In this 10-week online course, students will get to 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 basics of harmony & music theory.

By the end of this course, students will understand basic symbols and notation, the musical alphabet, major scale construction, key signatures, triads and much more.

Next Start Date: July 8, 2019
Skill Level: Beginner
Time Commitment: 10 weeks, 3-4 hours / week
Class Cost: $299


Anyone who wants to learn music theory! No previous knowledge required.


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.


  • 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 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 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.

How long is the course accessible for?

You can access your course material for up to 12 months after your course ends.

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.



The ability to understand and recognize key centers, chord changes, and time signatures is essential to the contemporary musician, songwriter, and producer. The basics of harmony & theory can be found everywhere: in the chords of pop songs, in the notation of the most beautiful melodies in every genre and era, and in the time signature of each drum beat heard around the world.

In Harmony & Theory 1, you will explore how these basic concepts are applied to music notation (for pitch), including major scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and major scale harmonies.

Gain knowledge of harmony & music theory online in 10 weeks with a rich and dynamic content mix of video lessons, multimedia quizzes, and more.


Learn and master the very basic elements of harmony & theory and music notation, including:

  • Basic symbols and notation
  • The musical alphabet
  • The construction of the major scale
  • Key signatures and key centers
  • Triads
  • The harmonized major scale and diatonic harmony
  • Chord families

Unit 1: Basic Elements
Learn about the basic building blocks of all music such as pitch, the musical alphabet, staves, bar-lines, and clefs.

Unit 2: The Circle of Fifths
Your introduction to sharps and flats, major scale construction, the Circle of Fifths, and sharp key signatures

Unit 3: The Circle of Fourths
Dive deeper into major scales by learning about flat key signatures.

Unit 4: Diatonic Intervals
Analyze the distance between all notes of the major scale.

Unit 5: Triads
Delve into the world of harmony by learning how to construct diatonic triads.

Unit 6: Analysis
A look back at all material presented in units 1-5 and see how far you have already come.

Unit 7: Major Scale Harmony
Discover why some chords are major, minor, augmented or diminished and Roman Numeral labeling.

Unit 8: Key Centers
Figure out the key of a piece of music through chord analysis.

Unit 9: Chord Progressions
Unlock traditional chord progressions used for thousands of songs.

Unit 10: Putting It All Together
Review exercises based on units 1-9.


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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 and 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.

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