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 and in partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa by hosting free after-school classes and in-class guest presentations in multiple schools throughout the district. Learn more by clicking page links below or please email DMMC Program Manager, Jordan Mayland, firstname.lastname@example.org, with inquiries about DMMC Music Education programs.
THANKS TO OUR DONORS AND CORPORATE SPONSORS, ALL DMMC YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMS ARE EITHER FREE TO PARTICIPATE OR PAY WHAT YOU CAN. HELP POWER THE NEXT GENERATION OF MUSICIANS IN GREATER DES MOINES BY DONATING TO THE DMMC.
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 at our annual 80/35 music festival.
Learn more about DMMC Music Summer Camps
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 is taught during both the Music Summer Camps and at our partner school locations.
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.
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!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS