The NMM welcomes the opportunity to host your school group. Guided tours of the NMM's collections are
provided by trained
educators and are based on educational themes and
objectives. Tours can be tailored to meet the educational goals and
interests of individual classes, ensembles, and other groups. Advance reservations must be made for all
Educational Thematic Tour
While the NMM's main emphasis is music,
multidisciplinary opportunities are also offered. Listed below are
tours regularly offered. Other specific curriculum needs can also be
accommodated with a minimum of a one-month advance
reservation. Note: Thematic tours are available only to groups
of 30 or less.
- A First Look--
An introduction to music and the NMM's
collections. 20-30 minutes. Grades K-3.
- Our First Nations--
collection of Native
American instruments and learn about Native American music and culture.
Grades 2-5. (Reminder: October is Native American
- A Musical Tour Around the World--
recorded music of instruments from around the world. Grades 4-8.
- Instruments and Music of Africa--
collection of instruments from various parts of Africa. Recorded music
will be heard as well as an opportunity for hands-on experience.
- Sound and Vibration--
Learn how sound is
produced on various instruments. An opportunity for hands-on
experience. Grades 3-6.
Post-visit drawings by two second graders illustrate the vibrations of the gongs in the NMM's gamelan and the many instruments hidden inside the NMM's orchestrion. Click on either drawing to see an enlargement.
- Magical Mystery Tour--
Featuring recorded music
of the Beatles, examine some of the instruments used in pop and rock
music. Grades 6-12.
- February Specials--
1. Instrumental Valentine: Examine some of the musical instruments
associated with love. Instruments will include the guitar, harp, lira da
braccio, and the Native American courting flute. Grades 2-12.
2. Presidential Music: Instruments from the time of Washington
Lincoln will be examined. Grades 2-12.
- South Dakota History--
made and used
South Dakota pioneers. See what life might have been like in the
early days. Grades 6-12.
South Dakota Educational Content Standards
Prepare Your Class For Their Visit
Prepare your class before you visit! Take some of the NMM's Virtual Tours.
Download and print out these useful PDF files prepared by Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, NMM Curator of Education:
Pre-tour Letter to Teachers
Lesson Plans for NMM Field Trip Visit
Pre-tour Fun and Fact Sheet
Post-tour Fun and Fact Sheet
Information about NMM Tours
Because there is such a high demand for visits during the
and May, please call early to make your
Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the
General tours usually last from 60-90 minutes, although the length can
be adjusted to fit your schedule. Shorter tours are conducted for
For a quality experience, we recommend tour groups of no more than
25-30 individuals. The NMM can accommodate no more than 48
at one time. If your group is larger than this, please plan to
the group in half and make alternate arrangements (call the NMM
Schedule Your Tour
Call to schedule your tour: (605)
Please be prepared to answer the following questions when
- Requested visit date.
- Requested visit time.
- Approximate length of visit.
- Group leader's name.
- Name of group or school.
- Mailing address.
- Phone and best time to reach you at this number.
- Number of people.
- Age or grade level.
- Number of chaperones (1 adult required for every 10-12
- What kind of group (history class, band, general music, first grade,
- What are your objectives for this visit?
- Describe any kind of advance preparation for this visit (recent study
units, reading assignments, in-class presentations, etc.).
- In which tour option are you interested? Note: Special
thematic tour requests require a minimum of one-month advance
National Music Museum
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069