MIM’s life enrichment programs tap into the powerful effects of music for people with dementia, such as stress reduction and stimulation of memories and emotions. MIM collaborates with different institutions throughout the Valley to host these programs, which feature guided gallery tours and music-making workshops for individuals with different stages of dementia and their caregivers.

MIM’s program is designed for a diverse audience of individuals with different stages of memory loss living in retirement communities, residential and memory care facilities, senior centers, and other sites with groups of 10 or more participants. Each session includes a 45-minute gallery tour led by a MIM museum guide and a 45-minute music-making workshop facilitated by a board-certified music therapist. Throughout each session, participants interact, share stories, and have a multisensory musical experience.

For more information, email or call 480.478.6031.

Supported by the Rusty and Mary Jane Poepl Foundation

Passport to Music

Passport to Music is a life enrichment program offered by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in partnership with MIM. Designed for persons with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partner, the program invites guests to experience a different region of the world each week through a guided tour in MIM’s galleries and music-making workshop. Sessions are held quarterly for five consecutive Fridays. To register and for more information, email or call 602.839.6850.

To watch the PBS feature on Passport to Music, click here.


Music and Memory Workshop

AARP’s AZ Music and Memory Workshop engages and stimulates individuals living with all forms of dementia and cognitive impairment through guided tours of MIM’s galleries and a participatory workshop. Musician Shannon Wallace leads the workshop, which incorporates music, movement, words, mathematics, geography, history, sound, rhythm, and color. Care partners are invited and encouraged to attend with their loved ones. View workshop dates here, or for more information, email