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Families Invited to Enjoy “All Things Stringed” Saturday, March 22 at MIM Family Day: “Stringed Break”

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is celebrating spring break with a string-themed day of family fun on Saturday, March 22.

PHOENIX (March 18, 2014) − Family Day: “String Break” activities include creating your own stringed instrument from everyday materials, performances by a string quartet from the Arizona School for the Arts, musical story time and the chance to play stringed instruments from around the world. In addition, students from Phoenix’s Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery will demonstrate how they make guitars. “String Break” activities are included with museum admission.

General Admission: $18
Teens (ages 13‒19): $14
Children (ages 4‒12): $10
Children 3 and under: Free

Saturday museum hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For additional information, visit or call 480.478.6000.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Vote for Your Favorite Strings
Using a guide, find some of MIM’s most interesting stringed instruments and vote for your favorites.
Best for ages 6‒12

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
String It: Instrument Craft
South El Río
Make your own stringed instrument, which you can take to Musical Story Time and play along.
For all ages

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Instrument Spotlights
Check out some fun stringed instruments in the following museum locations.
United States / Canada Gallery: Zithers
Alcove 2: Burmese Harp
Africa Portal: Hunters’ Harp
Artist Gallery: Ukulele
For all ages

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery Student Showcase
Main Courtyard
Watch students from Phoenix’s Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery work on their guitars and learn about handmade guitar construction.
For all ages

10:00 and 11:00 a.m.; 12:15, 1:15 and 2:45 p.m.
Musical Story Time
Alcove 3
Listen to the sweet story (and music) of a violin-playing mole. Young musicians will be encouraged to “play” along with their instrument made in the “Instrument Craft” session or with their own imaginary violin.
Best for ages 2–5

11:30 a.m.–noon and 1:30–2:00 p.m.
Museum Encounter: ASA String Quartet
Join the ASA String Quartet, a group of talented students in grades 10‒12 from the Arizona School for the Arts, and listen as they perform a selection of classical string melodies.
For all ages

Noon–4:00 p.m.
Survey Raffle
Take a moment to provide feedback that will be used to plan future MIM family events and enter to win four passes for a return trip to MIM. Raffle drawing at 4:00 p.m. Guests need not be present to win.

2:30–3:00 p.m.
Museum Encounter: Brett Phillips and the Electric Guitar
Alcove 1
Enjoy the musical expertise of Brett Phillips on the electric guitar. A graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, Phillips will also share his knowledge of design for acoustic and electric instruments. This program is presented in partnership with Desert Ridge Music Academy.


Media Contact
Rebecca Heller, Media Relations Associate, MIM
Office: 480.245.6937