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.


October 2 & 3, 2014 | Both times on Oct. 3 are sold out

The Yellowhouse Dancers are a talented group of performers hailing from the Navajo Nation. Led by founder and performer Lane Jensen, the group will share American Indian culture through song and dance. The modern-day hoop dance is symbolic of the endless cycles of life, and the dancers will depict symbolic forms of globes or different animals, such as eagles, snakes, butterflies, or coyotes, using dozens of small hoops accompanied by traditional instruments such as drums, flutes, rattles, and gourds.


November 4, 5, 6, 2014 | All dates and times are sold out

Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who as a duo go by the name Black Violin, are classically trained viola and violin players who are bridging the divide between popular and classical music. After working with several hip-hop artists, they returned to their roots by fusing the two genres in a way that is entirely their own. Black Violin encourages young fans to recognize their own potential using creative thinking and doing something that nobody has thought of before.


December 4 & 5, 2014  | 9:30 and 11:00  a.m. on Dec. 4 and 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 5 are sold out

Arizona-based Step’s Junk Funk, founded by Step Raptis, combines movement and music making using body percussion and found objects. Raptis uses items like PVC pipes, older plastics from 1980s garbage cans, fabrics, 55-gallon drums, teakettles, and cups, as well as more unexpected objects such as clipboards and loose-leaf binders—all put together for a unique visual and musical experience. For Raptis, “it is about finding aesthetic within junk.”


February 5 & 6, 2015 | Both times on Feb. 5 and 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 6 are sold out

Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre is back! Using African drumming, dancing, singing, and storytelling, Kawambe-Omowale takes audiences on an exploratory trip through the cultures and music of West Africa. The group fosters cultural awareness and diversity by showcasing traditional instruments, ethnic regalia, and indigenous dances of West Africa. Kawambe-Omowale has performed for audiences and instructed students throughout the American Southwest for more than twenty-five years. Members of the ensemble have studied the Mande cultures in Senegal and Gambia and have worked with master artists and musicians from Ghana and even Cuba.


April 23 & 24, 2015

Alpin Hong is a dynamic young pianist who is adept at playing diverse musical styles and has a flair for inspiring young people. Using popular music from movies, television, and even video games, Hong demonstrates how the use of rhythm, harmony, and melody can emotionally influence audiences. Each program engages the audience by drawing on musical examples known to each age group, ensuring a fun and enriching musical voyage.


April 30 & May 1, 2015

Back by popular demand, the award-winning artist/educator John Zeretzke takes students on a fantastic musical expedition of sight, sound, and knowledge with instruments from all over the world. Students will see and hear instruments including the Hungarian bagpipe, the North African bendir (frame drum), and various stringed instruments from around the globe! Students will enjoy tracing the musical evolution of instruments through thousands of years of global cultural exchange.