How many rooms are in the museum and how long does it take to tour the museum?
The ground level includes the Artist Gallery, the Experience Gallery, the Mechanical Music Gallery, and the Target Gallery. The upper level Geographical Galleries present instruments by regions of the world. An average visit to the museum lasts 3-4 hours. You can learn more about our collections at MIM.org.
How does culture influence various music types? How are instruments from different cultures different than ours?
As you can see throughout our galleries, music sounds different around the world. That’s because people are inspired and influenced by their surroundings and music is just one form of expression of an identity. However, as people move around the world and encounter each other, through things like migration, trade, war, and tourism, they trade influences and musical ideas. So, there are groups of instruments and musical influences that you can trace throughout the museum.
What country does the gong come from?
The knobbed gongs, like the large one in the Experience Gallery, are found throughout Southeast Asia.
When was the first guitar made?
Some of the earliest guitars known are from the 1400s. On display in the Orientation Gallery is a guitarra espanola made around 1590!
How does the year the instrument was made affect the quality of the sound?
Simply put, there isn’t always a relationship between quality of sound and how old an instrument is. It also sometimes depends on the player’s preference. For example, some violinists prefer the sound of violins made in the 1500s over ones made today. Whereas others prefer violins made by contemporary makers.
What do you think would happen if you combined all the self-playing instruments?
I think it would be a really fun experiment to see how many different instruments you could combine in one mechanical musical instrument, like a Nickelodeon or a Dance Organ. The purpose of those instruments is to recreate the sound of an entire band or ensemble of musicians, but in a single musical instrument. You could also do some research by viewing some of the different music boxes and dance organs that MIM has on display, as part of a loan from the Musical Box Society International in the Mechanical Music Gallery. MIM’s YouTube page includes videos of many of these objects in a playlist called “From the Collection: Mechanical Music."
With such rare instruments, how do you find people that know how to play them?
Throughout the museum, there are video clips of musical instruments being played, in their original cultural context. When video clips and photography were being gathered for the displays, consultants worked within communities around the world to find fantastic musicians and talented musical instrument makers. We also have a team of curators with special expertise in various parts of the world.
Who invented the drums? How old is the oldest instrument on display?
What type of wood is used to make some of the instruments?
There are too many to list! Each musical instrument in the museum has a small label nearby. On every label in the museum, there is a short list of the materials that make up that instrument.
Would you come to a school and speak about STEM in music?
We have an entire curriculum set associated with our STEM + Music school programs. It’s free for educators and available on our website. Educators can use a curriculum guide to learn background information related to sound production and classification of musical instruments, there is a slideshow they can use in the classroom, and there are additional resources for learning more listed at the end of the curriculum guide. The curriculum set also includes classroom activities that dovetail with a STEM + Music field trip to the museum.
Have you ever made or built your own instrument using your background in STEM?
I haven’t personally, but there are a lot of easy musical instrument projects that can get you started making your own instruments. Recycled materials, like bottles, cans, and rubber bands, are a great place to start.
Why is the MIM located in Arizona?
Greater Phoenix is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, with a vibrant and culturally diverse population. Its resorts attract many conventions and holiday travelers who seek world‐class attractions such as MIM. Drawn by the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders of the Southwest, many international visitors travel through the user-friendly Phoenix airport.
· Have students think about how much water they send down a drain during the day (washing dishes, washing your hands, doing laundry, flushing toilets, water fountains, showers, etc.) and ask if anyone knows where that water goes or what happens to it
· Have students come up with an agreed upon definition of wastewater and then have them list as many examples as they can
· Why is it important to manage wastewater?
· What is the purpose of the dam PCL is building?
· What does Lourdes do as a project engineer?
· What gets Lourdes and Jared excited about their work at PCL? (Were their things they said directly and things they alluded to?)
· Take a look through photos of dozens of PCL Construction’s projects here.
· If you go through PCL’s website, you’ll see they not only work with ways to house large amounts of water, but also engineer and construct bridges and large buildings. How do we build these humongous structures that support so much weight? Learn about one of the main components of building construction here: the I-beam.· Learn how wastewater treatment plants work with this handy pamphlet.
The mine we are featuring is from Morenci, Arizona. You can see Morenci on this map.
This is a link to our archived recording for that webinar: