Start your artistic journey with MI Online’s Ear Training Fundamentals course. Throughout this online course, you will constantly and consistently train your ear to identify pitch, major scales, melodies, and much more.

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


Learn and master the very basic elements of ear training, including:

  • Pitch: Matching Pitch, Indefinite vs. Definite Pitch
  • The major scale and the intervals within the major scale, beginning with tonic
  • Chromaticism, movement by half steps
  • Triads: Construction of all Four Triads; Triads Diatonic from the Major Scale
  • Diatonic Harmony
  • Basic Chord Progressions

Anyone who wants to learn how to train their ears! No previous knowledge required.

  • 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 12 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: Pitch
Open your musical ear to understand, recognize and match pitch.

Unit 2: Major Scales
Unlock to building blocks of all music by learning how to construct major scales.

Unit 3: Linder Melodic Sequences
Develop your ability to recognize specific melodic sequences derived from the major scale.

Unit 4: Diatonic Intervals From Tonic
Learn how to measure, recognize and label the distance between two pitches.

Unit 5: Diatonic Intervals Between Scale Tones
Fine-tune your musical ear by recognizing more dissonant intervals.

Unit 6: Key Signatures
Further develop your ability to recognize pitches in all keys.

Unit 7: Chromatic Intervals
Understand how to hear and properly chromatic intervals and symmetrical melodic fragments.

Unit 8: Diatonic Triads and Harmony
Learn how to recognize diatonic triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented) and their components.

Unit 9: Chord Progressions
Understand how to distinguish diatonic triad chord progressions and recognize cadences.

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


Ear Training Fundamentals is an introduction to ear training techniques, covering the most basic of ear training concepts and skills. In order to develop these skills, musicians “train” their ears to hear key centers, intervals, chord progressions, melodies, and the like.

In this course, you will learn how to recognize (and match) specific pitches, as well as identify major scale melodies, melodic intervals, harmonic intervals, chromaticism, triads, diatonic harmony, and basic rhythms. Learn music fundamentals 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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