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.