Interactive Music Theory Classroom – Part II



Online Theory – Part II:

A 15 week online theory course, divided into 14 weeks of lessons and one final assessment week, part II 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 II, you will be able to:

    – Read and write chords, four-part compositions, and tonicizations
    – Analyze progressions, phrase structures, and modulating pieces
    – Dictate two-part harmonies and play simple four-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 I, click the link.

Part II is cumulative upon part I or a theory course of similar quality. If interested in this course, please consider the following:


  • Read and write in both bass and treble clef
  • Know major and minor scales, identify intervals and triad qualities
  • Identify and tap basic, simple, and compound meters and rhythms
  • Stem and group rhythms appropriately according to meter
  • Identify and label chords with appropriate Roman Numerals
  • Know 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Species Counterpoint rules and applications
  • Be familiar with figured bass symbols, how to write them, and how to show chromaticism above a bass voice
  • Recognize and spell common seventh chords
  • Functional keyboard skills – utilize both hands, read treble and bass clef, and can play basic 2-part examples
  • Sight singing skills – can match pitch, sing scales and intervals, sing back a melody after hearing it, and can harmonize against a piano
  • Proficient dictation skills – can hear intervals, notate simple melodic and rhythmic patterns, write basic 2-part dictations, identify triad quality

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 two times 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

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 the recording of our 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!

To learn more about ETHEORY LIVE, go to our FAQ section.


Navigate to different topics in this webinar by clicking the links

– 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 is professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, and 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 Coutnerpoint (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