Etheory LIVE

Interactive Music Theory Classroom Course I

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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 I


Course begins in September.

Course I begins September 3rd, 2016. Registration opens July 1st!

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 provide assignment feedback, live class meetings, review sessions, and more. These courses are completely online, and have 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 course.

Course I:

A 15 week course, divided into 14 weeks of lessons and a final assessment week, Course I runs from September 3rd to December 18th, 2016.

Once you have completed Etheory LIVE Course I you will be able to:
– Read and write musical notation, chords and counterpoint
– Identify keys, intervals, chords, meter and phrases
– Sight-sing, conduct and play simple two-part harmonies on keyboard
– Transform your knowledge as a musician

Click here to view sample course materials.

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

Eastman School of Music does not offer credit for the course. Together, Etheory LIVE Course I & II meet and exceed 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.


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

ETHEORY LIVE: Interactive Music Theory Classroom
Interactive Music Theory Classrom - Course I
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.

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 September 3rd, 2016

Refunds and Late Registration Fees

  • Welcome and Orientation
  • Last day for 100% Refund
  • Last day for 50% Refund
  • Last day for 25% Refund
  • Saturday, August 27, 2016
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016

Important Dates

  • Registration starts
  • Welcome and Orientation
  • First day of Lessons
  • Last Day to register
  • Review Week/Final Exam
  • End of Semester I
  • Course II Lessons Start
  • Last day to register for Course II
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
  • Saturday, August 27, 2016
  • Saturday, September 3, 2016
  • Friday, September 9, 2016
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • Friday, January 20, 2017




Interested in Etheory LIVE?

Listen to our recording of the 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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From high school students entering the music field to life-long learners who want to learn more about music theory, Etheory LIVE helps all types of musicians. Here are some of their stories and experiences.

I’ve really been enjoying the part-writing and I really like the listening and ear-training assignments we get every week. Much of the course has been challenging in a good way, especially the analysis of phrases, figured-bass & writing counterpoint.
- Joyce, 2015

As a performer eTheory LIVE has helped me see the bigger picture; the structure and phrasing of the pieces that I perform. It’s one thing to see the notes and rhythms on the page, but being able to see the long arcs of what the composer is trying to get across makes it easier for me as a performer.
- Robert, 2015

eTheory LIVE course has helped me to develop a solid foundation in music theory, which is required for every music student that wants to learn, write, and listen to music. It's very important to have this theory foundation in order to succeed in music, whether your studying music or just learning for fun.
- Elvis, 2016