PHOENIX (May 20, 2013) The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) invites Arizona K‒12 educators to explore nearly 6,000 instruments and artifacts from every country in the world for free during the entire month of July. Current Arizona teachers, school and district administrators, registered student teachers, teacher’s aides and homeschool educators will be granted complimentary admission with a school- or district-issued ID, fingerprint clearance card or (for homeschool educators) an affidavit of intent.
More than 60,000 students and teachers have toured MIM since the inception of the school field-trip program in October 2010. All school-group tours align with Arizona’s educational standards and include additional curricula for teachers to use with their students pre- and post-visit. MIM currently offers five school-group tours and will be adding two new options in August. School tours vary by age-group, but each tour can be customized to fit a certain grade level or educational objective.
With substantial cuts to arts education programs in schools across Arizona, MIM offers educators a way to introduce students to the arts in a fun and engaging manner. MIM’s exhibits provide an array of learning opportunities for topics ranging from music and geography to social studies and even science.
“At MIM, we believe educators are both leaders in their communities and vital partners of the museum,” said education manager Carly Ofsthun. “When informal educational institutions such as MIM unite with formal educators, our mutual goal of a strong, informed community is greatly enhanced.”
Educators can take an in-depth look at MIM’s educational offerings for the 2013‒2014 school year during the museum’s Teachers’ Preview Days on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Programming will include information about field trips (both docent-led and self-guided tour options), pre- and post-visit curricula and Artist Residency Programs. The preview days will also feature a performance by the Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre, one of the 2013‒2014 Artists in Residence; light refreshments; the opportunity to tour MIM’s galleries; and a preview of MIM’s two new school-tour options.
To register, visit http://s.zoomerang.com/s/mim2013teacher_preview_days. Seating for the Educator Preview Days is limited, so register early.
Educators who sign up for MIM’s electronic newsletter “The Beat” in July will have their names entered into a drawing to win a prize from the Museum Store. Additionally, educators will receive a 10 percent discount on non-sale books and gifts at the Museum Store throughout the month.
For more information about MIM and its educational offerings, visit MIM.org.
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MIM celebrates music as a sustaining human gift and enriches world culture by collecting, preserving and exhibiting a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.
Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager, MIM