Summer Camps

During the two-week DMMC summer camps, students create music in a fun, collaborative environment with no prior experience required. We are proud to offer musical opportunities with a sliding scale / pay what you can admission. Working as a team under the guidance of seasoned local teaching artists, students learn skills needed to play in a band, write lyrics, record music, and perform live on 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.

These camps are designed for multiple different sessions throughout the days based on age, experience, and musical genre interest, so students are playing and learning with other like-minded peers.  Any level of experience is welcome!  DMMC will provide guitars, amps, drums, and keyboards, while our teachers, who are local musicians, help guide newcomers to give them the tools they need to jump into a creative atmosphere, either writing their own songs or playing their favorites.