College Programs

Music for College Students

NISOM offers a wide-range of enriching programs for college students!

Browse programs for other age groups: Kids age 3-9 | Tweens & Teens | Adults

Credit Lessons

Earn credit through your college!

Local college students can take lessons at NISOM and receive credit hours from their school. NISOM currently offers this partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College and Emmaus Bible College. Students register and pay fees at the college or university at which you are enrolled. Then contact NISOM to set up your lesson time. All lessons take place at NISOM but follow the academic calendar of your college.

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Private Lessons

Learn one-on-one with an instructor

Private lessons are a wonderful way to begin music instruction or improve your skill. No experience or audition is required. Lessons are offered year-round; begin at any time! Trial periods and short-term lessons are available.

Lessons are available in piano, voice, guitar, composition, and band & orchestra instruments.

Learn more about Private Lessons or Browse Faculty by Instrument

Also see: Registration | Tuition | Policies | Calendar | FAQ

Group Classes

Learn in an engaging atmosphere with a small group of students

College students are welcome in NISOM adult group classes. Choose a pre-scheduled class like Advanced Guitar Technique or schedule your own class with friends or family. Group classes are a great way to try an instrument, learn the basics, and build camaraderie among students. No experience is necessary unless otherwise specified. Three sessions of classes are offered during the school year, as well as a summer session. Classes may vary each session.

For more information see:

Class Schedules & Information  |  Class Policies


Work with Professional Musicians

Check back for 2018-2019 opportunities

Concerts & Events

College students are encouraged to join the audience for NISOM community events and concerts. Get inspired by professional guest artists and local adult musicians! Many opportunities are free, and student prices are available for ticketed events.

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Scholarship Program

Need-Based Financial Assistance

NISOM offers need-based financial assistance for private lessons, group classes, ensembles, and workshops. Please submit your scholarship application before you plan to register for the program.

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Dubuque Community String Orchestra

Adult Performance Ensemble

The Dubuque Community String Orchestra (DCSO) is an non-auditioned ensemble of adult musicians. The orchestra gives two or more public concerts per year. Rehearsals are Monday evenings at 6:30-8:00PM at Oak Park Place. New members are welcome!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Build your resume while helping a non-profit

Get involved and gain experience at the same time by volunteering at NISOM! Volunteers are not scheduled on a daily or weekly basis, but volunteers are needed to distribute posters and flyers, promote programs on social media, fold programs or handbooks, stuff envelopes, enter data, and the like. Contact us to be added to our volunteer call list.

Why Music?

Physical and Mental Health Benefits

Studies show music and music education can have a profound impact on mental and physical health for students of all ages.

- Learning music teaches valuable life skills like problem-solving, focus, perseverance, and more.

- Music makes you high! A study published in Evolutionary Psychology found performing music releases endorphins producing a natural high and feeling of well-being.

- The College Board identifies the arts as one of the six basic academic subject areas students should study in order to succeed in college.

Learn more about the benefits of music for all ages


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Upcoming Events

Fall Preschool Class

Preschooler’s Music 

For Ages 4-6
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