Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in several of the courses but I'm not sure where to begin. How do I get started?

Step 1 – create an account. If you’ve already done so, then go to Step 2

Step 2 – complete an application for admission to the Ethos program. Whether you plan on enrolling in one course or a complete program package you need to submit an application before you purchase any of our courses. It’s our way to get to know you better, to ensure an optimum learning experience. This includes the option to speak with an Ethos advisor to answer any of your questions.

Step 3 – go to the course catalogue to make your selections and process payment. Once your payment is processed you will receive a confirmation email. Before your course begins, an advisor will contact you with a welcome package containing all of the information you’ll need for your course.

How long are these courses? Do the schedules vary from course to course?

Unless otherwise noted, each Ethos course is 5 class sessions. Each class session runs for 2 hours, live in the virtual classroom. As a general rule, each course meets 1 time each week, during the same hours. (ex.) Daniel Wehr’s Film Music 101 meets for 5 consecutive Thursdays, from 10:00am – 12:00pm PST.    There are exceptions; for example, on Mondays from 11am – 1pm, we have 2 courses which rotate from week to week, Music for Television with Mike Simon, and Music for Video Games with Jesse Harlin. These 2 course schedules shift to accommodate the teacher’s professional schedule. Remember, all of Ethos instructors are working professionals, which puts you in direct contact with the industry, and potential career opportunities for you.

Before you register for a course, check the calendar for a complete schedule of classes.

What are the "Open Talk" sessions? How often are they scheduled?

The “Open Talk” sessions are designed as a “meet and greet” for anyone interested in knowing more about Ethos. We invite you to join us live, online to meet the teachers, the staff and alumni, so that we can all get to know one another better, and to answer any questions about the courses and the Ethos program. These “free” sessions take place 2 -3 weeks before the start of the next round of class sessions. You can join us for one or more of these sessions by completing the RSVP posted on the calendar date for each “Open Talk”.

What is the education level of the Ethos courses? Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced? Do I need to have previous knowledge of music to enrol in this program?

Generally speaking, you should have a basic knowledge of music fundamentals; rhythm, harmony, melody/counterpoint. If you have questions or concerns about your current training or skill level, contact us at;

How does the Ethos program work? What is an LMS and how does it work with the virtual classroom?

The Ethos Program can be divided in two parts.

1. The Learning Management System (LMS)

That’s the part where you will be able to access all the text, video and audio materials necessary to your learning. The LMS is available at any time and

2. The Virtual Classroom

That is where the classes happen. You will login live into the Virtual Classroom to meet your instructor and colleagues at the specific day and time of your course. There the interactive environment of Ethos begins.

English is not my native language. Are all your courses in english only? What level of english comprehension do I need to enroll?

All Ethos course are taught in english. Students should be able to master good listening, writing and speaking english skills to enrol in this program. If you have questions about your level of english, contact us at to discuss this with one of our Ethos staff.

Are there any technical specifications in order to participate?

The Ethos Virtual Classroom is a browser based technology that is supported by Flash. In order to connect to this virtual environment you will need to access it from a Computer (Desktop/ Laptop). The Virtual Classroom does not support access via mobile phones or tablets.

However you can access the Learning Management System from any device and be able to see the materials of your courses from there.

In order to attend a class in the Virtual room you will need the following:

  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • Headphones

To be able to have a good experience in the Virtual Room you will also need a good internet connection in order to talk and listen to the classes without interferences.

What can I do If I'm unable to attend every class or I miss portions of one or more classes?

The courses are live and interactive, which puts you in direct contact with the teacher.  However, there are times when you may be unable to attend. In this case, you have access to the Ethos recorded archives. We record every class session from beginning to end, so you won’t miss a minute of any class.

Students learn from professionals - does Ethos offer an internship program with these professionals. Are there other opportunities, or job placement as a result of my studies in the Ethos program?

Indeed – you will be learning from Hollywood professionals. So, while there are no guarantees for job placement or internships, there is a good chance that your contact with the instructors will lead to those possibilities.

I'm interested in Ethos, but I'm not ready to enroll today. Is there a mailing list or some other way I can stay in touch with Ethos?

Click here to create a “free” ethos account, without any obligation to purchase a course. When you create your free account, we’ll add you to our mailing list.

I have additional questions - is there someone I can speak with? How can I reach you directly?

Feel free to write to for any question you might have. Also, feel free to write to As an Ethos alum, Sara can share her experience with you and assist you with additional questions.