Class Percussion I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 134

       Course Name: Class Percussion I

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course deals with percussion studies to produce complete percussion solo and ensemble music. Intended for students who have no previous experience other than preparatory work in reading snare drum music. Recommended: Basic snare drum study.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To identify basic percussion instruments and the correct performance techniques on snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, accessories, and tympani.
  2. To play elementary percussion ensemble music.
  3. To perform in recitals.

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. The “Match Grip” method of holding sticks/mallets.
  2. Identify:
    Note values
    Time signatures
    Various repeat signs
  3. Stick Control Book:
    Stick Control
    Rudimental Reference Guide
  4. Reading:
    As a group (unison) play through “Reading Rhythm”—Joel Rothman
  5. Proper maintenance of the Snare Drum

VII.  Methods of Instruction

By lecture, technique demonstration and performance skills. Individual assistance given to aid student’s progress.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Weekly attendance is expected.
  2. A minimum of thirty minutes a day of practice will be expected for the course.
  3. Final exam.

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. "Percussion Studies" by T. Brown and W. Musser,  "Techniques of Playing Bass Drum, Cymbals and Accessories" by A. Payson, "Percussion in the School Music Program" by A. Payson and J. McKenzie.
  2. Varied percussion music for concert and ensemble performance.
  3. Original composition/arrangements by students.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Attendance and participation.
  2. Playing skills for recitals, percussion ensemble music and stage presence.
  3. Final exam.

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.