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. Please email DMMC Program/Outreach Manager, Jordan Mayland, with any questions:

Photo by Alyssa Leicht.

Summer Music 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. In the summer of 2021, DMMC Music Summer Camp students performed at our first annual Riverview Music Festival.




2021 Summer Camp Band, Dorothy of the Midwest, celebrates their performance at xBk Live!








After-School Classes:  DMMC has been happy to host free after-school classes due to our partnership with Des Moines Public Schools.  Middle school students have had the opportunity to work with music professionals for the past four years at Meredith Middle Schools.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic DMMC pivoted over to weekly virtual Hip Hop and Rock classes.


  • Our DMMC Music Education team was happy to work with youngsters recently at the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association! We had three days full of creative writing, production, recording, and fun. Thanks to Iowa Rock N Roll for inviting us and to the families who participated.
  • DMMC hosted our annual two-week Music Summer Camp this June where students not only learned about writing, collaboration, and band etiquette, but also performed at Captain Roy’s and our 80/35 Music Festival!
  • Des Moines Music Coalition was happy to host special musical guests for six weeks with McCombs Middle School 7th and 8th grade Music Appreciation classes as we covered lyric writing, different instruments, production, recording, and more!
  • Our Hip Hop 101 program visited students of Oak Park Elementary to discuss music and helped them write and record lyrics for their frog musical, a topic which these two-hundred students have recently been studying! After-School classes have continued with Oak Park to round out the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Hip Hop 101 returns to Meredith Middle School and McCombs Middle School, thanks to our friends and partners of Boys and Girls Club!  Classes ran weekly before summer break. Led by Hip Hop musician, Dom Russell (Chill Mac) and engineer/producer, Anthony Moldonado (AMmixes), students get an opportunity to hone their craft and dive into writing, producing, technology, and more.
  • DSM Soundcheck is the latest collaboration between the DMMC, xBk Live, and Station 1 Records.  This concert series is devoted to emerging acts under the age of twenty-one. The first show takes place April 6th at xBk Live!  Grab a $5 ticket here!
    More DSM Soundcheck events TBA.

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!
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All 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!

Interview on We Are Iowa Channel 5!


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