Music Program Earns National Accreditation

Joliet Junior College’s Music program has earned reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). JJC was first accredited by NASM in 2002 and is one of only 31 community colleges in the country to have earned this recognition. 

According to NASM, accredited programs are held to the highest curriculum standards. This means creating optimum learning conditions and developing the strength and quality of music in higher education.

JJC ensemble

“It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational and other music-related endeavors,” according to the organization’s website. 

“This is very important for our students,” said Charles Morgan, music program coordinator. “As they transfer on to their four-year school of choice, the transfer school knows the quality of instruction and standards the students are achieving truly are exceptional.” 

Students enrolled in JJC’s Music program can earn either an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in music or a Certificate of Completion in music technology. 

The music department is newly renovated with a state-of-the-art computer keyboard lab, professional recording studio, a theatre and Wenger VAE practice rooms. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and in two choirs.

“It all comes down to doing what is best for our students. The extra work in preparing self-studies, annual reports, attending annual meetings and site visits is all worth it when we see our students succeed,” said Morgan. 

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