Classes & Programs

The Symphony Academy offers classes and programs for kids and adults of all ages.

Winter Flute Choir 2018

Calling all fabulous flutists!  We invited to join the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Winter Flute Choir, which will include two fabulous performances!  Flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes will perform festive winter and holiday music with percussionists, strings, and vocalists. Open to all high school flutists.  Audition may be required.

New members may be required to audition.

Instructor: Anne Steinflutes_920320
Grades: 9-12
Dates: November 4, 11, 18, and December 2, 2018
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: 4th Floor Recital Hall, The Temple For Performing Arts
NOTE: Rehearsal on Nov 4 will take place in the 2nd Floor Chamber Music Studio at The Temple for Performing Arts
Tuition: $100

To Register:
Review our Summer/Winter Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies, then return a completed Winter Flute Choir Registration Form or call 515.280.3332 to register by phone.

Symphony Academy 2018 Summer.Winter Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2018

Symphony Academy 2018 Winter Flute Choir Registration Form

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Adult Classes

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS

Join Dr. Sarah Lucas for four informal and enjoyable classes that introduce you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2018-2019 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and enlightening conversations.

2018-2019 Class Dates:
Wed Sep 19, Wed Nov 14
Wed Feb 13, Wed May 15
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Cost:
$15 per class
Location: The Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street

Please contact Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, Symphony Academy at Joshua@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.3332 for more information or to register for an Adult Class.

 

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Beginning Strings Program

BGCI Violin Lessons PhotoThe Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Beginning Strings Program provides young, aspiring musicians with their first instructional experience on violin, viola or cello. Beginning Strings classes are offered for young musicians as young as 4 years of age.

Classes are offered in four semesters yearly—Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Each 9-week semester consists of weekly 45-minute classes culminating in a large group class taking place during the tenth week, which will provide students with ensemble experience early on in the learning process.  Students may join at the start of any semester.

The Symphony Academy Beginning Strings Program is designed for students to enter the program at age four or five and continue on until they are prepared to begin private lessons at the Symphony Academy and participate in the Symphony Academy Youth Orchestras program. When they move into private studios, they will have all of the skills necessary to move forward with productive weekly private lessons and to be fully participatory members of the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Classes are offered at The Temple for Performing Arts and area locations.

REGISTER TODAY!
Winter Semester Registration is now open through December 19, 2018.
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2018

Beginning Strings Program Winter Semester Registration 

2018-2019 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester – Sep 17 through Nov 10, 2018
Winter Semester – Jan 7 through Mar 9, 2019
Spring Semester – Mar 25 through May 25, 2019
Summer Semester – Our BSP Summer Schedule will be available in Spring 2019

CANCELLATIONS, MAKE-UPS & REFUNDS

Classes that do not enroll the required minimum number of students 5 days prior to class convening may be cancelled. Students that have paid for a cancelled class will receive a refund or may apply credit to another class or private lesson.

Any class missed due to inclement weather will not be made up.  Classes missed due to Instructor absence will be made up. Make-ups for missed classes due to student absence will be made-up at the discretion of Amanda Drish, BSP Manager.

If a family needs to drop a class, the Des Moines Symphony Academy will consider refunding the classes missed if dropped within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

 

 

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Group Lessons for Young Beginners (Group Piano)

 

Designed for students ages 3-6 years old, the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s pre-piano class curriculum will enrich your children’s knowledge and skills for a lifelong appreciation of music. During each of our weekly 45-minute classes your child will learn musical fundamentals through discovery-based activities within a nurturing, exploratory environment.  These fundamentals include reading musical notation, singing and moving to music, ensemble playing, improvisation, ear training and the mechanics of piano technique.

Parent participation is not necessary during class time. However, the Pre-piano class curriculum has been developed so you the parent or caregiver with some musical training can share in the fun of making music side-by-side with your child at home. The music used in class will be familiar to both you and your child having been carefully chosen from a rich heritage of nursery rhymes, folk songs and original compositions.

Group Lessons for Young Beginners is offered in (3) 9-week semesters (Fall, Winter and Spring), with shorter 3 or 4 week sessions in December, June and July.

Our class schedule is arranged to accommodate young musicians enrolled in either morning or afternoon pre-school programs.

All Group Lessons for Young Beginners classes are held in our Group Lessons Studio, 2nd floor at The Temple for Performing Arts

Class availability is subject to change.  Class enrollment is confirmed one week prior to the start of a given semester.

2018-2019 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester – Sep 17 through Nov 10, 2018
Winter Semester – Jan 7 through Mar 9, 2019
Spring Semester – Mar 25 through May 25, 2019
Summer Semester – Our Group Lessons Summer Schedule will be available in Spring 2019

CLASS SCHEDULES
To be placed on our class interest list to receive a copy of our next semester’s Class Schedule, please e-mail Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, at joshua@dmsymphony.org.

2017-2018 GROUP LESSONS TUITION, ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SAFETY POLICY
2017-2018 Symphony Academy Group Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Aug 2017
 

CANCELLATIONS, MAKE-UPS & REFUNDS

Classes that do not enroll the required minimum number of students 5 days prior to class convening may be cancelled. Students that have paid for a cancelled class will receive a refund or may apply credit to another class or private lesson.

Any class missed due to inclement weather will not be made up.  Classes missed due to Instructor absence will be made up. Make-ups for missed classes due to student absence will be made-up at the discretion of the Instructor.

If a family needs to drop a class, the Des Moines Symphony Academy will consider refunding the classes missed if dropped within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

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Youth Concerts

Youth Concerts

Central Iowa fourth and fifth graders will experience the power and beauty of a full symphony orchestra at these specially designed youth concerts. For most students, this is their first exposure to live, orchestral music. Thousands of students attend this concert each year. Reservations are required.

2018 Concert Dates:

Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 10 & 11:30 a.m.
Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

Cost: $3.50/person (1 complimentary teacher/chaperone ticket per 20 students)

Youth Concerts School Credit Card Authorization Form

Teachers, please visit the Connecting Kids and Culture website for information on securing transportation funding as well as curriculum connections.

The 2018 Youth Concerts are made possible in part through the generous support of:

PRE-CONCERT MATERIALS FOR REGISTERED SCHOOLS

TEACHER’S RESOURCE GUIDE – Our Teacher’s Resource Guide has been prepared to provide helpful information about your student’s upcoming concert experience.
2018 Teacher’s Resource Guide

SUGGESTED LESSON PLANS
– The following lessons plans have been prepared by Kendra Leisinger.  Ms. Leisinger is an Elementary General Music Teacher in the Ankeny School District.

A Note to Music Educators

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 Lesson Plan No. 1 – Active Listening
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 Lesson No. 2 – Compare Contrast

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain Lesson Plan No. 1 – Active Listening
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain Lesson Plan No. 2 – Bubble Map
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain Lesson Plan No 3 – Sound Carpet

Hamlin Nothing Grooves Like a Deer from Symphony On A Stick Lesson Plan
Hamlin Score Excerpt from Symphony On A Stick

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS
Active Listening Document
Simple and Compound Beat Groupings
Higher Order Thinking Skills Listening Questions
Small Group Create Guidelines and Rubric
Sound Carpet Expectations
Musical Elements Glossary & Vocabulary List

LISTENING EXCERPTS – The following video clips will provide listening examples of pieces you and your student will hear performed live at  our Youth Concerts.  These video clips have been carefully chosen as historic and famous performances by leading conductors and orchestras.

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
State Academic Symphony Orchestra

Evgeny Svetlanov, conducting


Peter Hamlin “Nothing Grooves Like A Deere” Excerpt from Symphony On A Stick
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting


Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, Allegro con brio
Vienna Philharmonic 
Leonard Bernstein, conducting

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Community Outreach

INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO

The Des Moines Symphony Academy offers hands-on experiences for children ages 3 and up at area schools and community libraries through our Instrument Petting Zoos. This fun and interactive introduction to a stringed instrument lasts 30 minutes and is designed for up to 15 children to participate at one time. These experiences are offered at no cost to the hosting facility or children in attendance.

During the Petting Zoo, children will explore the following:

  • Listening to the difference between stringed instruments
  • Exploring the different parts of the violin & cello
  • Learning about the instrument’s sounds and dynamics

Their hands-on experience will include:

  • Introductory time on the violin & cello
  • Bowing all four strings
  • Holding the violin & cello on their own

For further questions or to schedule an Instrument Petting Zoo at your school or library, please contact Amanda Drish, Manager of Beginning Strings & Community Connections, at amanda@dmsymphony.org or by phone at 515.280.4000 x4005.

 

PROJECT ENCORE

Amanda Drish, Director

Project Encore, the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s one-of-a-kind collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, provides group violin lessons to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. This unique learning opportunity provides students with access to music instruction and instruments at no cost to their families.

In addition to teaching the fundamentals of music, Project Encore emphasize the core values of respect, hard work, time management and peer collaboration. Project Encore is a transformational opportunity that fosters camaraderie and teamwork, and encourages children to remain dedicated to an achievable goal with through hard work and persistence.

Project Encore strives to enrich its students with the lifelong positive benefits of music education. Evidence shows making music transforms the brain in positive and permanent ways such as strengthening the coordination among areas of the brain that develop emotions and memories. Statistically, music students score higher on standardized test exams and have increased problem solving skills. Music education is linked to improved self-esteem and provides a lifetime of enjoyment and enrichment.

To date, Project Encore has provided over 75 children with group violin lessons at the George Washington Carver Community School thanks to the vision and generosity of Harry Bookey & Pamela Bass-Bookey and Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt.

For more information about Project Encore, please contact Amanda Drish, Manager of Beginning Strings & Community Connections, at amanda@dmsymphony.org or by phone at 515.280.4000 x4005.

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Summer Programs

The Symphony Academy’s Summer Camps and Workshops are geared to providing a challenging, yet nurturing music learning environment for young musicians at various levels of their musical development. Musicians will gather to make music, improve musicianship and listening skills and work with professional musicians; all while creating lasting friendships.  Students should expect to be challenged through new experiences with fellow players.  Instructors will give participants encouragement and a fresh perspective.  Previous enrollment in Symphony Academy programs is not required; students from all schools and private teachers are welcome! Fill your summer with musical memories at the Des Moines Symphony Academy.

Our 2018 Summer Programs are now available.  See below for specific program information!

To Register for a 2018 Summer Program, please complete a Summer Program Registration Form and return it to Joshua Barlage at joshua@dmsymphony.org or mail a completed form to:

Des Moines Symphony Academy
The Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street, Suite 400
Des Moines, IA 50309

Learn more about our Beginning Strings Summer Semester

2018 SUMMER PROGRAMS DATES AND DESCRIPTIONS

Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2018

STRING CHAMBER CAMP – New, All-Day Camp!!
Instructors: Symphony Academy Faculty
Dates: Mon –Fri Jul 9 –13
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (drop-off/pick-up times: 8:45-9:00am/5:00-5:15pm)
Location: Various studios
Camp Tuition: $320
Registration Deadline has been extended to May 20, 2018.

Tuition Includes: one private lessons with an Academy Faculty member, 10+ hours of chamber coaching, daily theory lessons, music enrichment courses, daily workshops, performances by Des Moines Symphony Academy Faculty, a finale concert and a Des Moines Symphony Academy Chamber T-Shirt.

An Audition is required for this Camp:
Auditions will take place on May 9, 4-6 pm at The Temple for Performing Arts. If you are unable to audition on this date, please email amanda@dmsymphony.org to schedule an alternative audition time.
Auditioning Musicians will be asked to play:
3-4 minutes of a performance piece|
2 scales (please choose two scales that showcase different finger positions and shifting – if applicable)

NOTE: Due to allergy health concerns, the Symphony Academy will not provide any food for this camp.  Camp musicians are asked to please provide a nut-free snack and lunch for each camp day.

Registration for our Strings Chamber Camp is Now Closed

String Chamber Camp FAQ

YANKEE DOODLE POPCORN POPS CAMP
Instructors: Kaarin Faase & Francine Griffith
Dates: Mon-Fri, Jun 25 – 29
Time: 9:00 – 9:45 am (3 – 4 year olds)
10:00 – 10:45 (5 – 6 year olds)
Location: Chamber Studio (2nd floor)
Tuition per musician: $ 85, includes (5) 45-minute sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8 students per class

Come enjoy a week full of musical fun in preparation for the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops performance on Monday, July 1. Each day is devoted to one instrument family; allowing children to perform hands-on experiments, hear and meet live musicians, play themed games, and enjoy a snack and story. A mural will grow through the course of the week, as children illustrate their favorite instruments and add them to an orchestra on stage.

INTRO TO FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP
Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Tue Jun 5, 12, 19 and 26
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue Jun 26 at 7:30pm
Location: 4th Floor Recital Hall

Grades 6-8
Tuition: $95, includes (4) 60-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Do you love playing the flute?  Come join other flute enthusiasts for our Intro to Flute Choir Workshop!  This class will offer middle school flutists an opportunity to gain experience as an ensemble player which enhances a flutist’s individual musical development.  Students will learn how to use different tonal colors and listen for blend, balance, and intonation as well as developing their technique in fingering, articulation, breathing, and embouchure.  Participants will have the opportunity to play alto flute and bass flute.  Repertoire includes traditional rounds, classical, and jazzy pieces. The class will prepare students to play in the upper level Symphony Academy Flute Choirs.  New members may be required to audition.
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form

FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP
Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Jul 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Performance: Tue Jul 31 at 8:00pm
Location 4th Floor Grand Hall
Grades 9-12
Tuition:  $135, includes (4) 90-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Savor your “flute flavor” with other flute fanatics.  We will explore music arranged and composed specifically for flute choir.  Participants will have the opportunity to play alto and bass flutes.   Our Flute Choir Workshop will include a final concert and possible casual performances in summer settings.  New members may be required to audition.
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form

STRING ORCHESTRA CAMP
Instructors: Matt Meyer & Michele Senger
Dates: Mon-Fri Aug 13-17 and Mon Aug 20
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Performance: Mon Aug 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Grand & Recital Halls
Tuition per musician: $105, includes (6) 2-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8 musicians per ensemble

Rosin up those bows for our Summer String Orchestra Camp. Participating musicians will work with Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras Conductors on challenging, age-appropriate repertoire for string orchestra.

Program Overview: (2) Large Ensemble Orchestral Program
Ensemble 1 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 1-4
Ensemble 2 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 5+
MINIMUM PLAYING REQUIREMENTS – Musicians must have completed at least one full year of school orchestra or private lessons instruction to participate.
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form

 

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