Tween & Teen Programs

Music for Ages 10-18

NISOM offers a wide-range of exciting programs for tweens and teens!

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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.

Tween and teen 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 a fun atmosphere with a small group of students

Choose a pre-scheduled class like Musical Theatre Technique and Performance or All-State Chorus Prep, 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

After-School Youth Outreach

Off-Site Free or Low-Cost Programs

NISOM brings music to tweens and teens in our community through afterschool programs like guitar classes at Dubuque Multicultural Family Center and piano classes at Prescott Elementary. Thanks to our sponsors and partners, these programs are free or low-cost to students.

See After School Youth for current opportunities.

Concerts & Events

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.

See all Upcoming Events


Work with Professional Musicians

Check back for 2018-2019 opportunities


Scholarship Program

Need-Based Financial Assistance

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

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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, even helping keep teens off drugs!

- Students who make music have been shown to get along better with classmates and have fewer discipline problems. More of them get into their preferred colleges, too.

- Playing a musical instrument strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills, and those who study an instrument learn a lot about discipline, dedication and the rewards of hard work.

- Community music programs for at-risk youth have a biological effect on developing nervous systems.

- Students in art programs like music score higher on SATs than those who do not.

Learn more about the benefits of music for all ages


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Upcoming Events

Fall Preschool Class

Preschooler’s Music 

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