March 15, 2018

MITA Is for Educators

Professor with music staff chalkboard

Discover why MITA’s all-in-one, integrated approach could be just the right fit for your classroom or lecture hall.

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.

Everything at Your Fingertips

Discovering music within a digital space 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.

Curated Repertoire

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

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. Learn more.

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. Instructor copies of MITA are provided free of charge (just fill out the form in the Adopt MITA for Your Course tab on this page).


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 chapters, dates, periods, composers, styles, repertoire, genres, and geographical 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 and learn from following the bouncing blocks that guide them through a work. Users can also jump instantly from section to section to illustrate 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, and performance with both. Additionally, the Deep Glossary’s concise definitions of more than a thousand 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 by both students and master performers. Annotated links to more than 350 external videos provide access and illumination about even more performances of high quality.

A Global, Contemporary Perspective

In MITA’s initial release, 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.


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.

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Answers to some questions we hear from educators

If you are an educator interested in adopting MITA for a course, please submit the quick-and-easy form here to receive a free trial. You’ll have access to more than half of MITA’s rich resources for a two-week period, after which the program will automatically revert back to our free MITA Sampler (which you may keep indefinitely). You’ll be given the opportunity to subscribe either individually or for a class (in which case the instructor with more than 15 student licenses receives a free license for the duration of the course).

Instructors who offer a course with 15 or more student subscriptions receive a complimentary license for the duration of their course. In large enrollment courses with multiple Teaching Assistants, we will supply complimentary subscriptions to them for the duration of the course as well. Please contact us to arrange these licenses. Include “Instructor License” in the subject of your message.

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.

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.

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.

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.