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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.

Head Down the Rabbit Hole with MITA

Performer Qin Xiao Ning demonstrates on the Chinese guzheng.
In trying to nourish and develop your interest in classical music, you might sometimes feel you’re surrounded by experts, who silence you with the quip of an abstract theory term or stare you down for clapping between movements of a symphony. You are not alone! (And don’t worry about the haters.) There are lots of bright, curious people who want to open their minds to the vibrant world of music but are unsure about where to start or uneasy engaging in those conversations. MITA seeks to democratize the classical music world by bringing all those with an earnest interest to places of confidence and deeper enjoyment in their musical journeys.

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.