Off-Site After-School Youth Programs

In addition to on-site lessons and classes, NISOM brings music education to youth in our community through various off-site after-school programs.

A recent study at Northwestern University provides direct evidence that a community music program for at-risk youth has a biological effect on children’s developing nervous systems. Community Music Programs Enhance Brain Function in At-Risk Children

Learn more about all the benefits of music education: Why Music?

Current Opportunities:

MFC Guitar: Winter

Classes for Youth & Teens

Tuesdays, February 7-March 28, 2017
Youth (ages 8-12): 6:00-6:45pm
Teens (ages 13-17): 6:45-7:30pm
All classes held at MFC: 1157 Central Ave, Dubuque

Guitar clas se s with a Brazilian twist! NISOM and Dubuque's Multicultural Family Center are teaming up for beginner guitar classes, taught my NISOM instructor Marcus DeJesus, who is originally from Brazil. Youth will learn basics such as chords, scales, strumming patterns and songs with Brazilian influence. This 8-week program will lead up to a performance at the MFC1s "Taste of the World" event on Saturday, April 1.

No guitar? No problem! One will be provided for you to use during classes. 

Thanks to our sponsor Dubuque Bank & Trust, registration is FREE!

Sign up today: Advance registration required. Class size is limited. 
Register online at or submit a printable registration form to MFC.


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