Master music fundamentals online with MI Online’s Harmony and Theory Fundamentals course. In this online music theory course, presented by Mark Cally, you will learn about basic symbols and notation, the musical alphabet, major scale construction, key signatures, triads, and much more.
|Time Commitment: 10 weeks, 3-4 hours/week|
|Skill Level: Beginner|
|Certificate of Accomplishment: Grade of 70%+|
|Next Start Date: Monday January 22, 2018|
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Learn and master the very basic elements of harmony theory and music notation, including:
- Basic symbols and notation
- The musical alphabet
- The construction of the major scale
- Key signatures and key centers
- The harmonized major scale and diatonic harmony
- Chord families
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
Anyone who wants to learn music theory! No previous knowledge required.
WHAT GEAR WILL I NEED?
- 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.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
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.
PREVIEW COURSEWORK / SYLLABUS
Unit 1: Basic Elements
Learn about the basic building blocks of all music such as pitch, the musical alphabet, staves, bar-lines, and clefs.
Unit 2: The Circle of Fifths
Your introduction to sharps and flats, major scale construction, the Circle of Fifths, and sharp key signatures
Unit 3: The Circle of Fourths
Dive deeper into major scales by learning about flat key signatures.
Unit 4: Diatonic Intervals
Analyze the distance between all notes of the major scale.
Unit 5: Triads
Delve into the world of harmony by learning how to construct diatonic triads.
Unit 6: Analysis
A look back at all material presented in units 1-5 and see how far you have already come.
Unit 7: Major Scale Harmony
Discover why some chords are major, minor, augmented or diminished and Roman Numeral labeling.
Unit 8: Key Centers
Figure out the key of a piece of music through chord analysis.
Unit 9: Chord Progressions
Unlock traditional chord progressions used for thousands of songs.
Unit 10: Putting It All Together
Review exercises based on units 1-9.
YOUR MUSIC THEORY FOUNDATION
The ability to understand and recognize key centers, chord changes, and time signatures is essential to the contemporary musician, songwriter, and producer. The basics of harmony and theory can be found everywhere: in the chords of pop songs, in the notation of the most beautiful melodies in every genre and era, and in the time signature of each drum beat heard around the world.
In Harmony and Theory Fundamentals, you will explore how these basic concepts are applied to music notation (for pitch), including major scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and major scale harmonies.
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.