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What will I learn?

The Music and Recording Arts program has something for everyone — whether you're interested in pursuing music education, becoming a full-time professional musician or are a novice musical aficionado. Whether you already know that music is your true calling or if you’d just like to explore music as an avocation, JCCC is your destination to achieve those professional and personal goals.

What is your soundtrack? Tell your unique story and generate an emotional audience response. Create dialogue and sound effects for a final mix. Master the technical skills and aesthetic awareness to set you apart in the field.

Build a portfolio

The Recording Arts program at JCCC provides a certificate of completion for students who successfully complete the following courses:

Students who complete the coursework should have a solid background in music fundamentals, MIDI and audio. The successful student should be able to set up, conduct, mix and master recording sessions from basic to advanced levels. The end goal is for interested student musicians to have compiled a portfolio of their creative work, to be used for personal, commercial or academic purposes.

Additional Recording Arts courses, not required for the Recording Arts certificate, include:


  • Faculty comprises educators and professionals dedicated to furthering students’ skills in composition, performance and digital audio.
  • JCCC has cutting-edge technology—learn ProTools, the industry standard in digital audio production.
  • You will have individual workstations, access to a digital mixing board, a ProTools HD system and two recording booths to record vocal, drum and instrumental tracks.
  • Record original music at no extra charge with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Performance spaces are state-of-the-art and housed in the Midwest Trust Center:
    • Yardley Hall
    • Polsky Theatre
    • Recital Hall
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There are many opportunities for trained recording arts professionals, such as producing, sound reinforcement, video game creation, and film and television sound. With a recording arts certificate, here are a few opportunities you could pursue. Many classes also transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Audio engineer
  • Composer
  • Contemporary writer and producer
  • Desktop music producer
  • Film scorer
  • Jazz composer
  • Music business/manager
  • Music educator
  • Music producer and engineer
  • Music therapist
  • Performer
  • Professional musician
  • Record producer
  • Songwriter
  • Studio musician

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.