The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum ®


The Artist Residency Program at MIM brings professional musicians from around the world to provide unique educational opportunities for elementary, middle-, and high-school groups. The two hour experience includes an interactive theater performance and semi-guided museum tour starting at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m.

Call MIM’s School and Group Tour Coordinator at 480.245.6919 or e-mail to check availability and for reservations.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

artistresidency-johnzeretzkeJohn Zeretzke

Thursday & Friday, October 6 & 7, 2016
Award-winning artist/educator John Zeretzke takes you on a fantastic musical voyage of sight, sound, and knowledge with musical instruments from around the world. Audiences will see and hear 20–30 instruments from diverse countries, including the Hungarian bagpipe, North African bendir (a frame drum), and 5-string Steinberger computerized/electric violin! In this program, Zeretzke traces the musical evolution of these instruments through thousands of years of history.

artistresidency-estrellaconsortEstrella Consort

Thursday & Friday, November 3 & 4, 2016
The Estrella Consort is a saxophone quartet committed to the performance of exciting works, both old and new. Equally comfortable in popular and modernist styles, the Estrella Consort has found a way to blend musical styles together to captivate and enthrall audiences. Being open to all genres, the Estrella Consort exposes audiences to the many facets of the saxophone and surprises with innovative sounds and techniques that its listeners have not heard before.

artistresidency-thenashThe Nash – Big Ideas in Jazz

Thursday & Friday, December 1 & 2, 2016
The Nash / Jazz in AZ celebrates the rich tradition and ongoing innovation of jazz by presenting engaging live performances, providing unique educational programs, and building a vibrant jazz community in the greater Phoenix area and beyond. Join a quartet of jazz musicians as they perform music that highlights big ideas from the first one hundred years of jazz history and offer a discussion of styles, time periods, American culture, and approaches to improvisation.
Photo courtesy of Bill Goodman

artistresidency-azoperaAZ Opera – OperaTunity

Thursday & Friday, February 9 & 10, 2017
The Arizona Opera and MIM come together to engage students in the world of opera by providing an introduction to listening and appreciating this timeless genre. AZ Opera vocalists will showcase the most universal musical instrument—the human voice—with selections from the current season. Using cultural idioms and operatic musical concepts, this performance will draw direct connections to the instruments on display in MIM’s unique galleries.


artistresidency-desertridgeDesert Ridge Music Academy

Thursday & Friday, February 23 & 24, 2017
Music is everywhere and forms part of every culture on earth. Join talented local musicians for an exploration of the amazing variety of music available in our everyday lives. From the human voice to trash cans and synthesizers, people use sounds to express themselves through the language of music. Students will also see how all instruments started as an idea that led to major innovation.

artistresidency-alpinhongAlpin Hong

Thursday & Friday, May 4 & 5, 2017
Alpin Hong is a dynamic and vibrant pianist playing classical, jazz, and modern music with a special talent for inspiring young people. His program investigates how popular movies, television, and video game music affect listeners by demonstrating how a composer’s use of rhythm, harmony, and melody emotionally influences audiences. Hong adapts the program to his audience by choosing musical examples known to each age group, ensuring relevancy and fun!