• 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.

Outstanding Faculty

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

Read More

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.

Read More

You Can Help

Your support ensures the tradition of excellence that has lived at Music/Arts for more than three decades will continue for years to come.

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

April

The month of April is full of musical opportunities, from All-District and All-State solo and ensemble competitions, to the final performances of another school year. At Music/Arts we are busy preparing our students to meet their school obligations and are putting the finshing touches on our own Ensembles Showcase, Sunday, May 4.

We are also looking ahead to October 10 and 11. MAI is pleased to announce that international opera star and alumnus (student of Millicent Daugherty) Ryan MacPherson will join us as the featured artist for our annual Gala, Friday night, October 10. It promises to be a night to remember! The following day, we celebrate our building (the former McCoy Elementary School) serving education for 100 years with a centennial open house, alumni choir performance directed by UMKC Emeritus Professor Dr. Eph Ehly and much more.

Contact the office (816) 836-1998 for more information on these events and continue to watch this site for information as it becomes available.

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

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • All faculty members were invited to recommend students for inclusion in the Fall Honors Recital. The following students were selected to perform, Saturday, November 16, 2013. These students ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

Upcoming Events

APRIL 2014
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
No Image
12:00 AM
Spring Break week at Music/Arts
Date :  Tuesday, April 01, 2014
2
No Image
12:00 AM
Spring Break week at Music/Arts
Date :  Wednesday, April 02, 2014
3
No Image
12:00 AM
Spring Break week at Music/Arts
Date :  Thursday, April 03, 2014
4
No Image
12:00 AM
Spring Break week at Music/Arts
Date :  Friday, April 04, 2014
5
No Image
12:00 AM
Spring Break week at Music/Arts
Date :  Saturday, April 05, 2014
6
No Image
12:00 AM
Spring Break week at Music/Arts
Date :  Sunday, April 06, 2014
7
8
9
10
11
07:00 PM
Independence
Music/Arts Institute
Sariah Pinick Voice Studio Recital
Date :  Friday, April 11, 2014
12
03:00 PM
Independence
Music/Arts Institute
Jon Donald Percussion Studio Recital
Date :  Saturday, April 12, 2014
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
08:00 AM
Independence
Music/Arts Institute
This is an all day event. Annual adjudicated festival for all Music/Arts students.
Date :  Saturday, April 26, 2014
27
28
29
30

Stay Connected with Our Email Newsletter

Contact Us

Music/Arts Institute
1010 S Pearl ST
Independence, MO 64050
  (816) 836-1998
 Email Contact Form