Alan Bass, featuring JJC President Dr. Clyne Namuo as our narrator; "Jingle them Bells" by James Peirpont and arranged by Julie Giroux. This is a fantastic rendition of a holiday favorite. We will then wrap up the concert with "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson.

    Please join the JJC Community Banr on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 p.m. in the Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Theatre for this concert of outstanding band repertoire, beautifully performed by some of the area's finest musicians. The JJC Community Band if proud to be celebrating out 43rd year of musical excellence. Visit www.JJC.edu/music for ticket information and streaming details for those who cannot attend in person.

    Purchase tickets with the link here and register for the live-stream here.

    9th at 7:30 p.m.

    The JJC Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Adam Roth, will perform a wide variety of music including music of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, jazz standards, Pink Floyd, and John Williams. Ensemble members include Sam Burns, Brian Gaspar, and Jeremy Stajkowski.

    The JJC Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Adam Cowger, will perform a varied program including music from the contemporary, classical, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and film genres. Featured composers include, John Coltrane, Michael Giacchino, Lynn Glassock, Alan Keown, and Andrew Smit. Ensemble members include Joshua Dittmann, Dana Goodman, Josh Leveille, Jimmy Masek, Anthony McDonald, Dominik Mendoza, and Tristen Schaefer.

    10th at 3 p.m.

    The JJC Steel Band, under the direction of Professor Adam Cowger, will perform its first concert in the JJC Fine Arts Theatre. The steel band performs on authentic oil drums that have been painstakingly crafted into fully chromatic and beautiful sounding instruments. Come enjoy your favorite calypso, Soca, samba, mambo, and classical pieces. Dancing is highly encouraged!

    Ensemble members include Dana Goodman, Dena Lamb, Nancy Lehman, Rodney McCallister, Emily Reppy, Sydney Reppy, Sue Starcevich, and Liam Taylor.

    11th at 3 p.m.

    The Chamber Singers as well as the Joliet Junior College Chorale (JJC Chorale) will perform during the Joliet Junior College Choir Concert that will be held on Sunday, December 11th, at 3:00 p.m. in the Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Theatre. Both the Chamber Singers and the JJC Chorale are directed by Debra Miller. There is no entrance fee - are more than welcome to attend!

    The JJC Choir Concert will be composed of a mix of familiar and novel works in several different languages and unique arrangements. The first half of the concert will begin with the Chamber Singers who will start the concert off with the entire set of Frostiana; Seven Country Song composed by American composer Randall Thompson, based on the poems of Robert Frost. The Chamber Singers will then perform Psallite, a Renaissance A Capella Christmas repertoire by Michael Praetorius sung in Latin and German followed by "O Nata Lux" from Lux Aeterna arranged by Morten Lauridsen; "In the Bleak Midwinter" arranged by Abbie Bertinis; and "for unto Us a Child is Born," a chorus from Handel's most famous work, Messiah.

    Following the Chamber Singers, the second half will begin with the JJC Chorale performing Mass in G Major by the romantic composer Franz Shubert, sung in Latin. We will then continue the holiday celebration from the first half with Ding Dong Merrily on High arranged by Chester L. Alwes; followed by A La Nanita Nana, a traditional and famous Christmas Latin American lullaby arranged by Patty Gartshore, sung in Spanish; and Betelehemu, a Nigerian Christmas song by Olatunji and Wendell Whalum performed with three percussionists, sung in Nigerian. The concert's final piece, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl will be performed by the combined choirs.

    Please join us on Sunday, December 11th, at 3:00 p.m. at the JJC Fine Arts Theatre to come and enjoy this concert for a wonderful and diverse range of repertoires performed by the Chamber Singers and the JJC Chorale!

  • About Musica Viva

    About the Musica Viva Concert Series

    Musica Viva, meaning "live music," in Latin, is the only fully professional, entirely free-of-charge concert series of its kind at a college or university in the Chicagoland area. For more than 20 years, Musica Viva has featured outstanding national and international guest artists, JJC faculty and JJC alumni.

    If you enjoy JJC's Musica Viva concerts and wish to help ensure that they continue to be offered free-of-charge in the future, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Musica Viva Donors Fund through the JJC Foundation.

    For more information or to donate, contact Rich Moore at rmoore@jjc.edu or call (815) 280-2487.

    Watch our Musica Viva Concert from March 2021

Concert Dates & Streaming Information

Get tickets to all fine arts events here.

JJC Jazz Band and Jazz Combo

  • December 2nd at 7:30pm in the Fine Arts Theatre

JJC Community Band

  • December 4th at 3:00pm in the Fine Arts Theatre

JJC Guitar and Percussion

  • December 9th at 7:30pm in the Fine Arts Theatre

JJC Steel Band

  • December 10th at 3:00pm in the Fine Arts Theatre

JJC Chamber Singers and Chorale

  • December 11th at 3:00pm in the Fine Arts Theatre