PHOENIX (Jan. 7, 2013) This February, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will debut Mini Music Makers, an early childhood music and movement program. Children and caregivers will participate in weekly classes together, providing an opportunity to introduce youngsters to the wonderful world of music making, while also developing motor, pre-language and musical skills.
MIM’s Mini Music Makers series aims to enrich children’s lives by providing a safe, interactive and engaging environment to explore music from around the world. Each class is structured around developmentally appropriate activities for children to interact with music. By exploring music through song, dance and basic instruments, children develop musical and social skills. Early childhood music programs are also proven to foster physical, emotional and cognitive growth.
“Mini Music Makers will be the first education program at MIM specifically designed for young children ranging from newborn to 5 years old,” said Carly Shaw, education manager at MIM. “We are excited to offer this unique chance for parents and caregivers to expose their children to the many benefits achieved through music education.”
The first four-week session, which will focus on the sights and sounds of jazz music, debuts on Monday, February 4 with subsequent classes on February 11, 18 and 25. Class times vary by the age of the participating child:
The cost to participate is $12 per child per class or $40 for the four-week series. Museum admission may be purchased separately. Advanced registration is recommended as each age group will be capped at 12 participants. For questions or to register, please email education@MIM.org. Additional Mini Music Makers sessions will be added throughout the year based on demand.
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, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.
MIM enriches the world community by collecting, preserving and making accessible high-quality musical instruments, images and music from every country in the world. We celebrate our world’s diverse musical cultures and foster global understanding by offering our guests an incomparable interactive experience, a welcome and fun environment, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances.
Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager