We believe education is critical to growing the creative music community in Iowa. Through our education programs, we seek to connect people passionate about music with the tools, knowledge, and individuals needed to build a skilled and collaborative music network in Des Moines. This talent and cooperation is what will enable our community to grow and to support an ever-more vibrant, productive, and independent cultural economy in Central Iowa.

Through partnerships and collaborative efforts within our community, DMMC has made youth music education an important aspect of our mission.  We are appreciative of the opportunity to do such work within the Des Moines Public School district by hosting free after-school classes and in-class guest presentations in multiple schools throughout the district. DMMC has hosted over three-hundred students through our educational initiatives in the last year to date. Learn more by clicking page links below or please email DMMC Program Manger, Jordan Mayland,, with inquiries about DMMC Music Education programs.

Music Summer Camps

During these two-week camps, students create music in a fun, collaborative environment with no prior experience required. Working as a team under the guidance of seasoned, local musicians and educators, students learn skills needed to play in a band, write lyrics, record music, and perform live on the Emerging Artists Stage at our annual 80/35 music festival.

2023 Summer Camps are set for June 19-29
, and will return back to Ding Darling Shelter, thanks to our partners, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, who have been with us since the beginning of our music education initiatives!  Camp sign-up will be announced in 2023, so please follow DMMC on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter to be the first to know! Learn more about DMMC Music Summer Camps HERE!

Hip Hop 101

Led by Hip Hop musician, Dom Russell (Chill Mac), engineer/producer, Anthony Maldonado (AMmixes), & other special guests, students get an opportunity to hone their craft and dive into songwriting, producing, technology, and more.

Hip Hop 101 returned to in-person after-school classes this Spring in multiple schools within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa at Meredith Middle SchoolAmos Hiatt Middle SchoolEast High SchoolMcCombs Middle SchoolMoore ElementaryGregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Club at Drake University, and Oak Park Elementary after-school classes.

Hip Hop 101 is also a main element of our Music Summer Camps, so students have multiple opportunities to engage in different musical genres, collaborations with other students and teachers, and hey…it’s super fun! Learn more HERE.

DSM Soundcheck

DSM Soundcheck is a concert series designed for emerging artists (under the age of 21) to have an opportunity to work with the Des Moines Music Coalition, Station 1 Records, and xBK Live.  We want to help you put on a great show and develop young musicians, artists, and music professionals in the Des Moines music scene. This all ages event is set for January 25th, 2023, and we will be back at xBk Live! Join us in welcoming 28 Days Later, Lost Souls Found, and Riley Jane!  We’re keeping admission LOW at $5 until the day of the show, so grab your tickets HERE to help support these acts!

Get more info on DSM Soundcheck HERE.

Youth Music Showcases

Along with DSM Soundcheck, DMMC has also hosted many other various youth concert events through the years.  We look forward to introducing a new full day youth music festival festival at Captain Roy’s set for July 1st, 2023! More details will be announced for the big show in 2023!

If you would like to support a student by donating we would certainly appreciate it as we continue to build these programs and further our mission to turn Des Moines into a true Music City!
Please visit the Donate Page Here.











All 2019 Camp Photography by Alyssa Leicht. 

Check out these 1 Minute Videos with thoughts and special music from some of the DMMC Virtual After-School Music students as well as Summer Camps students and families.

Interview on We Are Iowa Channel 5!



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