JJC Offers New Music Technology Program

Joliet Junior College announced late last week that it is now one of the only colleges in the area that offers a state-of-the art music technology program – and students are able to enroll as early as the fall 2014 semester.

JJC’s program contains classes that will teach production and sound skills, as well as the fundamentals of music and music business. This will create a strong foundation for students who wish to gain careers as sound engineers, sound editors, audio operators, composers, music producers, music teachers, or small music recording business owners. The field of music technology can also help students land unique careers, such as composing music for a video game company or managing live sound at an amusement park.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, music technology careers are in high demand. Postsecondary music teacher careers are expected to grow 19 percent between 2012 and 2022. Projected job growth by 2022 for sound editors, sound engineer technicians and audio engineers is 9 percent; and composers and jingle writers are 5 percent.

JJC has offered music technology classes in the past, but this is the first year the college has implemented a full program. According to David Nuccio, program coordinator, music technology is not only a new concept for JJC, but it’s also a new field of study altogether. Colleges and universities across the country are just starting to implement these types of classes and programs into their curriculum.

Nuccio has spent the last three years hard at work, developing music technology courses for students. Now that the courses have turned into a program, Nuccio is excited to teach valuable skills to JJC students.

“JJC’s music technology program will teach students about the industry, but it will also teach them about self motivation, entrepreneurship, discipline, and how to showcase their ability,” he said. “The music technology student is not your typical music major. Many are not killer musicians, and many do not want to jump on stage to perform. But they are students who still want music in their careers.”

In addition to the basics of music technology, students will also learn about copyright laws, publishing, independent music companies, and the recording industry.

Students who graduate from JJC’s music technology program will receive a certificate of completion at which point they can either begin their career search or transfer to a four-year school.

For more information about the music technology program, contact Nuccio at dnuccio@jjc.edu, or call 815-280-2569. For more information about JJC’s Fine Arts Department, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts.

Amazon Buys Video Streaming Site

Amazon has stepped its game up. Not only can you live steam movies from Amazon Prime, buy items from the Amazon site itself and have DVDs sent right to your home, you are now  able to stream and watch video games online. In a $970 million dollar deal, Amazon has bought the internet streaming site, Twitch. The objective of the site is to be able to broadcast and watch gameplay. The site boasts of having 55 million users each month, which is well over Youtube. “Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. With that being said, be on the lookout for the Twitch aspect of Amazon. Who knows? Amazon may be able to proofread papers next. Amazon is on the rise. Keep up or get left behind.

Justice is Served!

Justice is being served for the murders of Terrence Rankins and Eric Glover that took place January 9th, 2013. For those that are unsure of the situation, there was a double murder that took place in Joliet, Illinois. Four individuals were involved, Alisa Massaro, 20, Bethany McKee, 20, Joshua Miner, 26, and Adam Landerman, 21. These individuals robbed and strangled Rankins and Glover, and then spent the money they stole on cigarettes. All four of the individuals are being tried separately. Massaro told police on May 22, that she lied to police several times when she was first questioned, and was now telling the truth of what took place the day of the murders. Massaro took the plea deal that was offered, which reduced her murder charges to robbery and concealing a homicide. She was also sentenced to 10 years in prison and in return agreed to testify against McKee, Miner, and Landerman. Bethany McKee had her trial this week and is awaiting the verdict that the judge will give by August 29. If found guilty, McKee will serve a life sentence without parole. Miner and Landerman are still awaiting trial that will take place separately.