Interactive Music Theory Classroom – Part I



Online Theory – Part I:

A 15 week online theory course, divided into 14 weeks of lessons and one final assessment week, part 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 (part I & part 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.


Once you have completed ETHEORY LIVE part 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 part II, click the link.

Eastman School of Music does not offer credit for the course. Together, ETHEORY LIVE parts 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.

Parts 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


Important Documents

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

Informational Webinar


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 one of our Course Facilitators explain the ins and outs and demonstrate what the course looks like!

To learn more about this review, go to our FAQ section.


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 part I for? – 5:32

– Who is ETHEORY LIVE part 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



Dr. Steven Laitz has served as professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, and is currently 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 Counterpoint (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.

Dr. Laitz’s lectures are amazing! He is very fun to listen to and watch, always keeping my attention. I even learned new things about topics which I was already familiar. – Anastasia, 2017