Music Theory, Harmony & Ear Training

Gain a command of music theory, harmony, ear training, arranging, orchestration, and the mechanics of contemporary music.

Music Theory 101

Get the musical foundation you need to take your skills to a higher level. Learn to read, write, really listen… and put music theory into practice every day!

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Music Theory 201: Harmony and Function

Become a more effective player and writer by furthering your music theory background. Learn more complex chords, progressions, and rhythms to open up your understanding of the elements that help put the groove in jazz, pop, blues, and rock.

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Music Theory 301: Advanced Melody, Harmony, Rhythm

Prepare yourself for any future musical endeavor and gain a professional command of the mechanics of contemporary music in this advanced music theory course.

Basic Ear Training 1

This practical approach to ear training will help you build your confidence as a performer by teaching you how to notate basic rhythms and better identify the different parts of a song.

Getting Inside Harmony 1

Use harmony creatively in your playing and writing. Learn to hear and modify chord progressions, improvise effectively from chord to chord and deepen your understanding of music's inner workings.

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Getting Inside Harmony 2

Take your harmonic development to the next level by gaining a solid footing in more advanced principles including melodic and harmonic tension, chord substitution, and chromatically altered chords.

Harmonic Ear Training

Put your harmonic theory into practice. Learn techniques that will improve your performance, arranging, and compositional skills by refining your ability to really hear and recognize what is going on within the chord progressions.

Music Foundations

This course teaches the essential concepts in harmony and ear training to strengthen your musicianship, regardless of the instrument or style of music that you play. You will learn the basics about chords, melodies, rhythms, scales, time keeping, solfege, and how all of these elements come together to create music.


Gain a broad overview of counterpoint and the art of writing lines that support both the melody and the overall structure of a composition - essential information for singers, songwriters, composers, guitarists and musicians from all backgrounds.

Reharmonization Techniques

Take your musical vocabulary and skill set to a whole new level for writing, arranging, and performing music of any genre by learning reharmonization and providing musical interest and variety to standard repertoire.

Rock History

Discover the history of rock 'n' roll in more detail than you can imagine from the people that lived it. Learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators, and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past 60 years.

The Language of Film and TV

Gain a thorough understanding of film and television, and learn to communicate effectively with directors, producers, and others involved in the production of these media.

Music History of the Western World 1: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

This course explores the development of Western European music from the Antiquity and Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Baroque periods. By focusing on major composers, genres, technical aspects, and historical facts, students will gain an understanding of how early Western music gave rise to the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.

Music History of the Western World: Classical, Romantic, and Modern

Just as learning the theory behind how music creation works, exploring the history of music is key to understanding the genres of music that we perform, create, and consume today. Music History of the Western World 2: Classical, Romantic, and Modern will provide you with a foundation for understanding how music has developed in the Western world through the study of composers, compositions, and key characteristics of a number of musical genres.

Music Cognition

Explore the mental processes underlying musical behaviors and how emotion, environment, cognitive capacity, personality, individual differences, and other factors influence how we perceive music.

Performance Ear Training

Learn to play what you hear more quickly, and become more certain of the notes you are singing or playing. Interpret and respond to music with greater conviction and expression.

Music Notation Using Sibelius

Learn to create lead sheets, choral and instrumental scores, drum maps and guitar notation, and explore many other ways to use Sibelius for your own personal and professional needs.

Developing Your Artistry

Explore what it means to be an artist — both from a philosophical and practical perspective. This course will examine artistry and creativity while also teaching you how to plan and sustain a career.

Master Certificates (8-12 Courses)

Theory, Harmony & Ear Training

Maximize your performance, writing, arranging, improvisation, and music comprehension skills by developing your foundational knowledge in music theory, arranging, harmony, and ear training.

24 Credits

Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)

General Music Studies

Create your own certificate program by adding five courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.

15 Credits

Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)

General Music Studies

Create your own certificate program by adding three courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.

9 Credits
Music Theory

Learn how to turn your musical impulses into concise information that you can share with anyone. Gain a concrete musical foundation in rhythm, chords, scales, and progressions, and the musical tools ready at your disposal to create your next music project with ease.

9 Credits
Voice Technique and Musicianship

Develop a strong foundation of knowledge and a better awareness of what is happening in the music that you hear, write, and sing, to become a more confident and capable musician and vocal performer.

9 Credits
Theory and Harmony

Gain the foundational knowledge necessary to read, write, and understand music's inner workings, and deepen your understanding of rhythm, scales, chord progressions, and harmony.

9 Credits
Music Theory & Counterpoint

Become an effective composer by learning the fundamental concepts that make up the foundation of modern music: pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals chords, melody and harmony.

9 Credits

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