Family Music Center

Family Music Center

4.0 (1)
2 hires on
2 employees
101 years in business

About this pro

100 years, and we're still here, working on staying another year. My grandfather started our store in 1922; 45 years ago we merged with another store that was started in 1921. Dave and Dorothy Leach at your service; between us we can sell, rent, teach, and repair all band and orchestra instruments. We speak piquito Espanol. No mucho, pero tratamos. 

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Des Moines, IA 50315
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  • Aaron Mcdermott

    Good instruction for me being a beginner. Also after 2 months of instruction it got to be more business of other customers disrupting lessons I took. But on the other hand when this happened he extended the time for lost of sessions. Great pointers for picking strings and how to.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We have beginning music books that start with a few notes which we show you how to play, and then you are able to play an easy song like "Hot Cross Buns" at your first lesson. Except on drums. We can teach drummers either on the snare drum and/or bells that schools begin with, or on a full drum set. On guitar we can either help you learn one-string-at-a-time melodies, or chords with which you can accompany your singing. On every instrument we show you how to read music, and we show you in a way that makes it easy. Singers do well to learn an instrument like guitar or keyboard to accompany themselves and to "pick out" the notes they need to sing, although we can also coach singing technique using your accompaniment CD's. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Dave Leach: Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University. 2 years public school band directing experience, 2 years in Christian schools before returning full time to our family music store. Dorothy Leach: BA with music major from University of Northern Iowa, 6 years experience as a band director in public schools. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Half hour: $17. One hour: $30. 

How did you get started teaching?

Dave Leach began teaching students when he was in high school, in his grandfather's music store. Dorothy Leach also began in high school, teaching large accordion classes. With that income she paid off her college tuition. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds, from 3 years old to 90. From those who practice hardly at all to those who practice an hour or two a day. From those who quit after a few lessons to those who go on to major in music in college. We appreciate them all.