The Des Moines Symphony Academy is seeking a string education specialist to join our Beginning Strings Program Teaching Faculty

About our Beginning Strings Program

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Beginning Strings Program is designed to provide young, aspiring musicians ages 4 and 5 years old with their first instructional experience on a violin, viola or cello. Classes will be small-group format, allowing for a combination of both individual and ensemble attention and practice.

Students graduating from our Beginning Strings Program will be able to join the private string studios of Des Moines Symphony Academy faculty and participate in our Youth Orchestras Program.

Beginning Strings Program classes will be held at The Temple for Performing Arts, with both morning and afternoon classes available for children enrolled in either morning or afternoon pre-school programs in addition to evening class offerings at locations throughout the Greater Des Moines Area.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Bachelor of Music (Music Education preferred)

Desired Qualifications

Ideal candidates should have an interest in the education of young children, flexible classroom management skills and the ability to communicate with parents about student's progress and goals. The availability to teach weekday evenings, 3 - 6 pm and Saturday mornings is required for this position.  Beginning Strings Instructors will receive training, materials and curriculum provided by the Symphony Academy.


$37.67/class – Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer semesters each school year

Des Moines Symphony Academy Vision

The Des Moines Symphony Academy will be a musical community of excellence where talented and motivated instrumental students will become accomplished musicians through musical study and memorable performances taught, directed and mentored by recognized professional musicians and educators.  A vital extension of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, in cooperation with school music and home study programs, the Symphony Academy will encourage and inspire students while building and nurturing collegial relationships.  The Symphony Academy will provide an opportunity for students to pursue excellence and achieve their musical goals; performing, appreciating and preparing a strong foundation for a lifetime of great music.  

Resumes can be sent to:

Joshua Barlage
Managing Director
Des Moines Symphony Academy
The Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street, Suite 400
Des Moines, IA 50309
Fax: (515) 280.4000 

The Des Moines Symphony Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.