Free admission, opportunities, and resources available to educators in July
Throughout the month of July, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is thanking teachers for their dedication to Arizona students during its Educator Appreciation Month. From July 1 to 31, prekindergarten through 12th-grade educators, administrators, principals, registered student teachers, and homeschool educators with a school ID, fingerprint clearance card, or affidavit of intent are welcome to explore MIM for free and discover how to incorporate a MIM field trip into their curriculum.
New this year, educators can participate in a free teacher’s workshop on Saturday, July 8, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., as part of Experience France, a family-friendly weekend program celebrating French music and culture. Teachers can practice how to leverage a museum space such as MIM to support English Language Arts and Social Studies standards. The workshop will introduce participants to new and fun ways to spark discussion among students, using maps, musical objects, video clips, and timelines throughout MIM’s galleries. After the workshop, teachers can receive a certificate for professional development hours and enjoy the cultural activities during Experience France.
On Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., MIM will host Teachers’ Preview Day, which is also free to educators. The event features a welcome program, a live musical performance, professional development modules, supportive educator resources, prize drawings, and more. Participants are encouraged to preregister to attend. Bring a colleague and each of you will receive an additional prize drawing entry!
Throughout MIM’s galleries, displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that create an engaging experience for students as they explore the world through music. Field trips, which include both guided and self-guided options, align with Arizona’s K–12 academic standards in English language arts, math, social studies, science, music, physical education, and visual arts. Last year, MIM saw nearly fifty-eight thousand field-trip participants come through its doors.
During Educator Appreciation Month, the Museum Store and Café Allegro will offer a 10 percent discount to educators who present a valid ID before completing their purchase. Some exceptions apply to purchases.
“We know that MIM has so much to offer students and teachers,” says Daniel Allen, education specialist at MIM. “Educator Appreciation Month and Preview Day are wonderful opportunities to reach teachers who are both new to and familiar with MIM.”
About MIM: The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances. MIM fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how we innovate, adapt, and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.