A couple of years ago, the Musical Instrument Museum opened less than 1/2 hour from our house. We were always meaning to go but before we knew it, two years had passed and we hadn’t made it yet. How does that happen?
Saturday was Brian’s birthday so we decided we would finally hit up the MIM. Seriously, if you live here or ever visit, this is a must see.
The museum is split up into regions of the world and you are given an audio guide that actually works. As you approach each country, the audio guide will automatically sync and play the music of the instruments on display, which makes it so much more interesting and interactive than just reading about them.
There were SO many pretty accordions from all around the world, I love how that instrument is a part of the regional music of so many places!
Music is such an important part of every culture and it was neat to see what a big part of people’s lives it is, no matter the economy or technology of the area- they are going to make music happen! It was really cool to learn about regional music and dance traditions, such as the Scissors Dance in Peru.
In the Experience Gallery you get to play around with some instruments and I tried my hand at the Theremin. Okay, I totally want one of these now! I never realized that you play this instrument without even touching it! The vertical antenna controls pitch and the horizontal one controls volume. Such a trip!
If you’re interested in more Theremin, check out this video of Clara Rockmore, one of the most famous Theremin players.
It’s funny how when we are on vacation in a new place, we rush around to see everything we possibly can, yet sometimes we overlook places in our own city. Is there a spot in your town you’ve been meaning to visit?This entry was posted in adventures and tagged Arizona, birthday, brian, musical instrument museum. ← a day for applique… The Lovely Hunter… →