Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person professional development sessions are cancelled until further notice. We invite you to attend a virtual professional development session via Zoom.

For Classroom Teachers, Music and Homeschool Educators, and Curriculum Specialists

MIM offers free professional development sessions for prekindergarten through high school classroom teachers, arts and homeschool educators, and curriculum specialists. Space is limited. Click here to register and ensure receipt of a resource packet and a certificate for tracking professional development hours. On the day of each session, teachers receive free admission to the museum to explore and continue developing lesson plan ideas.

Seating is limited for these sessions. If you have to cancel your registration, please do so at least two weeks beforehand, so your spot can be made available to another educator. To cancel your registration, call 480.245.6962 or email

Object-Based Learning: Making Music Tangible

Grades Pre-K–2 (early childhood):
Saturday, January 30, 2021  |  1:00–2:30 p.m.

Grades 3–12:
Saturday, February 13, 2021  |  10:00–11:30 a.m.

Whether students are learning in the classroom or at home, object-based learning provides opportunities for educators to implement project-based lessons and for students to create, problem solve, and discover. Crafting musical objects out of everyday materials builds a rich, arts-integrated learning environment. Join Katherine Palmer, MIM’s curator of education, to learn how to make music tangible through instrument building and the various connections to interdisciplinary standards. This session is offered virtually via Zoom.

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It was wonderful to have a class that was for preschool. Nothing has to be adapted. I can go into class on Monday and use the techniques!

—Build Early Skills through Music Participant

The PD was well balanced. Lecture, hands-on activities, guided tour and exploration. I came away feeling confident that I can make a field trip very worth the students’ STEM education.

—STEM Participant

It is very important to provide positive global awareness in the classroom and to teach about diversity.

—Create a Global Classroom Participant