Applied Music Conducting I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 151

       Course Name: Applied Music Conducting I

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Courses offer private study in specialized areas. Strongly recommended that student who desires to study piano, voice, etc. complete all class levels offered for that particular instrument (class piano, class voice, etc.). Intent of applied music is to increase ability to perform more advanced music from all periods and styles. Arrangements must be made through the music faculty who arrange lessons in piano, voice, band and orchestra instruments.

IV.   Learning Objectives

To demonstrate correct body posture, baton technique and style.

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

  1. The conductor or musician
  2. Body posture
  3. Baton technique
  4. Conducting patterns (legato & staccato)
  5. Beat subdivision
  6. Cueing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Weekly lesson will include lectures, explanation and demonstration of skills.


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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Read and abide by the list of applied lesson policies handed out at the beginning of the term.
  2. Attend all lessons at the time given.
  3. Practice and be willing to devote enough time to the art of individual private instruction.
  4. To conduct a variety of pieces at the appropriate level.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Materials are supplied by the instructor and include the use of recordings, video, and representative scores from varied musical periods and composers.  These materials include: Symphony #5, Beethoven; Symphony #40, Mozart; Symphony #8, Schubert.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grade will be based on class attendance, preparedness and progress a student makes in his/her conducting during the semester.

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.