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Music Fundamentals Online (MUS 6)

Technical Requirements

This is a web-based course and you must have a working computer to successfully complete this class! The software used to do the required assignments (Practica Musica) cannot be completed using on a Chromebook computer, an iPhone or iPad, Android phone or Tablet, or an app for these. If you do not have regular access to a working computer with access to the internet, you should not register for this class.

Computer and Connection Requirements

Your computer configuration must meet these minimum hardware and connection requirements:


Windows Vista thru Windows 10

Mac OS X 10.4 or later (Intel or PPC)

Chromebook computers, older computers and operating systems are not compatible with the required software and students should not take this course unless they have reliable access to a suitable computer.


Internet access with broadband or high speed modem. Students with dial-up service will experience extremely long download times of web pages due to their rich media content.


An updated Internet browser for your operating system.

Please refer to the Canvas support page for information on supported browsers.


A functioning email account

Canvas uses your Webadvisor email account for all communication. Please use an email account you check on a daily basis.


**If you are using a computer at work, a network firewall will cause difficulty with downloading some of the course files and submitting your Practica Musica assignments. Check with your system administrator for solutions. Some security settings, and browser add-ons may also block access to the materials in this course. You are responsible for solving these problems.

Course Software Requirements

You must have the following software installed on your computer:

1. Practica Musica 6, Student Version Software is REQUIRED.

The software is now only available as a download from Ars Nova

You can also download it directly from Ars Nova for $45.

Select "Webstudents" from the home page, then "For Students", then "Order Student Edition Download", and on the next screen enter the Webstudent account "cabrillomus6s" as requested.

You are buying a copy of Practica Musica for your own permanent use. It is a piece of licensed software supporting only one non-transferable user. The software cannot be transferred or sold to another student. You will be able to continue to use the software after the semester ends and it is installed on your computer.

IMPORTANT! PC users must be using Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, or 10 to run this program. MAC users must be using Max OS 10.4 - 10.7.x . The program will not run on older operating systems.

IT DOES NOT work on Chromebook computers!!


MP3 Player -You must have the ability to listen to embedded MP3 files. You can use Apple QuickTime, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or which ever plug-in works best for you. If you are using Internet Explorer you must enable Active Scripts or the MP3 files won't play.


You must be able to view PDF files. You can download the free Adobe Acrobat reader at If you have a scanner, you will also find it useful to create PDF files for submitting some of your handwritten homework assignments online in Blackboard You can download the free PDF reDirect v2.5.2 at