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PHOENIX: June 12, 2014 Download this press release >

Free Admission for Educators in July

Educator Appreciation Month Introduces Arizona Teachers and Administrators to MIM

PHOENIX (June 12, 2014) Arizona educators can enjoy summer break at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix during its third annual Educator Appreciation Month, when all K–12 Arizona teachers and administrators can visit the museum for free. More than 100,000 students have toured MIM since its school field-trip program began in October 2010, making it an important destination for Arizona educators to visit.

Current Arizona teachers, school and district administrators, registered student teachers, teacher’s aides and homeschool educators need to present a school- or district-issued ID, fingerprint clearance card or (for homeschool educators) an affidavit of intent to receive free admission, store discounts and access to special events where they can learn about the educational resources MIM has to offer.

“MIM hopes to inspire students and demonstrate that music can be enjoyed and appreciated across cultural contexts,” said education manager Carly Ofsthun. “By forging strong partnerships with educators, we can provide in-depth and lasting experiences that complement the learning that happens in the classroom.”

MIM offers seven highly customizable field-trip options that align with Arizona state and College and Career Readiness standards in English language arts, museum education, physical education, science and social studies. Through this program, MIM gives educators a way to introduce students to the arts in a fun and engaging manner.

In preparation for the coming school year, MIM will host two Teachers’ Preview Days on July 19 and July 27. During these days, educators will be able to connect with colleagues over light refreshments as well as:

    • Take a sneak peek at MIM’s newest school tour option
    • Explore MIM’s science curriculum
    • Learn about Common Core and Arizona State Standards curricula for use with students
    • Receive information about grant opportunities
    • Artist-in-residence band Step’s Junk Funk will perform on both days, merging the art of percussion and movement by using their bodies and found or recycled objects.

Educators visiting during Teachers’ Preview Days can win prizes, including concert tickets, MIM gift cards, dinner at local restaurants, classrooms supplies and more. Advanced registration for the Teachers’ Preview Days is required and can be completed online.

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 general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit or call 480.478.6000


About MIM
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.

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Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager, MIM