If you are taking a music fundamentals or theory course, you will likely need to notate music, which in today's world means using notation software. Music notation software is indispensable to professional musicians and composers, but because it is so easy and free to create music with a computer, it is also a wonderful and fun way for amateurs to create and explore music.
While you will likely use Basics of Music for a few months or weeks during a course, a music notation program will likely be a useful tool (or toy!) for years to come. Basics of Music has a series of simple compositions and other notation exercises to help you learn to use your chosen notation software. Our current favorite notation software is MuseScore, it is open source, free, has dozens of great tutorials, and is constantly being improved. We think the MuseScore project is great and encourage students to try that program first. But there are plenty of options if MuseScore doesn't work for you!
Free Notation Software
Professional / Industry Standard Notation Programs