New Music Program For Kids

An instructor shows a young musician finger placement on a violin during a music lesson.
An instructor shows a young musician finger placement on a violin during a music lesson.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa recently launched a new program to bring beginner-level string instrument classes to 16 area youths.

The Beginning Strings Program seeks to reach children who have limited or no access to music instruction or instruments. Underwritten by Harry and Pam Bookey, the program is modeled after Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based after-school music program that was recently featured on National Public Radio.

“We recognize the significant impact that quality music instruction has on children’s lives and their intellectual development, and … we are thrilled to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs to help bring these experiences to their students,” says Des Moines Symphony Academy managing director Joshua Barlage.

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