This 10-week online course is a continuation of Harmony & Theory 3. Students will 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 an advanced level of harmony & music theory.

By the end of this course, students will understand diatonic seventh chords, modal interchange and much more.

Next Start Date: July 8, 2019
Skill Level: Advanced
Time Commitment: 10 weeks, 6-8 hours / week
Class Cost: $299


In order to take Harmony & Theory Advanced, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following and/or have completed MI Online’s Harmony & Theory Fundamentals, Essentials and Intermediate:

  • The basic elements of music notation
  • Major scales and key signatures
  • Diatonic Intervals
  • Triads and diatonic harmony
  • The basic elements of rhythmic notation, including time signatures and ties
  • The natural minor scale and diatonic minor harmony
  • Harmonic minor
  • Melodic minor
  • Diatonic 7th chords
  • Major pentatonic, minor pentatonic, and blues scales
  • Chord inversions
  • Voice leading–chord progressions utilizing inversions
  • Extended and altered chords
  • Other chord types (2 chords, 6 chords, 6/9 chords, sus chords, power chords)
  • Modes


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.
  • 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.



A continuation of the study of diatonic, and non-diatonic structures, and musical notation from Harmony & Theory 1, 2 and 3 courses. This course will include lessons on non-diatonic melody and harmony, variations of minor key melody and harmony, altered scales, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic and tri-tone substitution, reharmonization, and modulation.

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


  • Diatonic seventh chords, variations in minor harmony, harmonic minor.
  • Variations in minor melody, melodic minor scale.
  • Variations of minor harmony and melody.
  • Modal Interchange: parallel major and minor keys.
  • Modal Interchange continued: progressions with modal interchange.
  • Secondary dominants.
  • Reharmonize basic chord progressions utilizing diatonic chord substitution.
  • Modulation, chromatic modulation: secondary dominants, diatonic substitution, tritone (b5) substitution.

Unit 1
Diatonic 7th chords, variations in minor harmony, harmonic minor – VIIdim7, mi(ma7) minor key centers – analysis of progressions [minor key centers].

Unit 2
Variations in minor melody, melodic minor scale: (Lydian dominant, Phrygian dominant, altered scale) diminished 7th chord, Dorian scale.

Unit 3
Variations of minor harmony and melody – Review/analysis of minor key chord progressions; Comparison of minor scales – natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, Dorian. Melodic minor usage – Lydian b7, altered or diminished-whole tone, progressions with altered chords.

Unit 4
Modal Interchange: parallel major and minor keys, – Roman numeral analysis.

Unit 5
Modal Interchange continued: progressions with modal interchange.

Unit 6
Diatonic 7th chords, the harmonic minor scale, minor key centers, functions of diminished 7th chord, variations of minor harmony and melody, analysis of minor key center chord progressions, comparison of the minor scales – natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, Dorian, modal interchange: analysis of modal interchange chord progressions.

Unit 7
Secondary dominants: functioning dominants, non-functioning dominants, Roman numeral analysis, Roman numeral analysis of chord progressions utilizing secondary dominants, jazz analysis.

Unit 8
Reharmonize basic chord progressions utilizing diatonic chord substitution.

Unit 9
Modulation, chromatic modulation: secondary dominants, diatonic substitution, tritone (b5) substitution.

Unit 10
Review and exercises based on the previous topics.


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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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