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Chord Theory

Certified Teachers

Solfege Ear Training

Age Appropriate Methods

We invite Des Moines-area children between the ages of 4 and 6 to come join us at Let's Play Music! Our creative and fun program introduces young students to the fundamentals of music. Help your children begin a wonderful musical journey with our foundational music theory program.  

Musical Talent Starts Here

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1st Year Student Materials - $91

(plus sales tax for AZ residents)

2nd Year Student Materials - $72

(plus sales tax for AZ residents)

3rd Year Student Materials - $79

(plus sales tax for AZ residents)

Student Materials

Crafted to

Educate & Engage

Specially crafted class materials, which are designed to help children become their musical best, are included in every semester of the Let's Play Music program. We believe, when they have access to the right tools, all children are musical.

We've Struck a Chord!

What Parents Are Saying about Let's Play Music!

I had heard great things about the program and decided to enroll my youngest. Oh, how I wish my older kids had had this program! He has learned SO much. As we are finishing up his 3rd year, I can honestly say I had no idea how much he would learn and be able to do! What a wonderful experience it has been! 

Cheryl M.

I love Let's Play Music! It turned my monotone singing son into a now 12-year-old who has sung solos and loves to sing in choirs! As a music teacher, I am amazed at the wonderful musical foundation that Let's Play Music gives its students. It is so fun and yet so comprehensive!

Amy S.

My kids have always loved music, but Let’s Play Music took them to the next level and has made them into mini musicians! I love this program because it develops a love of music in kids and helps them learn to be creative and explore music from a very young age.

Laura V.

I love the Let's Play Music program! I love the carefully thought out, step-by-step process of teaching music fundamentals to children through age-appropriate methods. This is truly a life-changing experience for children and their parents!

Linda H.

In Let’s Play Music classes, our Des Moines preschool music classes cover everything needed for comprehensive musicianship. Our programs go well beyond standard piano lessons. Our students also learn ear training, chord structure, classical music instruction, and sight singing.

Let's Play Music Teaches

Total Musicianship

Why Let's Play Music?

Our Flagship Curriculum

In the Let’s Play Music program, we teach advanced musical concepts in a fun and engaging fashion. Some core program components include sight-reading, chord recognition, and solfege. Learn more about each semester below.

In the second year of instruction, students start learning piano, harmonic improvisation, intervals, and chord notation. 

Second Year

Introduction to Keyboard

In their introductory year, students learn foundational components like reading, rhythm, and harmony. Our skilled instructors use songs, games, and tone bells to help students learn to appreciate music on a foundational level. Additionally, our preschool music classes in Des Moines introduce students to the autoharp during their first year. 

First Year

Keyboard Prep

In their third year, students begin composition and transposing. They also learn proper piano form in preparation for advanced music instruction.

Third Year

Piano Skills

First Year

Keyboard Prep

Second Year

Introduction to Keyboard

Third Year

Piano Skills

The Let's Play Music curriculum is centered in the teachings of the music masters Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze.  These men were revolutionist who changed the attitudes of teaching music to children.  Their philosophies are at the heart of our curriculum and you will see their methodologies in each detailed lesson plan.

Zoltán Kodály

In the Kodály Method children are first introduced to musical concepts through playful, natural experience. He emphasized the use of the folk song in all early music education, stating that they are the ‘mother tongue’ for teaching music.   Melodic patterning, the repetition of certain notes in a row, trains both the ear and the eye to read the patterns on the staff.  Adding solfeg handsigns and syllables further enhanced the learning experience. He used both folk music and songs that are based on the pentatonic scale to help teach the art of singing in tune.

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze

The Dalcroze method, taught in his Eurhythmics schools, is another approach music educators use to foster music appreciation, ear-training and improvisation while improving musical skills. In this method, the body is the main instrument.  Students learn rhythm and structure by listening to music and expressing what they hear through spontaneous bodily movement. (I.e. walking to quarter notes, skipping to dotted notes.)

Carl Orff

In the Carl Orff approach, children are taught concepts through improvisation, composition and a natural sense of play.  He taught using folk music and music composed by the children themselves.  All musical concepts were taught through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. He believed the order of instruments should be: 1. Body Percussion  2. Voice  3. Simple Percussion Instruments  4. Barred Instruments

(For example, our tone bell set is an Orff instrument!)

Let's Play Music was founded in great educational philosophies

Learning From the Masters

Program Costs

The Let’s Play Music program has two separate costs.
Upon enrollment, a student materials fee is due. The materials selected are among the best available and support complete music education. 
Tuition fees vary by location. For details on Des Moines-area music program tuition, please contact your local music instructor directly. Tuition fees are paid in monthly installments directly to your local instructor. The total cost includes parent communication, classroom instrument use, weekly classes, and an end-of-the-year recital. 

Ready to Begin?

Find a music teacher in the Des Moines area and get ready to watch your child thrive!

Find a teacher today!

Our certified preschool music class teachers in Des Moines are mentored and trained for three years to become teaching experts.

Explore our classes!

Learn more about our musical teachers & lessons in Des Moines below: 

Ages 0-4

We welcome children and their caregivers to start their musical journey during our introductory class. Sound Beginnings builds a solid music foundation at the preschool level using instrument play, movement, stories, nursery rhymes, singing, ear training, and solfege. Emotional security through parent bonding is woven into each class. 

Ages 7-12

Presto is our accelerated program for older children new to piano. From their first lesson, students learn appealing repertoire. Ear training, proper piano technique, music history, chord theory, composition, and solfege combine to produce fast results.

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