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M.I.T.A. is an international institution that teaches a highly effective method of musical composition for Television, Feature film and performance music. The composer who uses these techniques won’t run into writer’s block, will find great ideas quickly, and develop themes with unique harmonies. It’s fun and less time-consuming. These devices work with all genres of music, so it really is universal in its application.

This is not a beginner course. If you don’t have a fundamental knowledge of harmony theory and if you can’t read music on paper, M.I.T.A. might not be the right choice for you (yet). Also, please have a look at our requirements (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Although it helps, you don’t have to hold a degree in music or composition to start the course. Just make sure you fulfill the requirements and don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can find all information about costs and fees for the course right here at the bottom of the page.

Our philosophy is about building relationships with our students and among the community. It is about having a continuous dialogue between people who are reaching for the same goal – and also about getting instant feedback and response. A pure online course would degrade the opportunities M.I.T.A. has to offer and it would also push each student into separation along with his individual skills, dreams and questions.

The usual way is to do one lesson a week which will get you through the course in about 1.5 years. But take into account that you have to submit homework and application regularly. Many students choose to take a lesson every two weeks so they have enough time to get familiar with the concepts and devices.

Most of the professional notation programs on the market offer export options for Sibelius file format. In order to study at M.I.T.A. you have to deliver your work in Sibelius file format as all of our teachers use this program.

Most of the concepts and devices taught at M.I.T.A. allow you to dig pretty deep as they apply to all musical styles and genres. The homework/applications will keep you busy for approximately 5-8 hours for each lesson. In addition to that, we advise you to schedule some time where you simply “fool around” with the concepts as this is the best way to get them under your fingers.

Absolutely! M.I.T.A. is not only about composing and creating new music but also about how to arrange and edit existing music. Nowadays arrangers and orchestrators have to do quite a bit of writing anyway. M.I.T.A. also teaches you how to write fresh arrangements quickly and how to turn sketches into full orchestral scores.

M.I.T.A. prepares you to become a successful composer/arranger/orchestrator from the very first lesson on. The whole course has been developed upon decades of experience in working in the industry.

Of course learning is an ongoing process, with no real end to it. But if you enter the game, you need to know some basic rules in order to minimize your own risks (on different levels). M.I.T. frees your writing and teaches you how to be original and unique in a world where you have to compete with millions!

Yes. You also can take lessons every two weeks or even three weeks. Take into account though that you are NOT doing yourself a favor if there’s too much time between your lessons as your brain won’t have the opportunity to get familiar with the concepts naturally.

The main goal is not to learn devices and techniques by heart but to train your mind how to think! Everything in music theory is connected (in a more or less obvious way), as you will discover over time. Once you really understood a technique, your mind automatically spreads out into all directions and searches for connection points to other devices. By the way, this is true for everything you learn.

Yes, you don’t have to have great piano chops to start studying at M.I.T.A.! You have to be able to read music, though.

You have to schedule lessons via Skype with your teacher. Before each lesson, your teacher provides you with all materials (PDF and MP3 files). During the lessons you both go through the materials together while the teacher will be giving explanations, background information and answering your questions.

Before getting the next lesson you are supposed to submit your homework/application to your teacher. He gives you feedback and corrections.

Since this is not a beginner course, some requirements have to be fulfilled. This is true for your musical background but also for the technical side of things.

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