Over the last 12 years, MIMA has become a pioneer in the improvisation industry.
Starting in 2000, four Princeton University students launched a college social movement to bring university students together through improvised music. Current MIMA trustees Adam Nemett and Christoph A. Geiseler led the student group at Princeton.
In 2004 Christoph wrote his Princeton politics thesis about turning MIMA into a nonprofit organization. He incorporated MIMA Music, Inc. as a charity, enlisted his Princeton thesis advisors as business advisors and launched the first songwriting program in Trenton, NJ.
From 2004 to 2012 MIMA implemented its teaching method in 50 music programs for 1000 students in 20 cities in Asia, Europe, North America and South America, working together with institutions like the US State Department, Princeton University and the Google Foundation, and with the support of musicians like Gilberto Gil and Prince.
The MIMA Method includes interactive group musical exercises, leadership training based on musical improvisation, practical solutions for media producers and a repertoire of original songs and recordings.
In 2012 MIMA opened its first training academy in Brooklyn, NY, published its methodology and launched new programs in Africa. On September 1, 2012, Christoph A. Geiseler handed over the executive director position to Kevin Wenzel.