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Adopt a Musician

The DSO’s Adopt a Musician program is dedicated to enhancing the music education of fourth grade students in Dubuque and the tri-state area.

How it Began

What began in 2011 as a small pilot project in three fourth grade classrooms has expanded to a robust program serving 16 schools in the Dubuque Community School District, Holy Family Catholic Schools, and Platteville School District. DSO musicians are “adopted” by a fourth grade classroom, which they visit five times throughout the school year. The musicians serve as musical ambassadors, engaging students in discussion, music making and instrument demonstrations, creating a meaningful and personal experience for all involved.

We support your music teachers

“Adopted” musicians also support the work of the schools’ music teachers, working with them to plan visit content tailored to help students reach fourth grade standards and expectations in music.

Each school is able to adopt their DSO musician at no cost.

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Our goal is to continue expanding Adopt a Musician to more schools in the tri-state area. Check out the list of area schools below.

List of schools

Dubuque Community School District

  • Audubon Elementary
  • Bryant Elementary
  • Carver Elementary
  • Eisenhower Elementary
  • Fulton Elementary
  • Hoover Elementary
  • Irving Elementary
  • Kennedy Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Marshall Elementary
  • Prescott Elementary
  • Table Mound Elementary

Holy Family Schools

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Resurrection Elementary
  • St. Columbkille Elementary

Platteville, WI School District

  • Westview Elementary

Interested in adopting a musician at your school?

If you are interested in sponsoring a new “adopt” school and bringing this fantastic program to more fourth graders, please contact Kara Murphy.

Kara Murphy