The Drake University Community School of Music (DUCSOM) and its faculty strive to awaken and nurture our students' musical talents. DUCSOM’s students exemplify Drake University’s commitment to lifelong learning. We teach students of all ages—from three-year-olds to senior citizens—and of all levels—from beginners to professionals. Our students contribute to the vitality of the Greater Des Moines and the surrounding Central Iowa communities, as well as to the Drake University community.
Our mission is to successfully provide the inspiration and opportunity for anyone in our diverse community to achieve excellence in music education and appreciate the transformative power of music.
Our vision is to be recognized and valued as a collaborative partner and as an accessible resource for excellence in music education within the community.
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"I have been thoroughly enjoying my piano journey through your program and Heather has been a stellar instructor. This is my first attempt at learning an instrument, and Heather has been at the forefront of my learning curve. It has only been about 2 months since I have begun my lessons, but the learning procedure has been a life altering experience for me. I have noticed that I pay closer attention to everything musical around me - movie background tracks, jingles in the radio, music in elevators, etc. My ability for self-expression expanded enormously and it has helped me explore who I am as a person. I venture to say that my practice sessions are better than seeing a therapist. I am thankful for DUCSOM and your music program for matching me up with a great piano teacher." - Mark P., adult piano student