Jazz Ensemble I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 125

       Course Name: Jazz Ensemble I

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents overall view and structured study of various aspects of contemporary and jazz music. Recommended: One year of music theory (or equivalent), proficiency on instrument (or 1 year of piano instruction).

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To apply scales, chords, cycles of fifths, chromatics and blues scales.
  2. To demonstrate composing/arranging techniques.
  3. To analyze musical pieces according to music theory and song structure.
  4. To describe jazz and contemporary styles with discussion of the subject.
  5. To perform in concert.

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. Basics of ear-training
  2. Jazz theory
  3. Small ensemble playing techniques
  4. Sight-reading
  5. Creative arrangements of standard jazz charts
  6. Performance
  7. Warm-up
  8. Dynamic
  9. Rhythmic interpretations and various styles within the jazz idiom will be explored.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture with appropriate visual, aural, and reading materials from instructor.
  2. Discussion and practical application of material along with analysis.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading and discussion of course materials.
  2. Compare and perform musical works and exercises.
  3. Practice and performance of works.
  4. Listening to jazz and contemporary artists in performance.
  5. Attendance is mandatory.
  6. Analysis of various jazz and contemporary music structures.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  1. Selected readings
  2. Listening to various recordings relative to subject matter
  3. Music for analysis (OCC music library)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Attendance
  2. Participation in class
  3. Completion and competency of assignments

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.