Instrumental Percussion Ensemble II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 110

       Course Name: Instrumental Percussion Ensemble II

       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.
  6. To play at least one part on a pitched mallet 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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Representative topics such as:

  1. Continue Stick Control Book
  2. Memorize the remainder of the P.A.S. list of 40 Rudiments
  3. Concert Snare Drum:
    1. Modern School for Snare Drum
    2. Portraits in Rhythm
    3. Contemporary Studies for the Snare Drum
  4. Mallets
    1. Chromatic Scale (entire range)
    2. All Major Scales--two octave (recognized by key signature)
    3. Two mallet piece consisting of no fewer than 32 measures
  5. Perform Jury consisting of:
    1. Requested Rudiments
    2. Requested Scales
    3. Concert Style Snare Drum Piece
    4. Two mallet piece consisting of no fewer than 32 measures
  6. Drum Set:
    1. Drummer’s Cook Book
    2. Afro-Cuban Rhythm
    3. Studio/Jazz Cook Book (cont.)
    4. Big Band Primer (cont.)

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. Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed.
  2. Repertoire from the Percussion library.
  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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at