The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum ®


The Artist Residency Program at MIM brings professional musicians from around the world to provide unique educational opportunities for elementary, middle-, and high-school groups. The two hour experience includes an interactive theater performance and semi-guided museum tour starting at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m.

Call MIM’s School and Group Tour Coordinator at 480.245.6919 or e-mail to check availability and for reservations.

Space is limited; reservations are required.


Thursday & Friday, October 1 & 2, 2015

Simply Three is a critically acclaimed string trio bridging the gap between classical music traditions and today’s popular culture. The group’s innovative adaptations of popular music (from artists like Adele and Coldplay), as well as fiddle music, original compositions, and classical favorites, will captivate audiences of all ages and give young students a new appreciation for classical instruments.


Thursday & Friday, November 5 & 6, 2015
The 11:00 a.m. option on Thursday, November 5, 2015 is SOLD OUT.

Led by founder and performer Lane Jensen, the Yellowhouse Dancers share the songs and stories of their American Indian culture through the medium of dance. Dressed in stunning authentic regalia, performers, young and old, will dance to the beat of traditional instruments from the Southwest’s indigenous tribes. Following the performance, students will be invited to participate on stage and ask questions during the Q&A session. This visually spectacular program will impress audience members of all ages and introduce them to a part of local Southwest culture they may have been unfamiliar with.


Thursday & Friday, December 3 & 4, 2015

The 9:30 a.m. option on Thursday, December 3 is SOLD OUT. 

A celebrated flügelhornist, Dmitri Matheny has devoted most of his life to the study and performance of this iconic jazz instrument. Now, his mission is to share the magic of jazz with new audiences. At this program, audience participation is encouraged; along with hearing popular standards and original tunes, students will engage with instruments, explore elements of artistry such as composition and improvisation, and come away with greater insight into the world of jazz.


Thursday & Friday, February 4 & 5, 2016
The 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. options on Thursday, February 4, 2016 and the 9:30 a.m. option on Friday, February 5, 2016 are SOLD OUT.

Run Boy Run explores musical storytelling with its roots-inspired original and traditional music. Students will explore American history with this award-winning group through haunting a cappella songs, soulful spirituals, driving-train bluegrass, lively fiddle tunes, and original ballads. Students are encouraged to sing, laugh, and clap along with Run Boy Run as the musicians impart the joy of ensemble playing and Americana music. Along the way, the band members will introduce their instruments (fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, and bass), share their performing experiences, and explain the allure of traditional music to young artists.


Thursday & Friday, May 5 & 6, 2016

Under the direction of internationally renowned artist Nita Mallya, members of Sampradaya Dance of India, dressed in vibrant regalia, will perform the classical bharata-nātyam dance routines of southern India. Students can observe the grace of this ancient art form as dancers strike intricate poses to the sound of traditional instruments. This program will awe audience members young and old and leave them with an admiration for this spectacular artistic tradition.


Thursday & Friday, May 12 & 13, 2016

Performing everything from classical to jazz to modern music, Alpin Hong is a dynamic pianist with a special talent for inspiring young people. His program investigates the important role that music plays in popular movies, television shows, and video games by demonstrating how a composer’s use of rhythm, melody, and harmony emotionally influence audiences. Hong adapts the program to his audience by choosing musical examples familiar to each age group, ensuring relevancy and fun!