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MUS 101-35 Fundamentals of Music (Online Learning)

Course Materials | Course Plan | Getting Started

Fundamentals of Music is a class designed not only for non-music majors and music majors, but also for the community at large. For those who would like to learn to read music and learn the basic musical language, this is the class to meet those needs.

Some students have spent their life playing by ear, but feel that something is inherently missing, and that is the ability to have all music at their fingertips. This class will help fill those musical gaps.

Many music business and music technology majors are attracted to those fields of study without any prior music knowledge. Fundamentals of Music will help prepare these prospective majors prior to their first year of Basic Theory. For them, Fundamentals of Music is a necessity.

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OnMusic Fundamentals Access Card

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Getting Started

Registering Access Code:

  • Acquire RedShelf's OnMusic Fundamentals third edition 16-digit Access Code from the NRCC Bookstore. Used copies will not work.
  • Redeem your 16-digit code on the RedShelf website to obtain the 14-digit Connect for Education access code needed to register for this course.
  • Go to RedShelf at https://redshelf.com to create an account. Once you have your account, enter your 16-digit code. You will receive a 14-digit access code to register for the course in Canvas.
  • Go to the course in Canvas, click on Modules, and then click the Connect 4 Education link. Then just register your course access code From this point forward, you will access the entire course using that Connect 4 Education link. That is all there is to it!


  • Acquaint yourself with the Course Information section under Modules before starting the class.
  • This is a ten-week course so be sure to follow the course schedule to stay on target with deadlines.
  • Check regularly course announcements in CANVAS and your CANVAS inbox to access all communications from your instructor.
  • Contact your instructor with any questions or concerns. Professor Billaud quickly responds and eagerly looks forward to helping you!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Q: What is the general purpose of this course?
    A: This course provides the necessary tools for students to read the written score, become familiar with the keyboard and fundamentals of music theory. Serves as a foundation for music involvement.
  • Q: When is this course offered?
    A: This course is offered during the Summer Session.
  • Q: Why take these courses at New River?
    A: New River Community College has been a leader in online learning 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: Do I need to come on campus for any part of the course?
    A: Not at all. Once you have your access code from the NRCC college bookstore, the rest is online.

Music Department Contact Information

General questions and requests about the Music department should be directed to Louise A. Billaud 1-866-462-6722, extension 4351, or (540) 674-3600, extension 4351.
You may also email lbillaud@nr.edu.

Music Department Faculty

Call (540) 674-3600 or toll-free 1-866-462-6722, then you will be prompted to add the extension number to reach any employee.

Louise Billaud


Professor of Music

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