Applied Music Jazz Guitar II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 189

       Course Name: Applied Music Jazz Guitar II

       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:

    Level of Material:
    1. Minor Blues, “Mr. P.C.”, etc.
    2. 32 Measure song form - “Just Friends”, “Autumn Leaves”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, etc. Basically starting to learn the standards from the Real Book. (mandatory for earning a living)
    3. “Rhythm” changes - “Oleo”, “Antropology”, etc. (optional introduction of Omni Book)
    4. Bossa Nova tunes “Ipanema”, etc.
    5. 5. Introduce the Jazz Waltz, “Bluesette” and odd time signatures. 5/4 etc.
    1. Continued Development of skills from MUS 169 (increase tempo)
    2. More advanced studies from Gailbraith, Aebersold, Baker and Bach (2 - part inventions as duets)
    3. Scales, add ascending melodic minor, Aeolian Phrygian, and Locrian modes, and whole tone
    4. Arpeggios: to 169 material, add altered major 7th and altered dominate 7. (b5 - #5)
    Level of material:
    1. Continued development of skills from MUS 169
    2. Add intermediate/advanced studies from Lennie Niehaus, Gailbraith.
    3. Add Kreutzer Violin Studies
    Level of Material
    1. Continued development of skill from MUS 169
    2. Learning “Interval System” for comping
    3. Linear skills through 8th notes and triplets
    Level of Material
    1. Continued development of skills from MUS 169 (increase tempo)
    2. Minor Blues
    3. Add “Single Elements” from Aebersold’s “Basic 10”, transposed translated for guitar and its specific problems
    4. Introduce motive development and sequences
    5. Introduce the BeBop language. (The common Practice period of the jazz idiom)
    6. Utilization of “Guidetones” (axis of 3rd and 7th)
    7. Start compiling motifs. (Parker, Davis, Et al)
    Fingerboard Harmony
    1. Continued development of skills from MUS 169 (add inversions)
    2. Triads from Ascending Melodic minor
    3. 7th chords from ascending melodic minor
    4. Inversion of ii - V7 - I, and ii - V7 - I
    5. “Comping for Guitar” by Barry Gailbraith

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 enough 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.

Repertoire is assigned according to the student’s level of playing ability and includes 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
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.