The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum ®

YOUTH GROUP TOUR OPTIONS

SELF-GUIDED FIELD TRIP

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Best for Ages 5–18
Curricular Areas: Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, Music, Geography
With the help of MIM’s online educator resources, group leaders lead their children through the museum. Children learn about the world’s people, places, and musical traditions at their own pace. The Artist Gallery is a must-see for children to hear instruments and music played by their favorite pop-culture icons, such as Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.
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FIELD TRIPS BEST FOR AGES 3–8:

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Best for Ages 3–5
Curricular Areas: English Language Arts

By enjoying video clips of musicians and ensembles, looking at instruments on display, and using touchable materials, prekindergarten children begin to understand how musical instruments are made and played. With the guidance of a museum guide, everyone will dance, play, and make music!
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education-musicalinstrumentsandanimalartofasiaMusical Instruments and Animal Art of Asia

Best for Ages 5–8
Curricular Areas: English Language Arts, Social Studies
A museum guide helps children build their knowledge of Asian material culture and use their “detective eyes” to compare textures, colors, shapes, and how musical instruments make sounds. Children make rhythms together in a drumming circle, visit the hands-on Experience Gallery, and play their part in a musical story based on a folktale from Southeast Asia.
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“Musical Instruments and Animal Art of Asia”
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GUIDED AND SEMI-GUIDED FIELD TRIPS:

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Best for Ages 5–18
Curricular Areas: Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, Music, Geography

This exciting “trip around the world” demonstrates how musical instruments and musical ideas are shared, traded, and built upon as people and cultures encounter each other. Children explore all five of MIM’s major Geographic Galleries as well as the hands-on Experience Gallery, encountering diverse sights and sounds, such as an Indonesian gong workshop or a graffiti-laden hip-hop display.
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Compass Tour: Create a Global Classroom
Educator Resources
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education-discoveryDiscovery

Best for Ages 5–18
Curricular Areas: Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, Music, Geography

Children select the displays they want to explore in MIM’s five major Geographic Galleries and in the hands-on Experience Gallery. Using an optional, printable scavenger-hunt worksheet, children work in small “discovery teams” to observe and discuss musical instruments and traditions from around the world.
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Discovery Tour Worksheet
Educator Resources
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Best for Ages 5–18
Curricular Areas: Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, Music, Geography

This field trip is full of hands-on opportunities throughout the galleries in addition to music-making opportunities in the Experience Gallery! Themes shared within MIM’s five major Geographic Galleries are brought to life at cart stations with touchable objects such as instruments, regalia, or other materials.
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Educator Resources
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education-experienceafricaExperience Africa

Best for Ages 9–12
Curricular Areas: Physical Education, English Language Arts, Social Studies
A journey across the African continent exposes children to a variety of traditional instruments: drums, xylophones, slit drums, stringed instruments, and more. Children participate in a West African drumming workshop and put on their dancing boots for a South African gumboot dancing activity! Cost: $10 per child and $10 per group leader above the 1:5 ratio.
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Elementary School Curriculum
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Best for Ages 9–14
Curricular Areas: Science, Math, English Language Arts

Children explore the physics of sound production and how musical instruments can be classified. Children look inside a piano and observe MIM’s giant octobasse, which plays notes that are not audible to human ears! Participating in a drum circle and playing instruments in the Experience Gallery, such as the electronic theremin, help reinforce concepts of vibration and sound waves.
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“STEM + Music”
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education-exploringensemblesbandsandorchestrasExploring Ensembles: Bands and Orchestras

Best for Ages 12–18
Curricular Areas: Music, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Geography

In all five of MIM’s major Geographic Galleries, children explore the origins, adaptations, and parallelisms of orchestra and band ensembles from a global point of view. Children can examine the world’s first complete 3-D-printed miniature symphony orchestra. They also learn the beginnings of instrument types such as clarinets, valved horns and trumpets, kettledrums, and bowed lutes.
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Middle and High School Curriculum
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