Class String Instruments

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 133

       Course Name: Class String Instruments

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course designed for the student who wants to play a string instrument. Of particular value for the student who intends to major in music and needs knowledge of string instruments.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate ensemble skills of listening, balancing, tuning and expressing musical ideas.
  2. To describe the literature, history and acoustical considerations of string ensembles.
  3. To play and teach group instruction on string instruments.
  4. To compose original music for string ensemble.
  5. To identify the basics of each orchestral instrument.
  6. 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. Note reading skills
  2. Good posture
  3. Holding instrument and bow correctly
  4. Phrasing
  5. Dynamics
  6. Basic vocabulary of musical terms and how they apply to the different instruments

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Tests
  2. Quizzes
  3. Essays
  4. Oral Exams
  5. Proficiency checks on each string instruments

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Practice to learn music and skills required for ensemble rehearsals and concert performance.
  2. Listening to examples of music which in many instances will be performed by string ensemble members at concert time.
  3. Public performance.
  4. Perform simple compositions.

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. Hand-outs
  2. Recorded listening material

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Improvement in the following areas:
    1. Ensemble awareness and skills
    2. Musical expression
  2. Preparation for Spring Concert
  3. Attendance

XI.   Other Course Information

Individual instructors will determine course policies regarding such matters as attendance, grading and other matters.

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.