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Introducing MITA, the Digital Un-Textbook

Help music majors and non-majors alike hear their way to understanding with a fully digital platform that integrates sounding history, theory, and performance in ways you never imagined.

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.