• 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

2014 - 2015 Enrollment

Enrollment continues throughout the year!

Please call (816) 836-1998 to schedule an enrollment interview.

Outstanding Faculty

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

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Ensembles and 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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Our Donors

Thank you generous donors.

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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


You Can Help

Your support ensures the tradition of excellence at Music/Arts will continue for years to come.

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Remembering McCoy Centennial Drive

Help us keep the doors of the McCoy school open for the next century of educational excellence by donating $100 or more to have your name or the name of someone you love listed on our commemorative plaque to be displayed in the main entrance of Music/Arts.

Can't afford $100? All donation levels are appreciated and help ensure our mission continues for the next century. Please use the "You Can Help" donation link above for non-plaque donations.

Remembering McCoy Plaque Donation
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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 Administrative staff continues to provide leadership for our future. Executive Director, Mark Lee brings a wealth of experience in music and management and Business Manager Sariah Pinick works tirelessly to manage our resources and ensure efficient operation of the school.

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

  • Scholarship Applications are available under the Forms section (which is located under More to Explore section at the top) of our website.  Please follow all instructions and return completed ...
  • Do you shop on Amazon? AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. You can help Music/Arts Institute. Amazon has a donation program. Here is information on how ...
  • A-Thon 2015 raised $1101.10 for Music/Arts Institute. All proceeds directly benefit the students and programs at MAI. There were 139 raffle tickets distributed with 49 students participating. ...
  • Calling all students to perform. It can be just you, a group, or even include family members! We will have continual performances from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 7. Students ...
  • The Young MAIsterSingers, Music/Arts' outstanding children's choir will perform the National Anthem at the Sprint Center on Friday, October 17. Come enjoy the children and stay for the game!
  • 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 ...

Upcoming Events

Sat Apr 25 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Festival MAI
Sun Apr 26 @ 7:00PM -
Young MAIsterSingers perform with Jacomo Chorale
Sun May 03 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Spring Fling
Thu May 07 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Scholes/Korchak Studio Recital
Fri May 08 @ 6:30PM -
Cottrell Recital
Sat May 09 @11:00AM -
Spring Honors Recital
Sat May 09 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Spring Honors Recital 2

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Music/Arts Institute
1010 S Pearl ST
Independence, MO 64050
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