Applied Music Jazz Guitar I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 169

       Course Name: Applied Music Jazz Guitar I

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

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

  1. To perform music artistically from a variety of periods, styles, and repertoire.
  2. To develop listening and critical thinking skills through self evaluation of performance.

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

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:

  1. Repertoire
    Level of Material
    1. Jazz Oriented Dominant Blues Tunes
      “Sonnymoon for Two”, “Tenor Madness”, etc.
    2. Modal Pieces
      “So What”, “Impressions”, (Dorian and Lydian)
    3. ii-V-I Tune types in major keys
      “Tune Up”, “Lady Bird”
    4. ii-V-i tune types in harmonic minor
      “Blue Bossa”
  2. Technique (All Techniques will be accumulative, the student will be responsible for everything at the end of the four semesters).
    1. Studies from Gailbraith, Aebersold, and Baker
    2. Scales (major, harmonic minor, minor pentanoic and blues) (2 octave +)
    3. Arpeggios (maj –min , Maj7 – min/maj7, dom7 – min7, maj6 – min6, half diminish – full diminished) (2 octave)
    4. Basic exercises (linear) 3rds, tetrachords, triads, diatonic 7ths, etc.
  3. Sight Reading
    Level of Material
    1. Berklee Sight Reading for the Guitar, Positions I-VII by Bill Leavitt
    2. Melodic Rhythms by Bill Leavitt
    3. Various Duet Books to supplement the above
  4. Transposition
    Level of Material
    To be determined by teacher and skill of the student.
  5. Improvisation
    Level of Material
    1. The concept of the “blanket” scale over the dominant blues progression utilizing the minor pentatonic and blues scales (all 12 keys)
    2. The “blanket” scale over the I-IV/V polychord progression utilizing the major scales. (all 12 keys supplemented by “major-minor” album by Aebersold)
    3. Same concept with the modal tunes utilizing Dorian, Lydian, and Mixolydian modes. (all 12)
    4. Same concept with ii – V7 – I major
    5. Same concept with ii Ø – V – I harmonic minor
    6. Entry level root oriented patterns
  6. Theory
    Fingerboard Harmony
    1. Major and minor triads, 6th, 5th, 4th, and 3rd string forms, all inversions, all 12 keys
    2. Diatonic 7th chords, root position, closed (where possible), “drop 2” and “drop 3” inversions from major and harmonic minor scales. Maj7, dom7, min7, mi7, b5, fully diminished, min/maj7 and maj 7#5, all 12 keys (basically harmonized scales)
    3. ii – V – I in all 12 keys
    4. ii – Ø – V – I in all 12 keys

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

  1. Play intermediate to advanced literature depending on the student's ability.
  2. Read and abide by the list of applied lesson policies handed out at the beginning of the term.
  3. Attend all lessons at the time(s) given.
  4. Practice and be willing to devote much time to the art of individual private instruction.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Solo, duet and group music from the jazz, contemporary, and popular idioms
Representative literature such as Studies by Baker, Melodic Rhythms by Bill Leavitt.

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
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.