Brass Ensemble III

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 241

       Course Name: Brass Ensemble III

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies advanced brass solo and ensemble music. Of value for those who intend to major in music and need the knowledge of brass instruments. Recommended: two years of private instruction on brass instruments, experience in beginning ensemble music or two years of high school band/orchestra/jazz ensemble.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To differentiate the various musical styles of pieces written for Brass ensemble.
  2. To continue to demonstrate skills of tone production, technique and musicality.
  3. To continue to demonstrate ensemble skills including balance, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and correct articulation.
  4. To begin to write original arrangements or compositions of music for Brass ensemble.
  5. To play different styles of music written for Brass ensemble.

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. Transposition of parts.
  2. F Horn/Bb Instruments.
  3. Dynamic Cognizance.
  4. Ensemble skills and practice.
  5. Arrangement and compositional techniques.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Instruction for ensemble is given within a rehearsal context, with students asked to play their parts individually and in instrument sections to help identify problems, coaching, but not conducting, of smaller groups by instructor.
  2. Instruction for those students participating in arranging and composing will take place on an individual basis at a designated time of rehearsal, and ensemble will read through completed sections to aid in these projects.

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. Practice with and improvement upon student's individual parts.
  3. Participation in class discussions
  4. An original arrangement or composition for Brass ensemble - this may be an option for interested students.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Representative Literature:

  1. Music written for Brass Ensembles, such as selections from the following pieces:
    1. Two Pieces - William Brade
    2. Overture to Carmen - Bizet
    3. Canzona per Sonare #2 - Giovanni Gabrielli
    4. Canzona Bergamasca - Schiedt
    5. Book of Favorite Quintets - Canadian Brass
  2. Music from Oakton Brass Ensemble Library
  3. Handouts on various related topics

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Attendance at rehearsals and concerts.
  2. Participation in class discussions.
  3. Improvement in performance of parts and ensemble awareness.
  4. Extra credit for those students participating in the composing or arranging option.

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.