Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Community Music School
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Online Courses


Spring 2015: February 2 – May 1, 2015

Instructor: Dr. Scott L. Hines

This is a not-for-credit, preparatory music theory course which covers the foundations of music theory including the keyboard, music notation, accidentals, intervals, key signatures, major and minor scales, rhythm, triads, chords, and basic cadences. Completion of the online course gives students the knowledge they need to successfully write college level basic music theory entrance exams (such as the University of Memphis entrance exam). The course offers highly focused, interactive presentations and randomized on-demand exercises. It not only explains the fundamentals of music to someone who has little or no music experience, but gives them infinite exercises to practice intervals, scales, notation and rhythm, from any computer, right inside their web browser. Students can take the course at their own pace from any computer connection.

Steps to Get Started

  1. Register with the Community Music School for "Online Basic Music Theory" at ($145)
  2. Obtain your access code for "On Music Fundamentals" from the online theory website: ($99.95) as soon as you have registered with the Community Music School
  3. Take the course at your own pace, starting February 2, 2015 submitting all assignments, quizzes and exams by midnight of May 1, 2015

For Assistance

-      As you work through the course, you may contact the instructor, Dr. Scott L. Hines, for any music theory related questions. Email or phone 901.678.2557.

-      For help with the course registration, contact the Community Music School office by phone, 901.678.4244 or email

-      Contact Technical Support at if you need help getting set up on your computer.

Tuition: $145
Materials: $99.95 (Access Code from
Total Cost: $244.95


Students who have auditioned for entry into the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and have been advised to take the online basic music theory course must successfully complete the course in order to be accepted into the first course of the Music School's theory sequence (MUTC 1008), which is only offered in the fall semester. During the spring semester, MUTC 1001 is offered. It is an excellent alternate course to the online theory course. Successful completion of either course allows the student to place into Theory 1 (MUTC 1008).

Phone: 901-678-4244,
Room 124 – Music Building
Fax: 901-678-1392
Samuel Sidhom, Director
Carolyn Farris, Office Manager


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