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 or cello. Beginning violin classes are offered for ages 4-6 and beginning cello classes are offered for ages 7-9.

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.

To receive a copy of our next semester’s class schedule, please e-mail Amanda Drish, Manager of Beginning Strings and Community Connections, at

Winter Semester – Jan 8 through Mar 5, 2018
Spring Semester – Mar 19 through May 14, 2018

To register for one of our Beginning Strings Class, please return a completed Registration Form to the Symphony Academy or call 515.280.4005 to register by phone.

Beginning Strings Program Spring 2018 Registration Form

2017-2018 Symphony Academy Group Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Aug 2017


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 or faculty absence will be made up. No other make-ups will be offered.

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.