This online course is a continuation of the study of diatonic structures and musical notation from Harmony & Theory Intermediate.

Time Commitment: 10 weeks, 6-8 hours/week
Price: $599
Skill Level: Advanced
Certificate of Accomplishment: Grade of 70%+
Language: English
Next Start Date: Monday January 22, 2018


  • Diatonic seventh chords, variations in minor harmony, harmonic minor.
  • Variations in minor melody, melodic minor scale.
  • Variations of minor harmony and melody.
  • Modal Interchange: parallel major and minor keys.
  • Modal Interchange continued: progressions with modal interchange.
  • Secondary dominants.
  • Reharmonize basic chord progressions utilizing diatonic chord substitution.
  • Modulation, chromatic modulation: secondary dominants, diatonic substitution, tritone (b5) substitution.

In order to take Harmony & Theory Advanced, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following and/or have completed MI Online’s Harmony & Theory Fundamentals, Essentials and Intermediate:

  • The basic elements of music notation
  • Major scales and key signatures
  • Diatonic Intervals
  • Triads and diatonic harmony
  • The basic elements of rhythmic notation, including time signatures and ties
  • The natural minor scale and diatonic minor harmony
  • Harmonic minor
  • Melodic minor
  • Diatonic 7th chords
  • Major pentatonic, minor pentatonic, and blues scales
  • Chord inversions
  • Voice leading–chord progressions utilizing inversions
  • Extended and altered chords
  • Other chord types (2 chords, 6 chords, 6/9 chords, sus chords, power chords)
  • Modes
  • 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
Diatonic 7th chords, variations in minor harmony, harmonic minor – VIIdim7, mi(ma7) minor key centers – analysis of progressions [minor key centers].

Unit 2
Variations in minor melody, melodic minor scale: (Lydian dominant, Phrygian dominant, altered scale) diminished 7th chord, Dorian scale.

Unit 3
Variations of minor harmony and melody – Review/analysis of minor key chord progressions; Comparison of minor scales – natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, Dorian. Melodic minor usage – Lydian b7, altered or diminished-whole tone, progressions with altered chords.

Unit 4
Modal Interchange: parallel major and minor keys, – Roman numeral analysis.

Unit 5
Modal Interchange continued: progressions with modal interchange.

Unit 6
Diatonic 7th chords, the harmonic minor scale, minor key centers, functions of diminished 7th chord, variations of minor harmony and melody, analysis of minor key center chord progressions, comparison of the minor scales – natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, Dorian, modal interchange: analysis of modal interchange chord progressions.

Unit 7
Secondary dominants: functioning dominants, non-functioning dominants, Roman numeral analysis, Roman numeral analysis of chord progressions utilizing secondary dominants, jazz analysis.

Unit 8
Reharmonize basic chord progressions utilizing diatonic chord substitution.

Unit 9
Modulation, chromatic modulation: secondary dominants, diatonic substitution, tritone (b5) substitution.

Unit 10
Review and exercises based on the previous topics.


A continuation of the study of diatonic, and non-diatonic structures, and musical notation from Harmony & Theory Fundamentals, Essentials and Intermediate courses. This course will include lessons on non-diatonic melody and harmony, variations of minor key melody and harmony, altered scales, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic and tri-tone substitution, reharmonization, and modulation.

Gain knowledge of harmony and music theory online in 10 weeks with a rich and dynamic content mix of video lessons, weekly live lectures, multimedia quizzes, and more.



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