Northeast Iowa School of Music

A nonprofit organization

Northeast Iowa School of Music is a non-profit community organization located in Dubuque, Iowa that makes music education and enrichment accessible to all. Winner of the 2017 365ink Impact Award for music, Northeast Iowa School of Music is a certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Instructional programs are available for preschoolers through senior citizens. No experience or audition is required and scholarship assistance is available to those who qualify. Our school believes that life and health are enriched by life-long learning and participation in music. We believe that all people deserve this opportunity, regardless of financial obstacles.

Northeast Iowa School of Music also believes that music is meant to be shared. In addition to instruction, the school provides our community outreach programs and a variety of community events. This includes concerts such as the free Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers concerts, free and low-cost classes for youth in downtown Dubuque, adult performance ensembles, and a variety of free concerts.


"Dubuque is very fortunate to have such a school in a community of this size. My time at Northeast Iowa School of Music both as a student and teacher played a pivotal role in where I ended up today." -Matthew B. (lawyer)

"[Music has] always been a refuge for me, and I think at least part of that comes from getting my start at Northeast Iowa School of Music." -- Jo D.

"If it wasn't for Northeast Iowa School of Music and the variety of lessons offered there, I doubt I would have become a composer. I remember reading that Tracey Rush offered composition lessons, and I insisted that my parents let me take them. Those first composition lessons helped establish the foundation of my future musical pursuits." -- Derek J.

"Schools across the country are dropping their music education programs, slowly degrading the quality of education and culture in our country. The importance of quality music schools like Northeast Iowa School of Music cannot be overstated." -Nicole M.

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Organization name

Northeast Iowa School of Music

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Arts & Culture


2728 Asbury Rd Suite 200
Dubuque, IA 52001