Online Course Style Guide

For grammar, style, and other guidelines , please visit:

Guidelines on spelling, grammar, word usage, as well as music notation and other musical guidelines, are detailed in a basic style guide for faculty and staff, for use in writing online courses for on-campus students. It provides answers to simple—and not-so-simple—questions that may arise while writing and editing an online course. This guide covers grammar, music notation, and style. It contains definitions, spellings, spacing, musical guidelines, terms, and other helpful information that reflects current preferences at the college.

The following external guides are important resources:

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

The New Harvard Dictionary of Music

PAS Guide to Standardized Drum Notation

Oxford Music Online (

Music Notation, by Mark McGrain (Berklee Press)

For tough music notation questions, we solicit expert advice of faculty.

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