Learn about science and music through fun, hands-on programming

Explore how science brings music to life during “Discover Science at MIM” on Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21. This exciting new Signature Event will serve as the grand opening of MIM’s new STEM Gallery and will include hands-on activities, workshops, demonstrations, talks, performances, and more―all focused on how science and technology affect the way music is made and heard.

MIM’s STEM Gallery is an innovative space where guests of all ages can discover the important connections between music and science through themes of sound creation, technological innovation, the human ear, hearing safety, and much more.

Music educator and percussionist Samuel Peña from AZ Beat Lab will host a community music jam during which music lovers can experiment with electronic instruments, drum pads, and world music instruments.

Don’t miss a chance to experience MIM’s rare twelve-foot octobasse played live by curator Colin Pearson.

Learn more about the science of sound in a classroom full of interesting demonstration stations. Get to know the acoustic world around you through sonic manipulation, demonstrations of wave patterns, and more.

Percussionist, composer, and educator Dr. Jeremy Muller will pair live acoustic playing with digital music, such as the soundscape beneath the polar ice cap, for a fascinating performance built on science and math. During B1 Duo’s performance of “Metal Music,” audiences will be taken inside the sounds of metal objects for a multifaceted experience of music and the science of resonance.

Throughout the weekend, there will be several talks by experts on topics such as STEM, resonance, and hearing safety.

Join Café Allegro’s executive chef Chris Lenza for an exciting demonstration of the science of making rapid-freeze ice cream. Café Allegro will also offer an enjoyable science-themed lunch menu available for purchase.

Stop by the Museum Store and shop for fascinating instruments and books that will let you continue your discovery of the science of sound at home.

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