The Des Moines Public Schools music programs are highly acclaimed, and offer a comprehensive variety of music classes at all levels.

Students in K-5 all participate in general music which consists of singing, instrument playing, music reading, dancing, and more.

Beginning in 5th grade, students can choose a string instrument, and in 5th they may choose a band instrument.

Middle school music varies throughout the district and includes general music, vocal music (chorus), band, and orchestra.

High school musicians can choose band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, jazz choir, show choir, and unique offerings such as gospel choir, steel drums, African drums – or mariachi!