Jump Start 2015

Jump Start 2015 has concluded. Check back for 2016 information. 

Jump start your playing by attending a week of summer lessons!

Beginning instrumental students entering 5th or 6th grade band or orchestra in the fall can get a Jump Start on their playing in one of two week-long camps. Jump Start is a beginner instrument-immersion program, held in partnership with the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD), intended to prepare students with the fundamentals of playing an instrument. Classes are taught by DCSD teachers.

~ Learn basic position and technique. You can be playing simple songs before school starts!
~ Learn general music principles such as rhythm, note-reading, and musical symbols!
~ Get a "Jump Start" on those who start when the school year begins!
~ Have a great time making music this summer with your friends, and meet new ones!

Choose one of the following sessions:

Session 1: July 20-25, 2015 at Jefferson Middle School
Session 2: August 3-7, 2015 at Carver Elementary School

Class Offerings:
Violin/Viola: 9:15AM, 10:00AM, 11:30AM, 12:45PM, 1:30PM, 1:45PM
Cello: 10:45AM, 1:00PM
Trumpet: 9:00AM, 1:15PM
Clarinet/Saxophone: 9:45AM, 12:45PM
Trombone: 12:30PM
Percussion: 11:15AM
Flute: 10:30AM

Classes meet daily Monday through Friday for one week. Submit your class time preferences when you register. NISOM will assign you to a 40-minute class and contact you before your session begins to confirm your class time.

Only $35 for an entire week of classes (5 days). Limited scholarships available; recipients will be contacted after June 26. Call NISOM at (563) 690-0151 for more information.

About Instruments: NISOM does not provide instruments. Students should arrange to have the instruments they will use during the school year prior to their Jump Start classes. Families are encouraged but not required to join us at a Beginning Instrumental Music FAQ Night to learn how the  program works, register, meet the teacher, get instrument rental information, and get measured for your instruments. Drop in 6:00-7:15 PM on Tuesday, April 28 at Multicultural Family Center (1157 Central Ave) or Tuesday, May 5 at Emmaus Bible College (2570 Asbury Road). A brief “what to expect” talk from the teachers with Q&A will be held at 6:15 and 6:45 both evenings.

To Register:

Session 1: Register by June 26
Session 2: Register by July 17

Register for Jump Start through NISOM by returning a registration form with payment of $35 per student or requesting scholarship. Be sure to include your desired session week and class time preferences.

Submit your registration at Beginning Instrumental Music FAQ Night, or mail or deliver to NISOM at 2728 Asbury Rd, Suite 200, Dubuque, IA 52001. NISOM is located on the 2nd floor of the Springs Building in Fountain Park.

Payment methods: Register with cash or check (payable to NISOM) at Beginning Instrumental Music FAQ Night. NISOM also accepts credit cards when registering through our office; a 3.5% processing fee will be added to all credit/debit card payments. Payment must be received to reserve your space in a class.

Note: Registering in Jump Start through NISOM does not enroll you in DCSD band or orchestra. Non-DCSD students are also welcome to participate in Jump Start.


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