Instrumental Ensemble I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 105

       Course Name: Instrumental Ensemble I

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course teaches techniques of performing and is open to all students interested in continuing on their various instruments. Classes form according to instrumentation. Auditions required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To perform ensemble music at the appropriate level.
  2. To perform all kinds of repertoire, including symphonic literature.
  3. To give public performances that serves a powerful stimulus for the students to practice and to excel.
  4. To demonstrate listening and critical thinking skills through self and peer performances.
  5. To demonstrate ability to follow verbal and visual direction of the conductor during ensemble rehearsals and performances.

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. Technique
    1. Exercises
      1. Major and minor scales
      2. Major and minor arpeggios
      3. Other technical exercises as needed
  2. Theory
    1. Keyboard Harmony
      1. Discussion of form found in the different piano literature
      2. Analysis of different chordal structures found in the different repertoire
    2. Ear Training
      1. Listening to each other’s parts of the ensemble and learning to control dynamics and following the conductor
    3. Repertoire
      1. Rehearsing extensively each week for the different ensemble and solo literature
      2. The ensemble performs public concerts and at the conclusion of the course, each musician must be able to perform pieces like a rag by Scott Joplin or Marche Caracteristicque Op. 121, No. 1 by Schubert, etc.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Weekly rehearsals will include lectures, explanation, and extensive practice of skills.  Most learning will be in a group setting although some emphasis will be placed on individual instruction and practice.  Extra rehearsals are required as needed.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • A minimum of sixty minutes of practice a day will be expected for this course.
  • Weekly attendance is mandatory.
  • Acceptance of performance dates in advance.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Duet music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary periods for different instruments will be used.  Also, solo literature from the different periods will be used.

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

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.