Woodwind Ensemble IV

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 244

       Course Name: Woodwind Ensemble IV

       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. Prepare musical selections for concert performance.
  2. Complete transposition/arranging project.
  3. Perform in concert.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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• 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. Selection of music for concert.
  2. Review of material from MUS 243.
  3. Advanced sight reading.
  4. Arranging concepts and techniques that apply to ensemble performance.
  5. Material selection for transposition/arranging projects.
  6. Review of concert tape recording.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instruction is provided by rehearsing the ensemble, addressing any problems the student may have, and assisting in transposition/arranging project.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attendance at all rehearsals unless prior arrangement with instructor.
  2. Improve proficiency in ensemble music.
  3. Participation in class discussions.
  4. Transposition/arranging project.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  1. Music from the OCC Woodwind Library
  2. Handouts from instructor and listening examples
  3. Student projects (transposition/arranging)
  4. Representative Literature
    1. Repertoire will include selections from works, such as:
    2. Four Jazz Vignettes—Niehaus
    3. Salute to Glenn Miller—Meacham/Holcombe
    4. Three Duets—Beethoven
    5. Chamber Sonata—Corelli

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Attendance at rehearsals and concert.
  2. Proficiency in ensemble playing and in musical selections for 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.