Woodwind Ensemble I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 143

       Course Name: Woodwind Ensemble I

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies advanced woodwind solo and ensemble music. Of value for those intending to major in music and need the knowledge of woodwind instruments. Intended for students with two years of private instruction on woodwind instruments, experience in beginning ensemble music or two years of high school band/orchestra/jazz ensemble.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate ensemble skills re: balance, intonation, rhythm, and articulation.
  2. To demonstrate musicianship, interpretation, tone, and technique.
  3. Play lead on at least one ensemble repertoire piece during the semester.
  4. Identify the differences between chamber music performance and large ensemble performance.
  5. Identify melodic line shifts from player to player and adjust dynamics in his or her own part accordingly.

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:

  1. Ensemble Skills: Balance intonation, rhythm and articulation.
  2. Performance Skills: musicianship, interpretation tone and technique.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Playing, working on, and sight-reading music will comprise most of the rehearsal time.  Additional discussion time will be spent on techniques, choosing literature to fit the instrumentation of the group, and student/teacher critique of the class “performance.”

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attendance at all rehearsals unless by prior arrangement with instructor.
  2. Individual practice of musical materials used during rehearsals.
  3. Participation in class discussions about style considerations, performances, practices, and ensemble unity.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

At all rehearsals have:

  1. Instrument in good working order.
  2. All music, method books, and handouts used in rehearsals.
A music manuscript, paper, notebook and pencil to record new information and changes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Each rehearsal receives a grade based on preparedness, mastery of skills taught in previous rehearsals, completion of literature research assignments, and effort to improve as both a group and as an individual within the group.  Expect to perform in the end of semester concert.

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.

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.