Highly recommended, complimentary self-guided audio tour with 50
Available at front desk.
Educational Thematic Tour
While the Museum'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 Museum'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.
- 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.
- General Tour--
most often requested offering.
Students visit 4 to 6 of the galleries. Grades
2-12. This is the only type of tour available to groups of more
than 30. Virtual Gallery
Guided tours of the Museum's collections are
provided by trained
educators and assistants and are based on educational themes and
objectives. Tours can be tailored to meet the educational goals and
interests of individual classes and groups.
Advance reservations must be made for all
Groups of ten or more will not be admitted without a confirmed
reservation. Tour guides will be provided.
- 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 Museum 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 Museum
Groups of more than 48 will not be admitted to the Museum.
- Call to schedule your tour: (605)
677-5306. 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
Contact Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education, at
605-677-5306 or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Music Museum
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069