Music education for young children goes beyond the fun and joy of singing and dancing. It plays a vital role in overall development, enhancing various aspects of physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth.
Join us at Varsity Cinema on July 29, July 30, and August 1, to watch the magic of music unfold in Disney’s Fantasia 2000!
Each week, the Des Moines Symphony Academy hosts nearly 400 young musicians at the Temple for Performing Arts. Take a peek at what they've been up to during 2022-2023, a year full of wonderful performances and incredible opportunities for students!
For years, experts have touted the strong connection between a child’s cognitive development and music. Now, a new study in the Journal of Youth Development confirms the power of instrumental instruction and mentoring in significantly improved test scores for elementary students after two years in the program.
Under the direction of Nate Sparks, the Youth Jazz Orchestra gave its premiere concert celebrating works of the Afro-Cuban tradition.
Academy Students Accepted to Iowa All State Festival
11/19/2021 In Academy News
Congratulations to the more than 30 Academy students who were accepted the 2021 Iowa All State Festival!
Des Moines Symphony's Sound of the City Campaign Shifts Focus to Academy Fundraising
10/27/2021 In Academy News
Read about our Sound of the City Campaign in support of the Symphony Academy.
The Des Moines Symphony Academy offers lessons to musicians of all ages and has continued to provide the very best music education experience in the face of adversity. When private and group lessons were moved to an online format in late March, music education became a source of consistency in many students’ lives.
As music institutions throughout the United States closed their doors to in-person music education in late March, the Des Moines Symphony Academy joined many schools in offering online instruction. Through a variety of video communication platforms, Symphony Academy Faculty interacted with their students in real-time to ensure everyone stayed safe and healthy.
Online Learning at the Symphony Academy
03/30/2020 In Academy News
Since returning from Spring Break on March 23, music education has looked a little different at the Des Moines Symphony Academy. Thanks to creative thinking and clever use of technology, Academy faculty have continued to teach, but this time - it's all online.
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- Work of Symphony Academy mirrors findings in new national study 07/28/2022 In Academy News
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