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THE ACADEMY - Program Overview



The Miami International Music Academy (MIMA) -The Academy- is an intense, highly individualized institution for piano that offers a thorough and comprehensive program of music instruction for talented young pianists who show the potential to pursue a professional career in music. MIMA aims to train exceptional young artists for competitions and entrance into leading music institutions at the College level.

The Academy accepts seven students selected from a highly competitive field on the basis of a performance audition, heard by the faculty. Acceptance is based on artistic and technical merit, as well as the number of available openings in the division. The students, chosen annually, have the opportunity to study with a distinguished artist-faculty that includes Kemal Gekic, Ivan Davis, Susan Starr, Tian Ying, Santiago Rodriguez, Roberta Rust, and Margarita Shevchenko, in addition to biweekly guest appearances by other international and local artists.

The distinguished artists come for a week at a time and give private master classes to the fortunate seven students. The students receive inspiration, opportunities and guidance in every aspect of their concert and artistic life. In addition they study theory, ear training, keyboard literature, and performance awareness classes. Thanks to the collaboration with Steinway Piano Gallery, the pre-college students are fortunate to play and work on the finest pianos ever made by Steinway & Sons.

Providing unmatched expertise and dedication to the finest service for music lovers, teachers, students, and the community at large, Steinway Piano Gallery Coral Gables is proud to represent Steinway & Sons throughout the greater Miami-Dade County. With its beautiful 6,000 square-foot showroom including a 90-seat performance space, Steinway Piano Gallery Coral Gables is home to the largest selection of Steinway in Southern Florida.

Generous funding and private sponsors have made the school's tuition entirely free.

Masterclass with Dr. Roberta Rust
Margarita Shevchenko teaching a masterclass
Studying the music score with Ivan Davis
Tian Ying teaching a masterclass
Kemal Gekic with The Academy students
The Academy students with Tian Ying and Adolfo Vidal

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