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MITA's four integrated sections facilitate a multi-dimensional approach to discovering music and put game-changing tools in the hands of educators and students:

An Eventful Story | Listening Guides | Interactive Scores | Deep Glossary



AN EVENTFUL STORY: Relevance and range

An account of Handel's colorful life
Fun to Read

An account of Handel's colorful life

An account of Handel's colorful life

An account of Handel's colorful life

Screenshot of the Tables of Contents shows various options for sorting centuries of music's stories
Thorough

A view of the contents included in An Eventful Story's book 6, chronologically the last

A view of the contents included in An Eventful Story's book 6, chronologically the last

A view of the contents included in An Eventful Story's book 6, chronologically the last

A screenshot of a page introducing popular music, with a photo of Bing Crosby and a video link
Modern and Outward-Looking

Beginning of a chapter discussing the rise of popular music

Beginning of a chapter discussing the rise of popular music

Beginning of a chapter discussing the rise of popular music

A screenshot of a section of MITA dedicated to Chinese music, with a video of Qin Xiao Ning demonstrating the sounds of the guzheng
Modern and Outward-Looking

Master performer Qin Xiao Ning demonstrates the sounds of the Chinese guzheng

Master performer Qin Xiao Ning demonstrates the sounds of the Chinese guzheng

Master performer Qin Xiao Ning demonstrates the sounds of the Chinese guzheng

A screenshot of a page of MITA dedicated to Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever", with buttons to "Play" or go to the listening guide, score, or a web video
Integrated

Buttons and text link to various sections of MITA

Buttons and text link to various sections of MITA. Clicking the "Play" button will start Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" from here within An Eventful Story

Buttons and text link to various sections of MITA. Clicking the "Play" button will start Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" from here within An Eventful Story

A screenshot of the Tables of Contents, sorted by geographical region
Sortable

An Eventful Story sorted by region

An Eventful Story sorted by region, with Austria/Germany selected

An Eventful Story sorted by region, with Austria/Germany selected

A screenshot of an image from MITA that shows one of the paintings that "Pictures at an Exhibition" sought to express in music
Smartly Illustrated

An enlarged image related to Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"

An enlarged image of one of the pictures that Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" aimed to express in music

An enlarged image of one of the pictures that Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" aimed to express in music

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Highlights of An Eventful Story

Fun to Read

Students make sense of music’s stories by learning about their rich cultural contexts, often tied to everyday concepts (like baseball!).

Thorough

Explore all of Western music's major movements and composers, from the Middle Ages to Minimalism, from Hildegard of Bingen (born 1098) to John Adams (born 1947).

Modern and Outward-Looking

Alongside Western art music, An Eventful Story features popular music and a growing collection of global musics, the latter through intimate video encounters with gifted performers.

Integrated

Clicking the “Play” icon starts the work under discussion, from right within Eventful Story, while choosing “Listening Guide” or “Score” launches deeper resources. Students jump seamlessly back and forth. Musical concepts and challenging English vocabulary link directly to the Deep Glossary.

Sortable Eight Different Ways

Find what you are looking for through the lenses that most apply to you, including chronology, composer, genre, geography, and more.

Smartly Illustrated

Clicking on in-text thumbnails brings up hundreds of full-screen images and full captions.

LISTENING GUIDES: More than 160 prose accounts linked to sounding music

Highlights of Listening Guides

Interactive Design

Bouncing blocks take students of all levels through each section of every piece. To hear any location (“Closing area,” for example), students simply click on it, and voila.

World-Class Recordings

MITA teems with performances by world-class artists, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Takacs Quartet, from Dame Joan Sutherland to Sir Georg Solti.

Vocal Texts Made Intelligible

For all vocal works, the Listening Guides include both the original language and a smart-sense English translation.

Depth

MITA includes an unrivaled set of over 150 Listening Guides that offer detailed background information and full commentary.

Layered Approach

Most Guides include two toggle-able levels: Level 1, assuming no prior musical training, and Level 2, challenging more advanced learners to connect what they hear to musical ideas and language they already know.

INTERACTIVE SCORES: Over 120 annotated scores brought to life

Highlights of Interactive Scores

Bouncing Blocks

As the music plays continuously, MITA’s trademark bouncing blocks guide novices and experts alike through each bar of more than a hundred scores.

Supercharged Introductions

Each score includes a detailed overview of what’s in it. Clicking on any location from the overview instantly brings up that location in the score and starts playing; shift+click starts anywhere in the music while staying on the overview.

Insightful Annotations

Easily readable red text points out the most salient features on each page. Musical terms are linked to their Deep Glossary entries. Clicking “More” on the bottom of many pages delves even deeper into what the music reveals.

Interactive Functionality

Clicking on any bar plays the music from exactly that point: great for examining details or even practicing sight-singing.

Navigation Made Easy

Students can go through a score page by page, jump to a specific page number, or click on “Go To” to play from a specific moment in the piece (“Coda,” for example).

Total Control

Want students to just silently read or listen to a score on their own? They can turn off the commentary and bouncing blocks with a single click and have at it.

DEEP GLOSSARY: A unique approach to over 600 musical terms

Highlights of the Deep Glossary

Multimedia Richness

Students don't just read definitions: they hear them! In-text “Play” buttons illustrate written concepts. Hundreds of textual “pop-ups” give them a play-by-play of exactly what they are hearing.

Helpful Ordering

An alphabetical index is supplemented by a “Musical Languages Guide” that builds knowledge step-by-step, from the most basic concepts (“music”) to the most advanced (“modified strophic form” or “disability studies”).

Dynamic Linking

Terms found in each definition are themselves linked to their own definitions (with an easy retrace), and works referenced are linked back to “An Eventful Story.”

“Deep” Means “Deep”

Many entries offer extended essays with further suggestions for “More Reading.”

Help with English, Too

Straightforward definitions for over 1000 challenging non-musical English words. Every word includes an audio pronunciation.

A rare photo of Arnold Schoenberg giving a harmony class at UCLA, where he taught from 1936-1944.

Designed By and For Educators


“Robert Winter’s masterful and profoundly original MITA represents the first thorough rethinking in music pedagogy in many decades. It will set the standard for a very long time into the future. The interactive nature of the program is as extraordinary (and duly attentive to how learning occurs) as the scholarship is authoritative.”

Richard Leppert
Regent’s Professor of Music
University of Minnesota

Our team understands educators and musicians because—from our principal author to our director of programming—that’s who we are! Our experience in higher-ed music education has informed every step of MITA’s development in order to give educators like you the tools we always wished we had:

Everything at Your Fingertips


Discovering music should be elegant, intuitive, and easy on the back. A powerful one-stop platform serves as textbook, music scores, sound recordings, and more. You and your students will never need to interrupt learning to find a page, a piece, or a track.

A Comprehensive Story, Enhanced


MITA’s An Eventful Story traces the history of Western and selected world musics in an accessible and engaging manner. But it does much more: music jumps straight from the text, illustrating key points; thumbnail illustrations go full screen with detailed captions; more than 2,000 terms link directly to the Deep Glossary; and links to external reading provide ideas for supplementary assignments (or just feed curious students’ minds). An Eventful Story links seamlessly (both to and back from) MITA’s three other main sections.

Carefully Chosen Repertoire


MITA’s repertoire is both representative and fresh—works that appeal to the ear while being eminently teachable. From Hildegard to Harbison, plainchant to Puccini, Monteverdi to Messaien and Madonna (including some delightful sidetrips), China to the Middle East, MITA covers the waterfront.

Low Cost


At $12.95/mo., with discounts for longer-term subscriptions, MITA brings unparalleled resources at prices students can afford. MITA saves one-semester music appreciation students up to 82% compared to new versions of leading music appreciation textbooks. It saves up to 48% compared to rentals—and without the logistical hassle. Check out the full range of prices on our Subscriptions page. Instructor copies of MITA are provided free of charge when you adopt MITA for your course in the Adopt MITA tab.

Flexibility


MITA delivers a multi-layered experience that only computers can offer. Finding the right level for your students is both easy and flexible. Lesson and assignment planning allows you to sort by date, periods, composers, styles, repertoire, genres, and regions. Assign listenings with either novice or advanced annotations. Oscillate freely between history, theory, and performance. MITA is at home in the music appreciation hall and the graduate seminar, the theory classroom and the course in orchestration.

Any Student Can Read a Score


MITA’s 4,000 pages of breakthrough Interactive Scores bring notation to sounding life. As the music plays, novices and experts alike enjoy following along with the bouncing blocks that guide them through a work. Users can also jump instantly from section to section to demonstrate structural parallels. Optional annotations explore musical concepts in their detailed contexts. With a single click turn the annotations off to create your own reading.

A Glossary You Can Hear, and Plan Around


Essays (always headed by basic definitions suitable for beginners) accompanied by well-chosen musical examples and guided visual pop-ups breathe sound and clarity into hundreds of theoretical terms. Terms linked from within MITA’s Eventful Story and Listening Guides offer the rare opportunity to reinforce history with theory, performance with both. Additionally, the Deep Glossary’s concise definitions of challenging English words help ESL students quickly build vocabulary.

Search Quickly, Precisely


Planning a lesson on all-things Brahms? Can’t remember where that reference to Miles Davis was? Use MITA’s powerful search engine to access instantly every mention of a term from a contextualized list.

Great Performers, Great Performances


MITA teems with performances by world-class artists—from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Takacs Quartet, Dame Joan Sutherland to Sir Georg Solti—as well as video explorations of more than 100 Western and world instruments performed largely by students. Annotated links to more than 350 external videos provide access and illumination about even more performances of high quality.

Face Complicated Truths, Celebrate Diversity


We believe that the story of an incredible body of work that is predominantly European would be incomplete without a discussion about the ugly truths of colonialism. While examining European conquests in which musicians sometimes found themselves caught in the middle or even direct perpetrators, MITA explores important contributions by members of historically marginalized groups such as women, indigenous peoples, and Africans and offers explanations for why knowledge about the great pasts of these groups is limited.

A Global, Contemporary Perspective


In Version 1.0 students have access to original custom videos of traditional music from China and the Middle East, as well as an engaging video introduction to world music studies by UCLA Professor Emeritus Anthony Seeger. Fresh cultures are in the pipeline. Traditional instruments from the Hawaiian ukulele to Scottish bagpipes highlight the manner in which Western music has borrowed freely from many cultures and traditions. Popular music is integrated from the Middle Ages to the present.

Reliability


MITA has been programmed and packaged with educators and students in mind. All audio and video is streamed from our reliable servers (you must be connected to the internet to use the program). With MITA’s high-resolution file compression, resources are easily delivered over your home or institution’s Wi-Fi network, or even using a smartphone hotspot.

Always Evolving


Guided by its mission to engender lasting curiosity about music, MITA remains an agile, perpetual work-in-progress. MITA’s development team will roll out new features and additional repertoire on a regular basis, as well as respond to user input. If we are in error, we’ll fix it quickly. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Drop us your comments on the contact page, and sign up for our emails to be the first to know when new features and repertoire are released.

Trustworthy Quality


ArtsInteractive’s team of musicians and educators boasts more than one hundred years of combined experience in higher-ed and self-learner music education. Principal author Robert Winter is an award-winning UCLA teacher, scholar, and performer. Designer/programmer Peter Bogdanoff’s interactive work has inspired audiences from the Pacific Symphony to the New York Philharmonic. Senior Educational Liaison Robert Freeman is the former dean of the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Texas at Austin. We are passionate pioneers in digital media who have earned praise from Wired, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, The New York Times, and Newsweek, and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions Frequently Asked by Educators

We use the term tables (plural) of contents because, unlike paper-bound textbooks, MITA offers eight different ways of sorting and approaching centuries of music. Below, we have laid out the contents of MITA’s “An Eventful Story” section by periods and chapters, which is the chronological approach taken by most music books with which students and instructors may be familiar. However, we encourage educators to consider all types of lenses! Other ways of sorting “An Eventful Story” include by preludes (the extra-musical historical overviews that give context to the music), styles (like Renaissance and Modernism but also sub-styles like the motet and twelve-tone), composer biographies (jump to the overview of any composer in MITA, listed alphabetically or chronologically), works (find the overview of a specific work), genres & categories (opera, orchestral, electronic, etc.), historical windows (special features from every era like “A Choirboy’s Life at Notre Dame” and “The New Orleans Brass Band”), and geographical regions (works in MITA from Austria/Germany, the United States, the Middle East, etc.).

Updated August 24, 2018. For the most up-to-date list, view these tables of contents from within a version of MITA.

Periods and Chapters from “An Eventful Story”

Book 1: Prehistory through the Renaissance

The Middle Ages (500-1430)

Prelude: Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Worlds
Chapter 1: The Greek Heritage / Medieval Monophony
Chapter 2: Medieval Polyphony
Interlude: Europe and the Americas

The Renaissance (1430-1600)

Prelude: The Age of Humanism
Chapter 3: Secular Music at Court
Chapter 4: Music for State and Church

Book 2: Early & Late Baroque

The Early Baroque (1600-1690)

Prelude: The Age of Absolutism
Chapter 5: Instruments in Italy and Germany
Chapter 6: The Birth of Opera

The Late Baroque (1690-1750)

Prelude: The Age of Enlightenment
Chapter 7: Instrumental Music
Chapter 8: Vocal Music: Opera, Oratorio, Cantata, and Mass

Book 3: The Viennese “Classical” Style

The Viennese “Classical” Style (1750-1828)

Prelude: The Age of Revolution
Chapter 9: The Rise of the Symphony
Chapter 10: Concerto and Quartet
Chapter 11: Mozart in Opera and Church
Chapter 12: Beethoven: Heroism and Contemplation
Chapter 13: Late Beethoven: Disruption and Transcendence
Chapter 14: Toward Romanticism: Rossini, Weber, Schubert
Interlude: Africa Out of History

Book 4: Romanticism

[Full-Blown] Romanticism (ca. 1829-ca. 1875)

Prelude: The Creed of Individualism
Chapter 15: Romanticism in Paris
Chapter 16: Virtuosos and Pianists
Chapter 17: Absolute Music, Tone Poems, Popular Music
Chapter 18: Romantic Opera in Italy and France
Chapter 19: Romantic Opera in Germany

Book 5: Post-Romanticism & Early Modernism

Post-Romanticism (ca. 1875-1909)

Prelude: Preparing for the End of the World
Chapter 20: Nationalism
Chapter 21: The Twilight of Romanticism

Early Modernism (ca. 1900-1930)

Prelude: The End of the World, Part I
Chapter 22: The French [Musical] Revolution
Chapter 23: Expressionism and Serialism in Vienna
Chapter 24: America: Tragedy and the Coming of Age
Chapter 25: Jazz: A Uniquely American Music
Chapter 26: Responses to Jazz, Neoclassicism

Book 6: Late Modernism & the Digital Age

Late Modernism (ca. 1930-1960)

Prelude: The End of the World, Part II
Chapter 27: Emigrés and the Americas
Chapter 28: Traditionalists and Mavericks

The Digital Age (ca. 1950 on)

Prelude: After the End of the World
Chapter 29: The Avant Garde
Chapter 30: Popular Music and the Media Explosion
Chapter 31: Postmodernism and Beyond

Book 7: Some Musics of the World

Some Musics of the World

Prelude: Profile of an Ethnomusicologist
Chapter 32: Music and Instruments of China
Chapter 33: Music of the Middle East

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We have rigorously selected MITA’s repertoire to give students a complete, well-rounded musical perspective that includes a full range of time periods—and time zones—with both established staples of the Western art music canon and appealing gems you’ll find in no other course pack (as well as videos not listed below of performers from a variety of global music traditions). All works featured within MITA include a historical overview in the Eventful Story section and a Listening Guide accompanied by an outstanding recording; the vast majority also include an Interactive Score (noted in bold below).

Updated August 24, 2018. To see the most up-to-date repertoire, check out the list in the Listening Guides section within a version of MITA.

MITA Repertoire List

BEFORE THE MIDDLE AGES (pre-500)

Invocation to Calliope and Apollo

THE MIDDLE AGES (500-1430)

Marian Antiphon: “Alma redemptoris mater”
Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo virtutum, Scene 4
Countess of Dia: trobairitz song, “A una amante infidele”
Walter von der Vogelweide: “Unter der linden an der heide”
Estampie
Pérotin: Excerpt from the four-voiced organum, Viderunt omnes
Anonymous Motet: “O mitissima—Quant voi—Virgo virginum—Hec dies”
Guillaume de Machaut: Gloria to the Mass of Notre Dame
De Machaut: ballade, “Dame, comment qu’amez”
De Machaut: virelai, “Douce dame jolie”
De Machaut: rondeau, “Rose, lis, printemps, verdure”
Giovanni da Firenze: caccia, “Con bracchi assai”
Francesco Landini: ballata, “Cara mie donna”
John Dunstable: ballata, “O rosa bella”

THE RENAISSANCE (1430-1600)

Gilles Binchois or Guillaume Dufay: rondeau, “Je ne veis onques la pareille”
Heinrich Isaac: Lied, “Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen”
Josquin des Prez: frottola, “El grillo”
Des Prez: canonic chanson, “Baisez moy”
Thomas Weelkes: English Madrigal, “Those sweet delightful Lilies”
Renaissance Dance Medley
Guillaume Dufay: motet, “Supremum est mortalibus bonum”
Des Prez: Credo from the Missa L’homme armé super voces musicales”
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Credo from the Pope Marcellus Mass
Tomas Luis de Victoria: Ave maria for double SATB choir

THE EARLY BAROQUE (1600-1690)

Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzoni e Sonate, Sonata XIX
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Capriccio del Soggetto scritto sopra l’Aria di Ruggiero
Claudio Monteverdi: madrigal, “Zefiro torna”
Heinrich Schütz: “Freue dich”
Monteverdi: opera, Orfeo, Act IV, Orfeo’s ascent
Henry Purcell: opera, Dido and Aeneas, conclusion
Jean-Baptiste Lully: incidental music to The Bourgeois Gentleman, No. 1, Overture; No. 3, Canaries; No. 4, March for the Turkish Ceremony; No. 8, Chaconne des Scaramouches
Barbara Strozzi: Un amante segreto

THE LATE BAROQUE (1690-1750)

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2 (all four movements)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major (all three movements)
Antonio Vivaldi: “Autumn” from The Four Seasons (all three movements)
George Frederick Handel: Suite in D/G Major from Royal Water Music, movements 2, 4 & 5
Georg Philipp Telemann: Trio Sonata in A Minor from Essercisii musici, 4th movement
François Couperin: Les barricades mysterieuses
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in G Minor for organ, BWV 565
Handel: opera, Orlando, recitative and aria, “Fammi combattere”
Jean Philippe Rameau: Jupiter’s descent from Act IV of Castor et Pollux
Handel: from Part II of Messiah
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 78, movements 1 & 2

THE VIENNESE “CLASSICAL” STYLE (1750-1828)

Johann Christian Bach: Overture to Adriano in Siria, 1st movement
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach: Symphony in D Major, Wq. 183/1, 1st movement
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G Major (“Military,” all four movements)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 (“Jupiter,” all four movements)
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467 (all three movements)
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76 No. 5, 2nd & 4th movements
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – Act I, No. 6: “Non so piú cosa son;” Act I, No. 9: Recitative and Aria, “Non piú andrei…;” Act II finale, Stages 3-7
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, movements 1 & 4
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, 1st movement
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111 (both movements)
Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, movements 1, 4 & 7
Gioachino Rossini: The Barber of Seville – Overture; Act I: Figaro’s Cavatina, “Largo al factotum;” Act I: Rosina’s Cavatina, “Una voce poco fa”
Carl Maria von Weber: opera, Der Freischütz, Act II, “Wolf’s Glen Scene”
Franz Schubert: Lied, “An Silvia,” D. 891
Schubert: Lied, “Gretchen am Spinnrade,” D. 118
Schubert: Lied, “Rastlose Liebe,” D. 138

ROMANTICISM (ca. 1829-ca. 1875)

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, movements 1, 2, 4 & 5
Niccolò Paganini: Caprice for Solo Violin, Op. 1, No. 9
Franz Liszt: Concert Étude after Paganini, “La Campanella”
Frédéric Chopin: Étude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 6
Chopin: Mazurka in B-flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4
Chopin: Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
Clara Wieck: Romance in G Minor, Op. 11, No. 2
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, 1st movement
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D Minor, movements 1 & 2
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Waltz, “Voices of Spring,” Op. 410
Vincenzo Bellini: opera, Norma, Act I, “Casta Diva”
Gaetano Donizetti: opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III, Scene 2 (Mad Scene)
Giuseppe Verdi: opera, Rigoletto, Act III, beginning
Liszt: Concert Paraphrase from Verdi’s Rigoletto
Richard Wagner: opera, Tristan and Isolde, Act II, Love duet
Liszt/Wagner: Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde

POST-ROMANTICISM (ca. 1875-1909)

Bedřich Smetana: The Moldau from Ma Vlast
Edvard Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Modest Musorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Various Promenades and No. 1, “Gnomus;” No. 3, “Tuileries;” No. 5, “Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells;” No. 9, “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs;” and No. 10, “The Great Gate of Kiev”
Peter Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
Giacomo Puccini: opera, La bohéme, Act I, love duet
Antonín Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”), 2nd movement
Richard Mahler: Symphony No. 6, 1st movement
Richard Strauss: opera, Der Rosenkavalier, Act III, conclusion

MODERNISM (ca. 1900-ca. 1960)

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Maurice Ravel: “Lever du jour” from Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2
Igor Stravinsky: Part I from The Rite of Spring
Arnold Schoenberg: Vergangenes from Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
Schoenberg: No. 8, “Nacht,” from Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21
Anton Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10, numbers 3 & 4
Alban Berg: opera, Wozzeck, Act III, Scenes 2 & 3
Webern: Symphony, Op. 21, 1st movement
John Philip Sousa: march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever”
Charles Ives: “Putnam’s Camp” from Three Places in New England
Aaron Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring
Scott Joplin: “Gladiolus Rag”
Jelly Roll Morton: “Dead Man Blues”
Louis Armstrong: “West End Blues”
Duke Ellington: “Harlem Air Shaft”
Charlie Parker: “Bloomdido”
Stravinsky: “Three Dances” from A Soldier’s Tale
George Gershwin: from Act I, Scene 1 of Porgy and Bess
Leonard Bernstein: “America” and “Tonight” from West Side Story
Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24, movements 1 & 2
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, 3rd movement
Edgard Varèse: Ionisation
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, movements 1 & 4
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, 1st movement
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Benjamin Britten: opera, Act III, end Scene 1 to Scene 2 of Peter Grimes
Bernard Herrmann: Suite from the film Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, 2nd movement
Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time, 1st movement, “Liturgie de cristal” & 6th movement, “Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes”

THE DIGITAL AGE (ca. 1950 on)

Pierre Boulez: Le Marteau sans maître, 3rd movement, “The Furious Artisan”
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Song of the Youths
György Ligeti: Lux Aeterna for 16-voice a cappella mixed chorus
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: “Eyesight” from Passages for Soprano and Instrumental Ensemble
John Adams: “News Has a Kind of Mystery” from Act I of Nixon in China

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MITA’s content has been carefully designed to fit a wide range of music courses, from non-major music appreciation courses to music-major history surveys to graduate composition seminars, and any course in between. If there is material that doesn’t fit your course, MITA’s modular (vs. page-by-page serial) approach makes it easy to skip. This approach also means that the content you need is there if you know where to look. Start with An Eventful Story’s tables of contents (just select “An Eventful Story” from the home screen), which allow you to organize history eight different ways, such as by chronology, geographical region, or musical work. The Deep Glossary, in addition to its default alphabetical ordering, can be organized into a Musical Languages Guide (just select “Deep Glossary” from the home screen and choose “View the Guide” from the green box on the right), which presents musical terms in categories like harmony, color, and musical notation. Make connections between the realms of history, theory, and performance by following MITA’s links and buttons to different sections; when studying Berlioz in An Eventful Story, for example, you might instruct students to follow the glossary link to “orchestration” and make that topic a focus of your lesson. Finally, use the search function (find the magnifying glass in the menu bar at the bottom of each page) to find all mentions of a term in MITA.

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Digital spaces render narrowcasting textbook constraints obsolete. MITA does not throw you into the deep end of the pool. Instead, its layered approach lets you put your feet on the first step of the shallow end and walk in at your own speed (later on you can jump into the deep end). How does this work?

  • The narrative of “An Eventful Story” is aimed at motivated college freshmen in either non-major music appreciation courses or music-major history surveys (though MITA has been used successfully by middle- and high-school students as well). Compact definitions of not only musical terms but of more than a thousand regular vocabulary words are available with a single click.
  • The more than 150 Listening Guides are geared to those who do not read music or have any special training. They invite the student to click and listen at their own speed. Many Listening Guides include a Level 2 that challenges more expert listeners to hear at a deeper level.
  • The 110+ Interactive Scores are accessible to complete novices because MITA’s trademark bouncing blocks follow the music as it plays. Beginners learn to navigate scores the same way they picked up spoken language as toddlers. For experts or professionals, both the bold red comments and the “More” feature provide ample fodder for in-depth discussions.
  • All entries in the Deep Glossary begin with a concise definition that instructors can specify, or they can delve more deeply at their discretion. The Deep Glossary contains entries on methodologies such as ethnomusicology, cultural theory, gender studies, feminist musicology, and disability studies.

With its built-in flexibility, MITA can support (and/or supplement) beginner to advanced courses in music appreciation, music history, theory, orchestration, form and analysis, pedagogy, or courses that explore issues such as race and gender. The beginner will not feel overwhelmed; the expert will find plenty to chew on. Besides serious college courses, MITA has engaged (in its English version!) 125 six-to-nine-year-old Chinese piano students in a 2-hour public presentation without any loss of enthusiasm or concentration because they came to the stage one after the other and ran the program themselves.

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Recent research has shown that the overwhelming majority of college and university students—97 percent—own either a laptop or a desktop computer. Due to the demands of today’s campus environment, the remaining three percent who don’t own computers have workarounds in place, which often involve the use of institutional machines. If you anticipate having a small group of students who do not own computers, we recommend securing subscriptions to MITA on institutional machines to which those students have access. Students sometimes also sign up for MITA via a friend or roommate’s computer. Most students—including those who may need to use MITA at the library—will thank you for MITA’s cost savings compared to traditional music textbooks.

By the way, we recently purchased a 13” Windows laptop online for $200. MITA looks and runs great on it.

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MITA’s minimum file sizes and audio/video compression mean that our program runs smoothly on modest Wi-Fi setups. It is more important that systems be steady and reliable in order not to disrupt service. Our testing has shown that many students can use the program simultaneously without degrading performance. If you plan to be using MITA in a classroom or auditorium and have any reservations about the Wi-Fi coverage, try out the program at your institution before adopting.

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MITA is the most integrated, affordable music learning resource currently available, with Monthly, 6-Month, and Annual Subscription options to fit the individual needs of your students. See the latest pricing information on our Subscription page.

Instructors and their teaching assistants in courses using MITA receive a complimentary subscription for the duration of the course. Instructors can supply names and email addresses of TAs when requesting their free subscription here.

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MITA’s alliance with Universal Music Group (including Decca, London, Deutsche Gramophon, Archiv, and L’oiseaux lyre), along with contributions from labels such as Nonesuch, Teldec, and Chandos, makes our carefully chosen offerings of unrivaled quality.

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MITA has been used intensively for eight years in both undergraduate and graduate classes at UCLA (and other southern California campuses), ranging from freshman General Education courses to graduate seminars. As the most diverse campus in the United States, UCLA has provided an ideal test bed, and dozens of student suggestions have been incorporated into MITA’s content and user interface.

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Johann Strauss Jr., looking more dignified than we might expect from someone who created so much havoc on the dance floor!

Seeing Is Believing (and hearing, too!)

Special Pre-Launch Download

Downloading the Expanded MITA Sampler is quick and easy, and it’s a better way of getting a feel for what the program is all about than anything we can show you on this page. Explore MITA’s robust features and extensive content to see if it’s a possible fit for your classroom. You’ll get 30 days to try all the program’s features and about 40% of its content, with no credit card or obligations (after your first 30 days, the program will become the forever-free basic MITA Sampler, which is yours to keep). If you have any questions during your trial, feel free to get in touch. Complete the mini-form below to launch your download.

*I agree to receive occasional updates about MITA and to the Privacy Policy, End User License Agreement, and Terms and Conditions.

Note: MITA is currently available only for Mac and Windows computers. If you would like step-by-step instructions or encounter issues with anti-virus software, please refer to the MITA installation instructions.




To purchase a subscription to MITA, please visit our subscriptions page.

Adopt MITA for Your Course

If you’re ready to adopt MITA for use in an academic course, complete the form below to receive a complimentary instructor copy to use throughout the duration of your course. Now through November 30, in celebration of MITA’s launch, we’re offering your students annual subscriptions at just $99.95 (vs. $124.95 regular price). Students can select an annual, monthly ($12.95), or 6-month ($64.95) option on our Subscriptions page. Thanks for choosing MITA!



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Get MITA for Your Library

MITA makes a great addition to library workstations and downloadable resources available to patrons online. Contact us about special bulk rates available to public libraries and those affiliated with educational institutions.



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