Instrumental Percussion Ensemble I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 109

       Course Name: Instrumental Percussion Ensemble I

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course concentrates on advanced percussion solo and ensemble music for students who have experience in beginning ensemble music or several years of high school band or orchestra performance. Of particular value for those who intend to major in music and need the knowledge of percussion. Recommended: three years of private instruction on percussion instruments, experience in beginning ensemble music or two years of high school band/orchestra/jazz ensemble.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate percussion techniques necessary to perform ensemble literature at a college level.
  2. To prepare for concert performances.
  3. To perform a concert with the ensemble.
  4. To demonstrate appropriate care and maintenance of the instruments being used.
  5. To play any part on a non-pitched membrane and/or metallic instrument.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Representative topics such as:

  1. Stick Control Book:
    1. Stick Control
    2. Rudimental Reference Guide
    3. Master Studies
  2. Rudimental Snare Drum:
    1. The All American Drummer
    2. Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer
    3. N.A.R.D.
  3. Memorize the first 27 Rudiments and their variations
  4. Perform a Rudimental Solo and Rudiments for a three member Jury

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Weekly rehearsals constantly improve the Percussionist in preparation skills and technique. This is done by performing new and experimental works, besides all standard repertoire.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attention to playing skills within ensemble performance at college level.
  2. Composition of original percussion ensemble music.
  3. Annual concert performance.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Representative textbook such as:

  1. Teaching Rhythm by Joel Rothman
  2. Repertoire from the Percussion library. Mainly focusing on literature without pitched instruments.
  3. Demonstration of proper techniques.
  4. Instructional videos and CDs.
  5. Handouts when applicable.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Methods of evaluating a student’s progress will be determined on class attendance, preparedness, and progress a student makes in his/her playing during the semester.  Attention to playing skills within ensemble performances will also be observed.  Attendance at all ensemble concerts and at all rehearsals is expected and required.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.