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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 815-280-2569. For more information about JJC’s Fine Arts Department, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts.