As part of the Master Plan’s goal of increasing academic space at JJC, the music program will be tripling its space this fall when renovations on the third floor of J-Building are complete. The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited program has been operating with very limited space the past several years, making scheduling and adding new classes difficult.
The program will now be gaining a recording lab, classrooms, practice rooms, band and choir rooms, storage, and faculty offices in the space that formerly held the library.
“The added classrooms and improved rehearsal space is very exciting,” said Charles Morgan, associate professor of music at JJC. “We have also added a recording studio so that we can expand our program offerings to include digital recording and media.”
One feature that has been incorporated in the new space is additional layers of drywall and sound batt insulation, which will greatly reduce sound transmission between walls. The new music program location also includes “shelled space” that will allow the program to expand as needed in the future.
The theatre program will be also be expanding when a new black box theatre opens this fall on the first floor of K-Building in the former band room space. The 70-75 seat auditorium will provide a space for more intimate theatre productions. The first play in the black box theatre will be held in October.