Jazz Band I
I. Course Prefix/Number: MUS 117
Course Name: Jazz Band I
Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course offers comprehensive and practical study of jazz band idiom. Involves performance with the award-winning Oakton Jazz Band; sectional and ensemble discussion and scheduled rehearsal of various jazz band works, along with public performance. Student compositions encouraged. Recommended: Two years of instruction on the instrument, experience in jazz ensemble performance and audition.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To demonstrate playing skills within Ensemble performance.
- To play chair positions in all sections.
- To compose/arrange Jazz Band Music.
- To perform in concert.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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:
- Sight reading all styles of pop and jazz music.
- Warm-up techniques, dynamics, rhythm (eighth note interpretations, syncopation, triplets, etc.), and various styles (ballads, shuffle, swing, show tunes, vocals, and Latin-American: rumba, beguine, bossa nova, mambo, samba).
- Blues scales
- Pentatonic scales (major and minor)
VII. Methods of Instruction
- New and experimental works are chosen from the OCC jazz band library with encouragement for student arrangements.
- Whenever new music is handed out, a sectional rehearsal, in separate rooms may be utilized as part of the rehearsal.
- A small amount of lecture must be incorporated to explain scale function and guide you in your interpretation of the music.
- Student feedback, critiques, and discussion will be highly important in developing our ears and our ensemble playing abilities.
- Scheduled performances will solidify our work.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Weekly attendance is mandatory.
- At least two (2) hours per week should be devoted to independent group rehearsal. Additional personal practice will be needed to master your part completely.
- Acceptance of performance dates in advance.
IX. Instructional Materials
Repertoire from jazz band library and original compositions and arrangements by student.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.