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 is continuing online lessons throughout the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. Faculty members are continuing to accept new students.

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.

Group Lessons

  • Beginning Strings Program
    Beginning Strings Program Age: 4+ Location: Online Tuition: $254 per semester

    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 typically offered in four semesters yearly—Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Students may join at the start of any semester. 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. 

    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 typically offered at The Temple for Performing Arts, Franklin Jr. High, and other area locations.

    Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Beginning Strings Program classes are being held online until further notice.

    Fall 2020 Semester Dates

    Classes: September 14 - December 12
    Concerts: December 14-18
    No Classes: November 23-28

    Register for Beginning Strings Program