The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s group lessons for young beginners provide aspiring musicians with the knowledge and skills for a lifelong appreciation of music.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Beginning Strings Program provides young musicians aged 4 and up with their first instructional experience on violin, viola or cello. The Beginning Strings Program will be returning to in-person classes in June 2021 with the following health and safety protocols in place:

Masks must be worn and proper social distancing practiced by Instructors, students and their families the enitre time they are in our building, which includes during the student's class. 

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s group piano classes teach music fundamentals through discovery-based activities in a nurturing, exploratory environment for students aged 3-7.  Our group piano program is currently on hiatus and we hope to resume this program in the near future. 

Group Lessons

  • Beginning Strings Program
    Beginning Strings Program Age: 4+ Dates: Jan 3 - May 23 Location: The Temple for Performing Arts Tuition: $399 for winter/spring semester (19 classes)

    The 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 musicians as young as 4 years of age.

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

    The Symphony Academy’s Beginning Strings Program is designed for students to begin instruction at age four or five and continue until they are prepared to begin private lessons at the Symphony Academy and participate in the Symphony Academy Youth Orchestras program. Through participation in the Beginning Strings Program, students will gain 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.

    Winter/Spring Session: Jan 3 - May 23 (no classes Mar 14 - 20)

    Registration for our Winter/Spring Semester is closed.  You are welcome to complete a registration form using the link below to be put on our mailing list for our next semester, which will begin in June 2022. 

    Register for Beginning Strings Program