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Use MITA’s powerful tools and sound-drenched environment to discover music’s rich stories and speak its language step by step. Whether you’re a total newbie or an outright connoisseur, exploring centuries of sound and culture was never so much fun.
What is MITA?A decade in the making, MITA (Music In the Air) is an all-in-one music discovery resource running on Mac and Windows computers. MITA stimulates your curiosity about, and passion for, live and recorded music by unlocking its many mysteries within an exciting, sound-drenched environment. You’ll efficiently and joyfully break down the daunting task of learning about centuries of music’s sounds, stories, and languages with MITA’s four unique sections:
AN EVENTFUL STORY: Relevant and engaging
Highlights of An Eventful Story
Fun to Read
Make sense of music’s stories by learning about their rich cultural contexts, often tied to everyday concepts (like baseball!).
Acquaint yourself with 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).
Click the “Play” icon to hear the work under discussion while you read, or choose “Listening Guide” or “Score” for deeper resources. Jump seamlessly back and forth. Musical concepts and challenging English vocabulary link directly to the Deep Glossary.
Modern and Outward-Looking
Alongside Western art music, explore jazz and popular music. Plus, get to know a variety of world music traditions via intimate video encounters with gifted performers.
Click on in-text thumbnails to view hundreds of full-screen images and take in the full captions.
Clearly Yet Flexibly Organized
Read all 800+ pages of An Eventful Story “cover to cover” to experience music history chronologically, or approach it through the lens that most interests you, be it composer, geography, or any other of the eight ways to sort. Use MITA’s search function to track down pieces, terms, or whatever word or phrase you’re looking for.
Written by award-winning UCLA Distinguished Professor of Music Robert Winter.
LISTENING GUIDES: More than 160 recordings accompanied by real-time written explanations
Highlights of Listening Guides
MITA teems with performances by the best of the best, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Takacs Quartet, from Dame Joan Sutherland to Sir Georg Solti.
Bouncing blocks take you through each section of every piece. To hear any location (“Closing area,” for example), simply click on it, and voila.
Vocal Texts Made Intelligible
For vocal works, the Listening Guides include both the original language and custom “sense” English translations (rather than misleading “singing” translations).
MITA’s Listening Guides include detailed background and full commentary.
Most Guides include two toggle-able levels: Level 1 (for relative beginners), requiring you to have no prior musical training, and Level 2 (for more advanced learners), challenging you to connect what you hear to musical ideas and language you already know.
INTERACTIVE SCORES: Over 120 annotated scores brought to life
Highlights of Interactive Scores
As the music plays continuously, MITA’s interactive bouncing blocks guide novices and experts alike through the written music. It’s easy to notice the relationships between what you hear in the recording and what you see on the page—even if you don’t read music (trust us!).
Click anywhere on a page to hear the music from exactly that point. 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).
Each score opens with an enlightening overview and a map of the piece’s sections.
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.
You’re in Control
Want to just silently read or listen to a score on your own? With a single click turn off the commentary and bouncing blocks and have at it.
DEEP GLOSSARY: A unique approach to a wealth of terms and ideas
Highlights of the Deep Glossary
Don't just read definitions: hear them! In-text “Play” buttons illustrate written concepts. Hundreds of textual pop-ups tell you exactly what you’re hearing when you hear it.
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”).
Terms found in each definition are themselves linked to their own definitions, and works referenced are linked back to “An Eventful Story.”
Depth, on Your Terms
We meant it when we named it the “Deep” Glossary. Many entries offer extended essays with further suggestions for more reading. But each entry starts with a simple barebones definition if that’s all you need.
Help with English, Too
Straightforward definitions for over 1000 challenging non-musical English words. Every word includes an audio pronunciation.
Head Down the Rabbit Hole with MITA
Learn Music through Sounds
Before there was music history or music theory, there was the music itself. MITA’s philosophy prioritizes sound as the central element in the learning experience, with real pieces and strategic audio illustrations integrated directly into the text. You’ll never have to imagine what something sounds like. Just press “Play.”
Follow Built-In Structures
The historical accounts within MITA can be read sequentially—which is to say from the dawn of Western music in ancient Greece until the extraordinary global musical diversity of today—in a way that both entertains and enlightens, saturated throughout with sounds and images. If you want to expand your musical vocabulary, follow the glossary’s Musical Languages Guide, which starts with essays on the most basic terms (e.g. “music,” “rhythm”) and builds from there. MITA’s built-in structure provides guidance informed by our team members’ combined 100+ years of experience as teachers (and learners!).
Or, Customize to Your Own Liking
If you know what you want, skip the built-in structures altogether and use MITA’s powerful sorting features to make the experience yours. The search feature allows you to find all mentions of any term within the program. An Eventful Story can be accessed eight different ways (chronologically, geographically, by composer, etc.), and most Listening Guides can be set to novice or advanced levels.
Grasp Ideas in Plain, Memorable Terms
MITA places historical and theoretical notions within cultural contexts that are truthful and make no attempt to conceal paradoxes or contradictions. The narrative relates music to everyday ideas, so you don’t need to be a theory guru to wrap your head around them. Making connections to ideas you already own has been shown repeatedly to be the best predictor of what you retain.
Discover Musical Scores as Never Before
Whether you’ve never read a note of music or logged years of theory as a music student, MITA brings a whole new level of engagement with its Interactive Scores. They don’t just stare back at you—every bar, phrase, and theme plays for you on command, guided by MITA’s interactive bouncing blocks. Optional annotations provide insights about each score’s most revealing dimensions, with terms linked to the Deep Glossary.
Prepare for Live Experiences
Fostering a passion for live music is central to the mission of ArtsInteractive. MITA can help you make the most of your live listening experience. If you’re going to hear a piece of music that’s in MITA, well, you know what to do (ahem, check out the Eventful Story overview, Listening Guide, and Interactive Score). If the piece isn’t in MITA, you can still prepare profitably by immersing yourself in the cultural movements on which your piece draws.
Join the Conversation
The more you learn about music, the more you become part of its living community. It’s not about impressing people by dropping in the right term during a lull in the conversation. It’s about being able to communicate your passion to others, and to hear theirs in return. It’s about confronting the relationships between music and power, about debating whether Wagner’s anti-Semitism stains his music, or arguing whether the hip-hop of resistance has become overly commodified. Music matters because it cannot help but reflect where a culture is or predict where it’s going.
Embrace the Spirit of Music!
It's sometimes hard to explain to others why we need music, which on the surface seems to serve little concrete purpose. Yet for millennia humans have acknowledged its central importance to creating community and cultural identity, its unique ability to both console and to challenge. Music continues to elicit a wider range of responses and engagement than any other form of human expression. Within that framework MITA strives to constantly expand your field of vision.
Go on Adventures in Music, Like Handel Did
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Classical music isn’t the static stuff of lecture halls; it’s a vibrant world filled with adventurous stories like that of George Frederic Handel (1685-1759) who, legend has it, defiantly smuggled a clavichord into his parents’ attic (hover over the image for more). Make your own adventures as you explore the fascinating contexts and languages behind this great music, which today is alive, well, and as diverse as ever. In under two minutes be up and running in the totally free 30-day Expanded MITA Sampler, with no credit card required. Complete the mini-form below to launch your download:
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