Private Lessons

The Des Moines Symphony Academy offers individual instruction to students of all ages and abilities, from as early as three years of age through adulthood. Through private lesson instruction, students learn techniques and repertoire to advance their playing abilities. Lessons with an expert on the instrument are an essential component for music education for any student. All of our highly experienced faculty members hold advanced degrees and many are active musicians with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Instruction is offered on a wide variety of instruments including violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, trumpet, percussion and piano. Tuition starts at just $33.00 per lesson!

Des Moines Symphony Academy 2019-2020 Private Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Aug 2019


Please contact Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, Symphony Academy at or 515.280.3332 for more information on registering for private lessons.

If you have already secured a lesson day and time with one of our Academy Private Lessons Instructors, please return a completed Private Lessons Registration Form

2019-2020 Private Lessons Registration Form


Each year, students enrolled in private lessons have the opportunity to perform in studio recitals. Teachers will help students choose repertoire and prepare for these performances. In addition, the Symphony Academy offers many performance opportunities through a variety of partnerships in the Des Moines area.