Music Theory Online Program

Capture the missing link between a good track and a great track.

In this interactive online class, students will work directly with the teacher in live video sessions on music theory. We will focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic and interesting melodies and harmonies. No experience with music theory is necessary. Playing an instrument and reading music is also not necessary. We will be focusing on how to use your DAW as your instrument to understand and work with music theory.


J. Anthony Allen has been teaching music composition, production, and theory in college classrooms for over 10 years. His online classes, “Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 1 & 2” have over 6000 students from around the globe, have been translated into Spanish, Russian, German, and Japanese, and are used in other school curriculums around worldwide. For the first time ever, Dr. Allen will be teaching this ground-breaking curriculum live and interactive, exclusively for Slam Academy.

Always On – Start Anytime

The Slam Academy Online Programs are available to start whenever you like. Once you enroll, you will immediately have access to over 100 hours of video, projects, session files, and more. In addition, every week there is multiple live session where students can interact face-to-face with their instructor and fellow students in an interactive video chat room.

How does it work?

Once a student registers for the Music Theory Online Program, they will be given access to their own custom portal page. On it, they will have access to all of the class files, separated into 8 different “units”. From there, the student can go at their own pace. We recommend that this content should take 6-months to complete, as it does in our in-person classes.

If the student has selected the Live Chat version of the class, they will also see in their portal a link to access to the Live Chat. Students are welcome to access the chat at any time and talk to each other about what they are working on. The instructor will have hours posted for when they will be in the room as well.

Program Overview

  • Level 1: Working with Music Theory on the Piano Roll Editor

    To begin, we will look at basic music theory concepts with the Ableton Live, but you can follow along in any audio program.

  • Level 2: The perfect 5th, and what it means to be "in key"

    We need to learn a few different intervals – the distance between 2 notes. Our first interval will be the fifth.

  • Level 3: More with keys, the third, and the basic triad

    Once we have the interval of a fifth, and the interval of a third, we can start building chords.

  • Level 4: Diatonic Chord Progressions

    In this section we will cover the secret sauce that tells us ALL the chords that will work in ANY key.

  • Level 5: 7th Chords

    We’ve learned how to make triads – but we can go a little further and make more complex chords using 7ths.

  • Level 6: Using the other intervals

    We skipped over talking about the 4th, the 6th, and the 2nd. But in a way, you’ve already been using them.

  • Level 7: Project reviews

    This week we are going spend all of our time reviewing, dissecting, and analyzing your tracks, projects, and assignments up until now. We will share projects and collectively analyze each other’s pieces in class.

  • Level 8: Minor scales and keys

    In this section we will move into minor scales and keys, explore some tracks that take advantage of minor keys, and do some analysis of Avicii and Deadmau5.

  • Level 9: The circle of fifths

    This week we will talk about modulating to new keys, and how to smoothly transition into a new key area using the circle of fifths.

  • Level 10: More chord extensions

    We’ve learned triads, and extended them to 7th chords. But what if we keep going – to 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths. Those are real chords, and have some important uses.

  • Unit 11: Writing Melodies with Music Theory

    Throughout this course we’ve looked at writing music using the techniques we’ve been discussing. In this section, however, I want to spend a lot of time specifically focusing on melody, scale degrees, and “tendency tones”.

  • Unit 12: Harmonic properties, problems in bass lines, and project review #2

    Have you ever had a bass line be a bully in your mix? Thinking through the harmony and what chord tone your bass is on could help.

What does a live session look like?

A lot of students ask us how an interactive session works. Each student logs in from wherever they are in the world, and can optionally show their computer’s camera and microphone (so we can see each other!) The teacher starts the session with an open question session, followed by a lecture/demonstration on the lesson of the week. Just like in real life, anyone can chime in and ask questions as they come up. Following the lesson, another free-form question and answer session happens before adjourning for the week.


Register with Live Chat for only $189/Month*

Register without Live Chat for only $159/Month*

Instant Access Pass* – a monthly subscription to our video library (non-program videos)
Interactive* – weekly check-ins with the Instructor during their online office hours & feedback on level projects

Online programs are subscription-based
$214/month – with Interactive + with Instant Access Pass
$189/month – with Interactive, without Instant Access Pass
$184/month – without Interactive, with Instant Access Pass
$159/month – without Interactive + without Instant Access Pass

*All online programs can be taken with or without Interactive live chat with, and level project feedback from, the instructor & with or without Instant Access Pass

To enroll in the Music Theory Online Program, purchase below. This price includes all the required classes, at a significant discount from buying them individually.  

After payment for the program is received, we will contact you to welcome you to the program and answer any additional questions. You will receive your login and password information shortly after registering and can get started right away.

Enrollment Includes:

  • Admission to all Music Theory Online Program Classes
    • Interactive: Weekly feedback on tracks and projects during class Lab Time
    • Interactive: Feedback on midway and final projects from Slam Teachers and Guest Artists
  • Discounted Instant Access Pass (access to complete non-program online video library)


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