Welcome to the Music Department!
Our department is based on a "start where you are" philosophy of music education.That means we don't require auditions to enter our program because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to pursue college-level music study with individualized goals in mind. A range of advanced, intermediate, and beginner level students come to our program to get what they need to move ahead the next steps.
Our students have a reputation for learning a lot in a relatively short period of time.We've seen dozens of students who could not have been accepted at a 4-year music school become ready and able to make that transition after 2-3 years at GCC.
The music major at GCC is unique in the way it blends core music study, elective music study, and liberal arts study in a small department with so much individual attention.We primarily offer a diverse range of courses in Jazz and Contemporary music studies, along with audio recording coursework and opportunities. While many GCC students from other majors take music classes as electives, there are 20-30 students enrolled as Liberal Arts/Music concentration majors each year.
Flexibility is part of creativity.Our national economic and job climate is tough. Being a musician has never been an easy road, and it doesn’t appear to be getting easier anytime soon. The well-rounded abilities that come through liberal arts study are more important than ever, since success in today's world requires us to be more and more adept at creatively responding to situations and communicating with others.
For information on how to become involved in our department’s dynamic and growing community, feel free to email or call me anytime.
Matthew Ruby Shippee
Professor and Chair
Our students & alumni
“It’s hard to imagine that any other music department anywhere could have been such a good match for me.”
“GCC helped me become a creative musician and gave me the confidence I needed to play in front of and for people. “
“GCC has succeeded in becoming a second home away from home for me.”
“At GCC your work will get acknowledged and you will grow.”
“The GCC music program was a great place to start for me, being a self-taught musician like so many people are.”
“I’m truly grateful for the authentic growth that I’m experiencing through the GCC Music Department.”
“The GCC Music Department takes a unique view of music education.”
“GCC’s unique curricula, small classes, engaged students, and caring teachers made playing, living, and learning music an absolute pleasure.”
“Being at GCC quickly taught me what it means to be a full-on musician.”