Coming in Fall 2020!

Course materials are being prepared and uploaded as you read this. Pre-enroll now at a special introductory price and receive all content as it becomes available!

Have you studied music theory but never really understood how to use what you learned to actually improve your music? Do you hear music with beautiful harmonies and wish you could write your own music like that? Do you want to get better at playing by ear but find the chords to be elusive?

This course covers everything today's musician needs to know about harmony and chord progressions. From classical to jazz to rock and pop, I show the concepts that are common to practically all forms of music. Learn how to create chord progressions that sound great and create interest, and discover how your knowledge of harmony can improve your ability to play by ear, improvise, and more!

This course is a followup to Basic Music Theory and follows a similar format. It includes dozens of interactive handouts. All materials - including handouts, videos, and other resources - are fully accessible to blind and visually impaired musicians.

With more and more musicians and schools turning to online learning, courses like this are the key to music education. Your instructor Marc Sabatella has been at the forefront of this field since the early days of the World Wide Web, and in his current role with MuseScore, he is one of the most recognized and respected music educators in the world.

Read what others have been saying about Marc's online resources:

  • "Wow! What a wonderful course! ... thank you so much, Marc, for your teaching skill, enthusiam for passing on your knowledge of the subjest, organisation of the content into manageable chunks, and giving me a solid foundation for my future musical jouneys. I feel very excited about all that I've learned and I'm keen to start using it in my listening to, playing, and composing music." - Ann W.
  • "This has been one of the best tutorials I have ever used. I especially appreciate that each individual lesson is quite complete, in case I have forgotten something from a previous lesson or skipped ahead... And, even though I have been reading music for more than 40 years, I actually learned some things about standards in notation. Kudos and thank you, Marc!" - Kristin D.
  • "YAY; Ivy League Professorial Perfection. What an enjoyment and relief. I've digested enough manuals for several lifetimes... What great stuff, Marc. I feel like Alice in Wonderland" - Ken M.
  • "It's so great to have this course - it is so logically laid out, that when I have a question, I can find that particular lesson quickly and get my answer!" - Sheridan G.
  • "I just finished the course today. It was really good, well structured, very clear, step by step, very understandable. Great, now the next steps are just practising... and enjoy" - Ramon P.
  • "Very clear explanations and the pacing of the course is just right. Really enjoying it!" - Graham W.
  • "Finding your online book 12 years ago gave me the resources i needed to get started making for myself the music that i had been wanting to hear. it is no exaggeration to say that my entire compositional and improvisational language owes a huge debt to you." - Joel A.
  • "Perhaps you can identify with a particular book coming at a particular stage of one's musical development hitting the sweet spot where it is neither boring nor too advanced. Yours hit the sweet spot." - Nigel D.

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Special early bird pricing!

This course is still under development and is expected to launch by fall of 2020. Pre-enroll now to take advantage of this special pricing!

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Marc Sabatella

My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am the Director of Education for MuseScore, the free and open source notation software that I also help develop. I have been one of the leading pioneers of online music education since the dawn of the World Wide Web, and I have been teaching in person for even longer. From the publication of my groundbreaking "Jazz Improvisation Primer" back in the 1990’s, to my years on the faculty at major music schools, and culminating in this Mastering MuseScore School, I have dedicated most of my life to helping as many musicians as I can.