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This 10-week online course is a continuation of Harmony & Theory Essentials. Students will learn from accomplished jazz guitarist, arranger, songwriter and music educator, Mark Cally. Each weekly Unit is filled with fresh coursework, assessments and practice videos guiding students through the next level of harmony & music theory.

Students can also look forward to engaging Live Lectures with Mark Cally himself, where he gives hands-on instruction and answers students questions. By the end of this course, students will understand pentatonic scales, non-standard chord types, voice leading, extended chords, modes and much more.

Course: 10 weeks, 3-4 hours/week
Cost: $599
Skill Level: Intermediate
Certificate of Accomplishment: Grade of 70%+
Language: English
Next Start Date: TBA


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

  • Pentatonic scales.
  • Blues Harmony.
  • Extended Chords: compound intervals vs. simple intervals, ninth chords eleventh chords and thirteenth chords.
  • Other chord types and poly-chords.
  • Altered chords, voice leading, tension/resolution, progressions with inversions.
  • Modes: Major Scale modes, application, modes and their key signatures, non-diatonic applications, progressions with seventh chords.
Once you’ve enrolled, just kick back and wait for your online course to start on the specified date. We’ll send you a reminder email shortly before your course starts.

  • Once your course is live, a new unit will unlock every week for ten weeks. Each weekly unit contains fresh new coursework, pre-recorded video lessons, assignments, and more.
  • Make sure to review the coursework every week, practice and prep questions, because you’ll have regular Live Lectures with Mark. During these lectures you’ll be able to ask him questions and interact with him.
  • Mark’s course includes weekly assignments as well as a mid-term assessment in week five and a final assessment in week 10. You will receive instructions and requirements via email prior.
  • All assignments are graded and you will get constructive feedback along with your grade.
  • You can earn an MI Online Certificate of Accomplishment when you obtain a grade of 70% or more once your 10-week course is complete.

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

  • 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
  • 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 & 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
Pentatonic scales: major pentatonic, minor pentatonic.

Unit 2
Blues Harmony: Blues and blues form (8, 12, and 16 bar), minor blues, blues melody, Blues rhythm (shuffle, swing).

Unit 3
Chord inversions: usage and identification, voice leading: simple, short progressions in Natural, Harmonic & Melodic minor with/without inversions.

Unit 4
Extended Chords Part 1: compound intervals vs. simple intervals, Extended chords: Ninth Chords.

Unit 5
Extended Chords Part 2: Eleventh chords, thirteenth chords Identification of extended chords, progression with tensions.

Unit 6
Pentatonic scales – major and minor, chord inversions, blues harmony, extended chords, progressions in Natural, Harmonic and Melodic minor with inversions.

Unit 7
Other chord types and polychords.

Unit 8
Altered chords, voice leading, tension/resolution, progressions with inversions.

Unit 9
Modes: Major Scale modes, application, modes and their key signatures Non-diatonic applications, progressions with 7th chords.

Unit 10
Review and exercises based on the previous topics.

Fully Interactive Live Lectures with Mark Cally

Graded assignments to test and track your progress

Fresh weekly coursework and video lessons


This course is a continuation of the study of diatonic structures and musical notation from Harmony & Theory Fundamentals and Essentials courses. Students can look forward to exploring the variations on diatonic structures: pentatonic scales, blues, inverted, extended, and non-standard chord types, their origins and analysis, voice leading, extended chords, other chord types, altered chords, chord symbols, modes, and seventh chords.

Gain knowledge of harmony & 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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