Applied Saxophone I
I. Course Prefix/Number: MUS 159
Course Name: Applied Saxophone I
Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 6 lab)
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 perform music artistically from a variety of periods, styles, and repertoire.
- To develop listening and critical thinking skills through self evaluation of performance.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
This area will be tailored to fit individual student needs, to emphasize their strengths, and to overcome their weaknesses. All lessons will include studies in technique and musicality using instructional materials suitable to the student’s level. In addition to these general guidelines, the following representative topics will be addressed:
- Memorization of the chromatic scale throughout the entire practical range of the instrument using applicable chromatic alternate fingerings.
- Memorization of all 12 major scales from tonic to tonic, throughout the range of the instrument.
- Completion of one listening report, featuring saxophone in some way. See section X of applied saxophone course syllabus for additional information.
- Weekly sight-reading and etude studies from the standard collegiate study repertoire.
VII. Methods of Instruction
The weekly lesson will include lecture, explanation, and demonstration of skills.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Read and abide by the list of applied lesson policies handed out at the beginning of the term.
- Weekly attendance at private lessons is required.
- Practice and be willing to devote enough time to individual instruction. (A minimum of six hours of practice per week is required.)
- Listening and reading assignments will be required. (Topics to be discussed.)
- Performance of one short solo piece or movement with accompaniment in a semester concert.
IX. Instructional Materials
Repertoire is assigned according to the student’s level of playing ability and include representative compositions from the different musical periods.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Grade will be based on class attendance, preparedness, and progress a student makes in his/her playing 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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.