Etheory LIVE

Interactive Music Theory Classroom Course I

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eTheory LIVE: Interactive Music Theory Classroom – Course I


Registration for Fall Session of Course I now closed.

Online Theory – Course I:

A 15 week online theory course, divided into 14 weeks of lessons and a final assessment week, Course I has manageable deadlines that allow you to work on assignments over the course of a week as your schedule allows.

From the basics of pitch, scales, rhythm, and harmony, to the analysis of symphonic works, Etheory LIVE consists of two cumulative online courses (Course I & Course II) 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 Eastman course facilitators, these interactive courses provide assignment feedback, live class meetings, review sessions, and manageable deadlines that allow you to work on assignments on your weekly schedule.

Etheory LIVE Curriculum

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.

Course I & II are each offered twice a year:

Fall Session: Late August – December
Winter Session: January – early May

To be able to take a course with faculty from Eastman and to be able to do it online, from the comfort of my own home, it was too good to pass up. – Robert, 2015

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


Dr. Seth Monahan is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music and two-time winner of the Society for Music Theory’s Emerging Scholar Award. He has received numerous accolades for his teaching, including Yale’s Prize Teaching Fellowship and the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Seth has published on many pedagogical and scholarly topics—including the pedagogy of classical form—but now finds the most fulfillment in making music theory content for his public YouTube channel.

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

Important Dates and Refund Policy Calendar

Course Begins August 25th, 2018

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 25th, 2018
  • Saturday, September 1st, 2018
  • Saturday, September 8th, 2018
  • Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Important Dates

  • Registration starts
  • Welcome and Orientation
  • First day of Lessons
  • Last Day to register
  • Review Week & Final Exam
  • End of Course I
  • Saturday, May 5th, 2018
  • Saturday, August 25th, 2018
  • Saturday, September 1st, 2018
  • Friday, September 7th, 2018
  • Saturday, December 8th, 2018
  • Sunday, December 16th, 2018




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!


Navigate to different topics in this webinar

- Welcome and introduction - 0:01

- Available online courses - 0:52

- What is eTheory LIVE? - 2:30

- Who is eTheory LIVE Course I for? - 5:32

- Who is eTheory LIVE Course II for? - 8:41

- When and how long is eTheory LIVE? - 10:28

- How is eTheory LIVE structured? - 11:37

- FAQ about eTheory LIVE: - 16:15

- Can you receive credit for the course? - 16:23

- What is the required course hardware/software? - 16:52

- Do I need to know how to play piano? - 18:22

- What happens if I need to travel or am away? - 19:01

- Can I go directly to a specific section or topic? - 19:48

- Contact information - 20:49


The Course Facilitator for eTheory LIVE has been extremely helpful, very pleasant, and very encouraging.  She provides good feedback on the assignments, which is particularly important, I think, for the e-learning type of situation.- Joyce, 2015