Expand your knowledge of, and ability to transcribe, rhythm and diatonic melody, harmony, and progressions, and learn to hear the system of diatonic harmony in major and minor keys. Mark Cally also prepares students for further studies in more advanced concepts of Ear Training.

Time Commitment: 10 weeks, 3-4 hours/week
Price: $599
Skill Level: Intermediate
Certificate of Accomplishment: Grade of 70%+
Language: English
Next Start Date: Monday January 22, 2018


  • Rythmic notation: Transcribing basic rythm and longer rhythmic eight note phrases, melodic dictation without rhythm.
  • Sightsinging, major and minor key centers.
  • Transcribing melody and rhythm on the staff # major key centers.
  • Triad qualities: singing and hearing major and minor.
  • Diatonic chord progression.
  • Basic chord progressions.
  • Identifying melodic and harmonic intervals.

In order to take Ear Training Essentials, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following and/or have completed MI Online’s Ear Training Fundamentals:

  • Major scales
  • Simple intervals
  • Chromatic intervals
  • Diatonic triads and chord progressions
  • A computer (PC/Mac) with at least 4GB RAM
  • We recommend that you connect to an Internet Line with an average speed of 10Mbps or better, and to use an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi
  • The ability to make basic recordings of yourself
  • The ability to connect with the instructor via video chat applications
  • Pencil, staff paper
  • A keyboard or principal instrument may be useful but is not a prerequisite
  • We recommend using Chrome or Firefox internet browsers on iOS, MacOS, Windows or Android
  • Full access to install software on the computer you are using

How do I try a free lesson?

Go to the course page you’re interested in and click on the “Try a free lesson” button to sign up.

How do I enroll in a course?

No need to apply. Simply click “Enroll” on our course pages and create your MI Online profile. Once your payment is complete, consider yourself enrolled! All that’s left to do is put a reminder in your calendar of the course start date. We’ll email you a course date reminder and important info to get you started.

Do you offer courses in other languages?

Not yet but we’re working on it – stay tuned!

Can I take the course using my mobile phone or tablet?

Yes! You should, however, be aware that the Live Lecture chat box feature is not available for mobile devices. You can watch and hear your instructor but you won’t be able to ask him questions.

Are MI Online courses available for credit?

Not at this time but we’re looking into it. All courses delivered by MI Online are offered as an avocational option for individuals interested in music training and skills development. Courses are not offered for credit and are not applicable toward the attainment of any degree, certificate, or other academic award.

How many students are there in each course?

We have a maximum of 20 students per class for each of our courses. Our small class sizes helps create a collaborative, intimate space so that you’ll get the most out of your learning experience with your instructor and classmates.

How do MI Online courses work?

All our courses are 10 weeks. Each week you’ll watch pre-recorded video lessons. You’ll also receive an assignment, which is due before your scheduled Live Lecture with your Instructor. Your Live Lectures are your virtual classrooms and your opportunity to engage with, and learn directly from, your Course Instructor.

How long is the course accessible for?

You can access your course material for up to 6 months after your course ends.

What happens if I miss a Live Lecture?

We understand that our students come from all over the world and learn on different time zones. All our lectures are available for replay 48 to 72 hours after the schedule Live Lecture, so you can view any lectures you missed.

Which payment methods do you accept?

We support payments from Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal.

Can I pay for the course using a Payment Plan?

Yes, you can purchase all our courses in three monthly installments using your credit card.




Mark Cally

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Mark is an accomplished jazz guitarist, arranger, copyist, songwriter, and music educator. Mark cut his musical teeth playing with the Australian Show Band and The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has since toured the world with Royal Crown Revue and has worked the soundstages of Hollywood with renowned composer, Tim Davies, producing numerous songs for film and video games.

With the band The Flying Neutrinos, Mark wrote one of the big swing hits of the late nineties, “Mr. Zoot Suit”, which featured in the movies “Blast from The Past” and “Three to Tango”, and in television series “Sex and the City.” Mark has also worked with the legendary Wayne Shorter and pianist Bill Cunliffe on many orchestral projects.

As one of the curricular authors of harmony and theory and ear training curriculum for Musician Institute, Mark’s career on stage and behind the scenes gives him a truly unique perspective to help contemporary musicians, songwriters, and producers.


Unit 1: Rhythmic Notation
Learn how to write rhythms properly and transcribe basic rhythms.

Unit 2: Melodies
Decipher arrhythmic, diatonic melodic phrases from the Major Scale.

Unit 3: Sightsinging
Develop your ability to recognize Major and Minor key centers.

Unit 4: Melodic Transcription
Learn how to transcribe melodies and rhythms with proper notation.

Unit 5: Note Duration
Fine-tune your musical ear by transcribing melodies with specific note lengths.

Unit 6: Tying It All Together
Assess your ability to transcribe rhythms, melodies and recognize key centers.

Unit 7: Intervals
Understand how to recognize melodic and harmonic intervals.

Unit 8: Triad Qualities
Learn how to recognize and sing diatonic triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented) and their components.

Unit 9: Chord Progressions
Understand how to transcribe diatonic triad chord progressions.

Unit 10: Putting It All Together
Review what you have learned over the past three months.


This online course is a continuation from Ear Training Fundamentals. Join Mark Cally as he introduces students to hearing music with an emphasis on application in popular music from a traditional orientation.

Ear Training Essentials introduces the student to hearing rhythms consisting of whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes, and introduces ties across the bar-line, and across beats. The course also introduces melodic and rhythmic dictation, major and minor key centers, and much, much more.

Learn music essentials in 10 weeks with a rich and dynamic content mix of online video lessons, weekly live lectures, multimedia quizzes, and more.



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