In this challenging and stimulating program, students develop competence in musicianship, and are exposed to a broad range of musical classes and literature while developing their performance skills.

Solfege/Sightsinging: One of the unique aspects of MIMA is its foundation in solfege, a system in sightsinging using syllables (do, re, mi, fa, etc.) using fixed-do solmization. Solfege has been the basics for European musical pedagogy since the early eleventh century. It is remarkably sophisticated method which ultimately allows a musician to read music notation without depending on an instrument and to better understand and internalize all aspects of music. At every level of our program (8 levels), solfege is combined with ear-training, theoretical studies, and rhythm exercises. For a young instrumentalist, the practical benefits are many: sightreading accuracy, improved sense of intonation, rhythmic confidence, expressive freedom, and experience performing musical works beyond the repertoire of his or her instrument. Because of this consistent and balanced approach to musicianship, most graduates of our program will be ready to be placed into advanced theory classes at conservatory schools.
Books used on this class:
-Dannhauser: Solfege of Solfege
-Robert Starer: Rhythmic Training
-Pozzoli: Solfegi Parlati e Cantati

College Harmony: The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them. This class will cover the techniques of writing four-part progressions using root position and inversions of the primary and secondary triads and the dominant and supertonic seventh; also, non-harmonic tones, melodic writing, and introduction modulation.
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Performance Awareness Class: This class enhances performance through awareness and it is intended for students to learn how not to struggle to do their best under extreme pressure, like instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and actors. This class is designed to help you fight performance anxiety and to make you aware of your strengths and weaknesses as a performer that keep you from performing your best when it matters most.

One proven strategy, Centering by Dr. Don Green, helps performers not only control their anxiety, but actually make it work for them. Rather than trying to suppress nervous energy with beta-blockers, Centering uses adrenaline to help create dynamic and inspiring performances and winning auditions. Don Greene’s books offer a revolutionary approach to train yourself to thrive under pressure.
-Don Greene, PHD: Audition Success: An Olympic Sports Psychologist Teaches Performing Artists How to Win
-Performance Success: Performing Your Best under Pressure
-Fight Your Fear and Win.

Masterclasses: In addition to MIMA’s weekly private masterclasses given by our Artist-Faculty, MIMA will regularly invite national and international guest artists to come and teach masterclasses to the seven students. For a list of artists, please check the Academic Calendar