March 2, 2018

What Is MITA?

An Eventful Story

A highly readable and digestible account traversing the history of Western music

A highly readable and digestible account traversing the history of Western music, sortable by chronology, composer, region, and more

A highly readable and digestible account traversing the history of Western music, sortable by chronology, composer, region, and more

Listening Guides

Detailed accounts of more than 160 pieces, with world-class recordings

Detailed accounts of more than 160 pieces, with world-class recordings linked to descriptions that guide you through each selection

Detailed accounts of more than 160 pieces, with world-class recordings linked to descriptions that guide you through each selection

Interactive Scores

Centuries of notation, annotated and brought to sounding life

Centuries of notation, annotated and brought to sounding life with unique moving blocks that follow along as you listen

Centuries of notation, annotated and brought to sounding life with unique moving blocks that follow along as you listen

Deep Glossary

More than 600 musical terms, illuminated like never before

More than 600 musical terms, illuminated like never before with hundreds of integrated audio and video examples

More than 600 musical terms, illuminated like never before with hundreds of integrated audio and video examples

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A decade of development and classroom testing in the making, MITA (Music In the Air) is an all-in-one music exploration and education resource, running on macOS and Windows. We developed MITA to stimulate curiosity in, and a passion for, live music—to unlock many of music’s mysteries for amateurs and experts alike within a vibrant, sound-drenched environment.

Why Explore Music In a Total Digital Environment?

    • It’s Richer. Music is best understood by hearing it rather than just reading about it. Start with thousands of sounds and add hundreds of scalable images and custom videos: MITA puts all these multimedia learning tools seamlessly at your fingertips.
    • It’s Easier. MITA gives you the combined resources of a textbook, 20+ CDs, a huge score anthology, and review suggestions all in one program, saving you (and your back!) from lugging a set of non-integrated resources around and enabling you to find speedily what you need.
    • It’s More Flexible. By taking advantage of the sorting and re-configuring capabilities of computers, we enable you to tailor your experience of MITA by both level and approach. You can search the entire program for a contextual list of any term’s mention, or all mentions of your favorite composer or musical device.
    • It’s Unlimited. MITA is explicitly a perpetual work-in-progress—just as we humans are. We are liberated by the circumstance that we are never finished. We will regularly supply new repertoire (rigorously selected, of course). We have a long suite of new features that we will continue to roll out. We will respond gratefully to your suggestions and corrections. Unlike print operations, we are nimble and flexible.
    • It’s Cheaper. Eliminating printing, storage, and distribution costs means that we can pass these substantial savings on to you. That also means…
    • It’s Greener! Together, we’ll save trees, ink, and oil.

MITA’s Layout

Fun to Read

An account of Handel's colorful life

An account of Handel's colorful life

An account of Handel's colorful life

Thorough

A view of the contents included in An Eventful Story's book 6, chronologically the last

A view of the contents included in An Eventful Story's book 6, chronologically the last

A view of the contents included in An Eventful Story's book 6, chronologically the last

Modern and Outward-Looking

Beginning of a chapter discussing the rise of popular music

Beginning of a chapter discussing the rise of popular music

Beginning of a chapter discussing the rise of popular music

Modern and Outward-Looking

Master performer Qin Xiao Ning demonstrates the sounds of the Chinese guzheng

Master performer Qin Xiao Ning demonstrates the sounds of the Chinese guzheng

Master performer Qin Xiao Ning demonstrates the sounds of the Chinese guzheng

Integrated

Buttons and text link to various sections of MITA

Buttons and text link to various sections of MITA. Clicking the "Play" button will start Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" from here within An Eventful Story

Buttons and text link to various sections of MITA. Clicking the "Play" button will start Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" from here within An Eventful Story

Sortable

An Eventful Story sorted by region

An Eventful Story sorted by region, with Austria/Germany selected

An Eventful Story sorted by region, with Austria/Germany selected

Smartly Illustrated

An enlarged image related to Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"

An enlarged image of one of the pictures that Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" aimed to express in music

An enlarged image of one of the pictures that Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" aimed to express in music

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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!).
  • Thorough. 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).
  • Modern and Outward-Looking. Alongside Western art music, explore popular music and a growing collection of global musics, the latter through intimate video encounters with gifted performers.
  • Integrated. 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.
  • Sortable Eight Different Ways. Find what you are looking for through the lens that most interests you, be it chronology, composer, work, style, genre, geography, and more.
  • Smartly Illustrated. Click on in-text thumbnails to view hundreds of full-screen images and take in the full captions.

LISTENING GUIDES: Prose accounts that link to sounding music and guide you through each piece

Highlights of Listening Guides

  • Interactive Design. Our bouncing blocks take you through each section of every piece. To hear any location (“Closing area,” for example), simply click on it, and voila.
  • World-Class Recordings. MITA teems with performances by world-class artists, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Takacs Quartet, from Joan Sutherland to Sir Georg Solti.
  • Vocal Texts Made Intelligible. For all vocal works, the Listening Guides include both the original language and a smart-sense English translation.
  • Depth. MITA includes an unrivaled set of over 150 Listening Guides that offer detailed background information and full commentary.
  • Layered Approach. Most Guides include two toggle-able levels: Level 1, assuming no prior musical training, and Level 2, challenging more advanced learners to connect what they hear to musical ideas and language they already know.

INTERACTIVE SCORES: Music notation brought to life

Highlights of Interactive Scores

  • Bouncing Blocks. As the music plays continuously, MITA’s trademark bouncing blocks guide novices and experts alike through each bar of more than a hundred scores.
  • Supercharged Introductions. Each score includes a detailed overview of what’s in it. Hold the shift key to start anywhere and stay on the page; click on any location to start playing instantly at that location in the score.
  • Insightful Annotations. Easily readable red text points out the most salient features on each page. Musical terms are linked to their Deep Glossary entries. Click “More” on the bottom of many pages to delve even deeper into what the music reveals.
  • Interactive Functionality. Click on any bar to hear the music from exactly that point: great for examining details or even practicing sight-singing.
  • Navigation Made Easy. 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).
  • Total Control. Want to just silently read or listen to a score on your own? Turn off the commentary and bouncing blocks with a single click and have at it.

DEEP GLOSSARY: A whole new approach

Highlights of the Deep Glossary

  • Multimedia Richness. Don’t just read definitions: hear them! In-text “Play” buttons illustrate written concepts. Hundreds of textual “pop-ups” describe exactly what you are hearing.
  • Helpful Ordering. 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”).
  • Dynamic Linking. Terms found in each definition are themselves linked to their own definitions (with an easy retrace), and works referenced are linked back to “An Eventful Story.”
  • “Deep” Means “Deep.” Many entries offer extended essays with further suggestions for “More Reading.”
  • Help with English, Too. Straightforward definitions for over 1000 challenging non-musical English words. Every word includes an audio pronunciation.

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