The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum ®



Designed by MIM Education
Tool Kits I–III are designed to prepare students in grades 3–12 for a Compass Guided Tour and to extend the learning following their field trip to MIM. Follow a strand (elementary, middle school, or high school) through each of the tool kits and find suggested discussion questions, domain-specific vocabulary, and writing prompts. Each set of resources focuses on a geographical area, ancient culture, or instrument type that exemplifies the concepts of cultural diffusion and musical archaeology. By honing their research skills, using primary source readings, looking at photographs, and learning about objects in MIM’s collections, students will begin to understand how musical instruments and musical ideas are shared, traded, 
and built upon as people around the world encounter each other.
Download “Compass Tour: Create a Global Classroom” curriculum and supporting materials (zip 4.8mb)

curriculum-aerophones“AEROPHONES: PIPE DOWN!”

Designed by Ann Hammersly
This cycle of lessons explores the relationship between the physical characteristics of an aerophone (wind or pipe instrument) and its pitch—or the sound it makes. This lesson can be presented in three parts. Before a visit to MIM, present the exploration lesson (Part 1: Bottle Music). This can be augmented with the PowerPoint presentation, MSSCWhich Pitch_ppt, available on MIM’s website. The concept-development lesson (Part 2: Handy Music) can be presented either before or after the field trip. Optional activities include making an aerophone (Part 3: Making Raft Flutes).
Download “Aerophones: Pipe Down!” curriculum and supporting materials (zip 7.7mb)




curriculum-amplification“AMPLIFICATION: TURN UP THE VOLUME!”

Designed by Ann Hammersly and Dr. Rebecca A. Cairo
This lesson explores the amplification of sound waves by diverse musical instruments. In Part 1, which is suggested for use before the field trip to MIM, students learn about the concept of amplification. They have an opportunity to create a sound resonator using classroom materials. In Part 2, a PowerPoint presentation is available that allows educators to prepare high-school physics students to identify amplifiers (mechanical, acoustical, and electrical) in instruments of the world on exhibit at MIM. Students are instructed to look specifically for ways that instruments are constructed to amplify sound. After visiting MIM, in Part 3, students are introduced to the concept of electromagnetism as a means of amplification.
Download “Amplification: Turn Up the Volume!” curriculum and supporting materials (zip 16.1mb)

curriculum-balalaika“THE BALALAIKA: A RUSSIAN ICON”

Designed by Nancy Kullos and Dr. Rebecca A. Cairo
Students will identify the iconic Russian folk instrument, the balalaika. While focusing on the balalaika, students will identify one example of how musical instruments can be seen in relation to history and culture. Students will listen with sustained attention to three musical ensemble performances of a Russian folk song, “The Birch Tree.” They will identify, describe, and analyze the characteristics of each performance that evoke a temperament or mood in a piece of music.
Download “The Balalaika: A Russian Icon” curriculum and supporting materials (zip 6.3mb)






Designed by Dr. Rebecca A. Cairo

This three-part social studies lesson, designed for middle and/or high school students, aims to enrich and enhance the educational field trip “A World of Musical Journeys” at MIM. This tour includes opportunities to view in-depth exhibits of several countries including Peru, found in the Latin America Gallery. This lesson specifically focuses on the musical culture of the Aymara people of Peru’s Altiplano region—a small part of the Andean highlands. This lesson is also suitable for middle-school or secondary students in dance studies.
Download “Peru: A Place of Historic Interaction” curriculum and supporting materials (zip 3.5mb)