The Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM) is a non-profit community organization located in Dubuque, Iowa that makes music education and enrichment accessible to all.
NISOM offers private lessons, group classes, two adult performance ensembles, community concerts, free youth programs in downtown Dubuque, and more. NISOM frequently partners with other organizations to provide programming, including lessons for college credit in partnership with area schools. NISOM’s largest program is weekly instruction through private lessons, which are available in piano, voice, guitar, composition, and band and orchestra instruments. No audition or experience is required, and scholarship assistance is available. The 20 NISOM faculty members collectively have over 300 years of teaching experience. Other current programs include Dubuque Community String Orchestra, New Horizons Band, Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers, free guitar classes at the Dubuque Dream Center, and ChamberFest Dubuque, which is led by NISOM alumnus Michael Gilbertson, who was a 2018 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Organized and incorporated in February 2001, NISOM began teaching classes and lessons in August of that year. In 2005, NISOM was certified by the National Guild for Community Arts Education through a comprehensive evaluation. More recently, the Dubuque community recognized NISOM’s impact in two notable ways. In 2016, NISOM was honored through a mayoral proclamation, and in 2017, NISOM won an Impact Award from Dubuque365 for making a significant and lasting impact on the community.