Etheory LIVE

Interactive Music Theory Classroom Course II

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15 week courses with weekly video lectures, assignments, quizzes, review sessions, and LIVE interaction with the course facilitator


eTheory LIVE: Interactive Music Theory Classroom – Course II


Course begins in May.

SKU: esm.eth-live217su-RC15900

Course II begins May 13th, 2017. Registration now open!

If you are a musician or music student serious about learning how music works, this is the course for you! From the basics of pitch, scales, rhythm, and harmony, to the analysis of symphonic works, Etheory LIVE consists of two cumulative online courses designed to help you understand and master music theory concepts. Taught by Dr. Steven Laitz, one of the world’s foremost music theorists, and assisted by graduate course facilitators at the Eastman School of Music, these interactive courses provides assignment feedback, live class meetings, review sessions, and more. These courses are completely online, and has manageable deadlines that allow you to work on assignments over the course of a week as your schedule allows. To assist the weekly lessons, course facilitators set up flexible office hours to meet with their class. Attendance to these weekly meetings is a beneficial component of this learning environment; therefore, students are graded on participating in at least half of these sessions throughout the year.

Course II:

A 15 week course, divided into 14 weeks of lessons and a final assessment week, Course II runs consecutively, but is offered during the same dates for students who have taken Course I before.

Once you have completed Etheory LIVE Course II you will be able to:
– Read and write chords, four-part compositions, and tonicizations
– Analyze progressions, phrase structures, and modulating pieces
– Dictate two-part harmonies and play simple four-part harmonies on keyboard
– Transform your knowledge as a musician

This course is cumulative upon Course I or a theory course of similar quality. If interested in this course, please consider the following prerequisites first.


  • Read and write in both bass and treble clef
  • Know major and minor scales, identify intervals and triad quality
  • Identify and tap basic simple and compound meters and rhythms
  • Stem and group rhythms appropriately according to meter
  • Identify and label chords with appropriate Roman Numerals
  • Know 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Species Counterpoint rules and applications
  • Familiar with figured bass symbols, how to write them and how to show chromaticism above a bass voice
  • Recognize and spell common seventh chords
  • Functional Keyboard Skills – utilize both hands, read treble and bass clef, & can play basic 2-part examples
  • Sight Singing Skills – can match pitch, sing scales and intervals, sing back a melody after being heard, and can harmonize against a piano
  • Proficient Dictation Skills – can hear intervals, notate simple melodic and rhythmic patterns, write basic 2-part dictations, identify triad quality

For more information about specific topics covered in this course, please click the Important Documents tab above. To learn more about Course I, click the link.

Eastman School of Music does not offer credit for the course. Together, Etheory LIVE Course I & II meets and exceeds New York State requirements for Music Theory 1 credit, and covers the content of most first year college music theory courses. All high school credit for this course should be issued through your school principal. Please click the Important Documents tab above for further information.

For more information or if you have any questions:
Institute for Music Leadership

ETHEORY LIVE: Interactive Music Theory Classroom
Interactive Music Theory Classrom
Brand: Eastman School of Music ETheory Live
Price: $399




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.

Jim-Doser-headshot2-350pixJim Doser

James Doser is Director of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music.

As a NYS Certified educator, administrator, musician and entrepreneur, Doser has served as Music Administrator in the Penfield Central Schools, taught at all levels of public school and at Eastman as Director of the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble and various undergraduate and graduate classes.

He was a co-founder of Tritone Music, Inc., a company specializing in jazz instruction for adults.

Mr. Doser holds degrees in Music Education, Jazz and Contemporary Media, and the Performer’s Certificate from Eastman, and is recipient of the Smithsonian Award in Education for his work on the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit The Jazz Age in Paris.


Below are Etheory LIVE documents containing pertinent information for educators and school administrators about the course structure and curriculum:

PDF-download Etheory LIVE - Brochure

PDF-download Etheory LIVE - Course Summary and Layout

PDF-download Etheory LIVE - Course Curriculum

PDF-downloadEtheory LIVE - Course Syllabus

PDF-downloadEtheory LIVE - Important Dates and Refund Schedule

Important Dates and Refund Policy Calendar

Course Begins May 13th, 2017

Refunds and Late Registration Fees

  • Welcome and Orientation
  • Last day for 100% Refund
  • Last day for 50% Refund
  • Last day for 25% Refund
  • Saturday, May 6th, 2017
  • Saturday, May 20th, 2017
  • Saturday, May 27th, 2017
  • Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Important Dates

  • Registration starts
  • Welcome and Orientation
  • First day of Lessons
  • Last Day to register
  • Review Week & Final Exam
  • End of Course II
  • Friday, April 7th, 2016
  • Saturday, May 6th, 2017
  • Saturday, May 13th, 2017
  • Friday, May 20th, 2017
  • Saturday, August 18th, 2017
  • Sunday, August 27th, 2017




Interested in Etheory LIVE?

Listen to the recording of our Free Q&A Webinar from July, 2016. Whether you are a student, parent, or life-long learner, if you are interested in knowing more about the program or have questions, come listen to our Course Facilitator explain the ins and outs and demonstrate what the course looks like!


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