Etheory Grad Review

NEW! Eastman's Redesigned Graduate Music Theory Review

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Review theory the right way, with an online course that will help you master Classical harmony and form - in a hurry


eTheory: Graduate Music Theory Review


eTheory: Graduate Music Theory Review is the perfect tool for getting your theory chops back in shape before grad school. This self-directed course allows you to work at your own pace, monitoring your own progress, with a musically immersive interface that’ll have you singing, playing, and listening throughout. Its highlights include:


  • The course is designed for maximum accessibility: it presents each new topic in crisp, jargon-free prose designed to speed you along—rather than slow you down.


  • Our drills and self-assessments are loaded with practical tips and strategies; when you’re done you can always click on-screen to see the answers. And as you work, you can listen to each of hundreds of musical excerpts played by Eastman’s world-class ensembles and soloists.


  • ETheory has something for everyone. Students with a strong theory background will find a concise, wide-ranging review, with plenty of challenges and high-level activities. Students with less experience—or those who want a fresh start—can build their chops from the ground up in a new and more efficient way, with plenty of emphasis on the basics. Whatever your level, we’ve got you covered.


  • Learn from an award-winning Eastman faculty member Seth Monahan who has made theory accessible to graduate students for more than a decade. He’s seen it all—and knows how to help you avoid the most common mistakes and misconceptions.


  • Starting now, you’ll never think of theory as arcane or mysterious “book knowledge” again. The course is designed to engage you as a musician, so it emphasizes sound and experience as much as conceptual understanding. With every new topic, you’ll gain mastery by playing, singing, and listening—as well as doing traditional paper-and-pencil work.

Interested in eTheory: Graduate Music Theory Review? Here is the Course Syllabus, describing the topics and concepts you can expect to review.

Unit 1: Classical Form

  • Cadences
  • Small Phrase Forms
  • Binary Forms
  • Ternary Forms
  • Sonata Forms
  • Other Forms
  • Unit 2: How Harmony Works

  • Preliminaries/Fundamentals
  • The Basics of Classical Syntax
  • Our Core Chords: the "Big 18"
  • Functional Cycles
  • Focus on: Tonics & Dominants
  • Focus on: Predominant
  • Focus on: IV and VI
  • Hearing Harmony Hierarchically
  • Expanding Your Vocabulary
  • Leading-Tone Sevenths
  • Applied Chords to V
  • The III Chord in Major and Minor
  • Chromatic Predominants with Silly Regional Names
  • Mode Mixture
  • Motions over a Stationary Bass
  • Other Passing Chords
  • Sequences
  • Modulation
  • steve_laitz2Steven Laitz
    Dr. Steven Laitz is professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, and Chair of the Theory and Analysis department at the Juilliard School. He is the Director of the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, Executive Editor of Music Theory Pedagogy Online. He has delivered lectures and presented master classes in the U.S., Europe, China, and has served as Visiting Professor at the New England Conservatory and the Hale School in Perth, Australia. Laitz is the author of The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Theory, Analysis, and Listening (OUP) and Graduate Review of Tonal Theory: A Recasting of Common-Practice Harmony, Form, and Coutnerpoint (with Christopher Bartlette). He has created three theory web tools for Eastman's Institute for Music Leadership: eTheory: Music Theory Fundamentals in 4 weeks, eTheory LIVE: Interactive Music Theory Classroom, and eTheory:Graduate Music Theory Review.

    Dr. Laitz's lectures are amazing! He is very fun to listen to and watch, always keeping my attention. I even learned new things about topics which I was already familiar. - Anastasia, 2017