Student Information

Second semester lessons begin on Monday, January 8, 2018! Your lesson time will remain the same unless you hear from your teaching artist! Questions? Call Mrs. Sims at 515-681-6234, or email Have a great break!

ACT and general Math tutoring will be happening on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at City Voices studios, 4001 Ingersoll. Thanks to Kyle Johnson, of Principal Financial Group, for being so awesome and volunteering his time to help our students! Takes a village!

Applications are NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR! Below, find a link to a hard copy, which you will need to complete and return. NOTE: YOU MUST FILL THIS OUT AND RETURN EVEN IF YOU SIGN UP ONLINE! Enrollment slots are limited – get your application in early to make sure our program does not fill to capacity!

You may mail it to 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312, or call/text Mrs. Sims at 515-681-6234, and she will arrange to pick it up!

City Voices Registration 2017-18




INDIVIDUAL VOICE LESSONS – Instructor: arranged. Students receive a weekly, free, 30-minute private voice lesson with a highly qualified instructor. Times mutually arranged between student and teaching artist.

INDIVIDUAL GUITAR LESSONS – Instructors: Dang Felton, Dartanyan Brown. Students receive a weekly, free individual guitar lesson with a highly qualified instructor. Times mutually arranged between student and teaching artist.

KEYBOARD THEORY – Instructor: Chris Powell. This class will introduce you to keyboard skills, focusing on practical skills needed to begin to accompany yourself and play your part/songs. You will learn to read play and create music. You will learn music theory from contemporary and popular music based on the renowned Berklee College of Music’s PULSE online theory course, including video, audio and composition. Recommended for students who want to study music in college, or other interested students, all ages. Hours as arranged between student(s) and teaching artist.

COLLEGE PREP MUSIC THEORY – Instructors: Mary Anne Sims, staff. This class will study topics covered in a typical first-year college music theory class. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for students considering taking the AP Music Theory test, or those who plan to study music in college. High School. Time TBA, or mutually arranged.

“HOW TO COLLEGE” – Instructors: Varied. This occasional class will cover topics related to college including college search, application, financial aid, study habits, campus life, majors (music and other) and other issues. Highly recommended for high school, especially first-generation students. Parents welcome and encouraged to attend. As announced periodically.


Thinking about majoring in music? Check out this article with lots of helpful hints!

About Us. City Voices is a community-centered non-profit music education program that provides free voice lessons to eligible students who cannot otherwise afford them.

Voice Lessons. The core of City Voices centers around a thirty minute private lesson with professionally trained instructors. We are here to meet you where you are in your development.  We will contact you to arrange a lesson time around your schedule.

NOTE: When Des Moines Public Schools are canceled, there will be no lessons.  Make-up lessons may be scheduled later in the semester, with the agreement of both student and teacher.  Please call or text Mary Anne Sims with any questions.



Caroling – Saturday, November 25. 10:30 a.m. Ingersoll Avenue. (Meet at City Voices studio.)

Breakfast With Santa – Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.-noon. At The Tea Room, 713 Walnut Street, downtown Des Moines. (Top floor of the old Younkers building.)

Winter Recital – Sunday, December 10. Luther Memorial Church.


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