Summer Music Camps

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The DMMC is excited to announce a collaboration with the Des Moines Parks & Recreation department to host two music camps this summer for middle school-age students (ages 11 – 15 yrs.)! Working as a team, under the guidance of experienced, local musicians and educators, students will create music in a fun, creative environment. They’ll learn the skills needed to play in a band, write lyrics, record music and perform live! No prior music experience required.

The thoughtful and robust curriculum has been developed by leading music education specialist, Mary Anne Sims, who will also manage each camp. Working along the DMMC and DSM Parks & Rec team, she’s brought together several community partners and musicians to help shape the camp activities. This new summer camp joins other education-focused programs, developed by the DMMC like the Music University conference.  The DMMC also provided startup funding in 2013 to the inaugural Girls Rock! camp.

“Opportunities to support music education and programming for young students aligns with our mission to support and sustain a thriving music scene in central Iowa,” said Mike Thibodeau, DMMC board president. “It’s been fun to work alongside Mary Anne as she’s developed the camp activities and we’re excited to see it all come together for the kids.”


Click here to find out more about our 2016 summer camps.

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