Music Courses at New River Community College

Music 221 - 35 Music History I (Online Course)

Music History is a required course for all music majors, no matter what the discipline. This is a one-year online course divided into two semesters. The first semester covers Western music from the Medieval Period through the Baroque Period. The second semester covers the Classical Period through to today's Modern music.

For non-music majors and music lovers, this course provides a more in-depth view into the history of Western music than the introductory course of Music Appreciation. Non-music majors can choose whichever history period they wish to study, or both semesters for that matter.

Come delve into the past, learn the musical traditions and let that knowledge carry you through a lifetime of enlightened musical appreciation.

Course Materials

OnMusic History SurveyTo be purchased at the College Bookstore:
OnMusic History Survey Access Card

Getting Started

High speed internet access is required for this course.

Please go to the course information website (MUS 221-35) located on your NRCC Blackboard page. Read everything thoroughly.

Register the OnMusic History Survey access card.

Once you are in the course, make sure that you run a software check found under Contents & Assignments.

If you have any technical problems, please consult Technical Support with the OnMusic History course site.

I will send all communications to you at your NRCC email address, so please make sure that you check your email regularly. Other messages will appear under Announcements on the course site.

If there are any questions that arise other than technical ones, feel free to contact me at (540) 674-3600 ext.4351 or email me at

I look forward to working with you!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Why would I want to take this class?

    A: This class is designed for both the novice and the student who already has taken Music Appreciation. This study of the History of Music takes the student on a more in-depth path to overall music appreciation.

  • Q: If I plan on being a music major, will this class fulfill some of my future course requirements?

    A: Absolutely. All music majors need History of Music I and II

  • Q: Are these credits transferable?

    A: Yes. These credits are transferable and will apply towards humanities credits or towards the requirements for a music degree.

  • Q: Why take these courses at New River?

    A: New River Community College has been a leader in distance education and online courses. This particular online course is supported by an instructor who is passionate and knowledgeable about music and wants to instill that same passion and knowledge to her students through the interactive forum of online education.

  • Q: Who is this class designed for?

    A: This class is designed for both music majors and the student who feels comfortable working online and who needs the convenience of taking a course outside of the normal lecture time due to work related, family or physical restraints.

  • Q:Is this course entirely online? Can I be somewhere else and still take this course?

    A: No. Once the course materials have been picked up, all the coursework is done online.

  • Q: What course materials do I need?

    A: It is entirely online, with the exception of the Midterm and Final Exams. These exams will be taken at one of the testing centers at NRCC. If you need a proctor because you live elsewhere, just fill out the proctor forms that are located in blackboard so that a proctor can be arranged for you.

  • Q: Can I use the same OnMusic History Access Card for both Music History I and Music History II?

    A: Yes!

  • Q: Do I need to take these classes in a specific order?

    A: No. One can take them in whatever order that is convenient.

  • Q: How often are these courses offered?

    A: MUS 221-35 is offered every Fall Semester and MUS 222-35 is offered every Spring Semester.

  • Q: What do I do once I have the OnMusic History Survey Access Card?

    A: Register it, enter the course, and go to Contents & Assignments on the Home Page.  Just work your way through!

  • Q: How do I pronounce the instructor's name “Billaud”?

    A: Very easy! Say the letter “B” and then “yo”. Put them together and now you are speaking French!