• Determination
  • Stress Management
  • Poise
  • Self-Esteem
  • Confidence
  • Accomplishment
  • Experience
  • Teamwork

The Music/Arts Advantage

Study at Music/Arts involves much more than a weekly lesson. Students have access to recitals, master classes, fesitvals and ensembles and benefit from MAI's reputation as a regional leader in arts education excellence.

Study at Music/Arts involves much more than a weekly lesson. Students have access to recitals, master classes, fesitvals and ensembles and benefit from MAI's reputation as a regional leader in arts education excellence.

Music/Arts Institute

The Millicent A. Daugherty Community School of the Arts

Outstanding Faculty

Our instructors are professional performers and highly-qualified educators who teach only their primary instruments.

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Ensembles & More

MAI offers professional-level children's choir, ethnic drum ensemble and harp ensemble in addition to music theory, beginning rhythm and vocal coaching programs.

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What Our Students Say

  • "The people here have helped me grow into a real musician, and I know they'll help me grow even more!"
    Malia, piano

  • "When I'm at MAI, if fills me with joy...I can't wait to come here every week."
    Theresa, voice

  • "I feel extremely blessed to be a part of MAI and the safe environment it provides to express myself freely. I never dreamed I would ever play the harp..."
    Sophia, voice & harp

  • "I just feel happy every time I come here."
    Brian, voice

  • "I can be myself, I can express myself through music like I never thought I would. MAI is home!"
    Katti, violin

Monthly Musings


August is an exciting time for us at Music/Arts! The new school year is just around the corner and we're gearing up for the annual enrollment period August 18 - 29. Enrollment is by appointment, so call to set up your time during the week of August 11.

Be sure to check out the ensemble offerings listed on this site and consider not only enrolling in private lessons but also one of our outstanding ensembles.

35th Anniversary Gala and McCoy Centennial

ImageMusic/Arts will celebrate its 35th Anniversary along with a centennial celbration of our building, the former McCoy Elementary School. Join us Friday, October 10, 6pm at the Rhapsody in Independence as alumnus Ryan MacPherson returns to celebrate with an evening of great music, great food and great fun. Then take in the Centennial celebration the next day, Saturday, October 11, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm with an open house, alumni choir performance, refreshments and more. Saturday is free and open to the public. Our location is 1010 S Pearl St., Independence, MO 64050.

President's Welcome

These are exciting times for Music Arts Institute - The Millicent A. Daugherty School of the Arts.

We continue to feel the spirit of Millicent and all those who have worked hard in the past to build better lives for our students through quality instruction in the arts. And we carry that legacy forward.

As we turn the page on the future we are set to expand and grow those opportunities. Our Executive Director, Mark Lee brings a wealth of experience in music and management and Chairman of the Board James Lyen has the visionary and business background to keep our eyes on the future. Program Director Jon Donald continues to develop classes, programs and events to benefit Music/Arts creatively and financially.

On behalf of our instructors and our board of directors, I welcome you to a wonderful place...the music filled halls of Music Arts Institute.

Dick Wilson,
Board President

News of Note

  • McCoy Elementary opened in 1914 in Independence, MO. Music/Arts Institute now occupies this building and we are hosting an Open House to celebrate the 100 years of this historic building. Join us ...
  • Join us for an evening celebrating 35 years of Music/Arts Institute. Ryan MacPherson (MAI alumnus of Millicent Daugherty) is one of the most in-demand young tenors of this generation. He will ...
  • Artist Keith Kavanaugh creates new work to benefit Music/Arts Institute Keith created a spectacular "painting" using beeswax during KC Live's Art Attack segment on Friday, February 28 which will be ...
  • Music/Arts was recently featured in the Examiner newspaper! Thanks goes to Frank Haight for his continued support of the Eastern Jackson County area and for his interest in the approaching ...
  • As Music/Arts Institute celebrates 35 years it continues its tradition of Excellence in The Arts. On February 22, 2014 you have the opportunity to hear many of the students once again. They will ...
  • Save the Date Saturday, October 11, 2014 Join us in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the McCoy Elementary Schoo, the current home of MAI. Festivities will include: building tours ...
  • Thank you David Sampson for organizing and implementing your Eagle Scout Project at Music/Arts Institute. David Sampson and Scout Troop 446 repaired deteriorating plaster in Rooms 7 and 8 as part of ...

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