Youth Music Education

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 with schools such as McCombs Middle School, Meredith Middle School, Oak Park Elementary, and others throughout the past five years. DMMC has hosted over three-hundred students through our educational initiatives in the last year to date. Learn more by checking out the information below or visit our Education Page for more current updates! Please email DMMC Program/Outreach Manager, Jordan Mayland, with inquiries about DMMC Music Education programs.

    • Music Summer Camps: During these free 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 festival2022 Summer Camps are set for June 20th-30th, 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 this summer, so please follow DMMC on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter to be the first to know!
    • Hip Hop 101:  Led by Hip Hop musician, Dom Russell (Chill Mac), engineer/producer, Anthony Moldonado (AMmixes), & other special guests, students get an opportunity to hone their craft and dive into songwriting, producing, technology, and more.  Hip Hop 101 has worked as a free after-school program at Meredith Middle School in years past, DMMC Music Summer Camps, in-class visits with Oak Park Elementary, virtual in-class visits with McCombs Middle School, as well as free virtual after-school and summer camps the past two years, and returns in-person this Spring with the Boys & Girls Huskies Club at Meredith Middle School as well as with Oak Park Elementary after-school classes.
    • 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! Learn more here.
    • Youth Music Showcase: Des Moines Music Coalition, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Captain Roy’s are thrilled for the return our Youth Music Showcase, set for May 14th (12:00-5:00 at Captain Roy’s outside stage)!  If you have a musical act or set you’d like to submit, we’re all ears.  This showcase is set up for acts in the age group of 11-19, and in the past we’ve had everything from piano recital songs to full on rock performances!  Not to mention we’re so excited to have future 80/35 performers, The Complete Disaster, close down the show before they hit the road on their Spring tour! Applications and the event are FREE.



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