Iowa Makes Music

From the Top has teamed up with Orchestra Iowa to celebrate the excitement and joy of kids making classical music through Iowa Makes Music, a multi-faceted residency funded by the United States Department of Education.

Since the fall of 2008, the Iowa Makes Music project has encompassed a number of live events and education programs. This includes From the Top radio tapings in communities throughout Iowa (to date From the Top radio shows have been presented in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ames and Iowa City), school visits led by Iowa teens, resources for teachers, and an arts leadership program where high school musicians are trained and supported as they create their own community outreach programs.

Iowa Makes Music components:

  • Two annual tapings in Iowa of From the Top's radio show. Tapings for the 2010-2011 season are scheduled for Davenport on October 12, 2010 in cooperation with the Quad City Symphony; and Cedar Falls on March 30, 2011, in cooperation with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. In addition, From the Top presented a special non-broadcast concert in Parkersburg on October 13, 2010.

  • Arts Leadership Program provides high school age classical musicians with intensive arts leadership training and one-on-one mentorship empowering students to develop and lead their own arts leadership project in their home communities. Keep up with our Arts Leaders on their blog!

  • In-school performances and demonstrations with young musicians

  • From the Top made 1,000 Teacher Kits available free of charge to teachers across Iowa.
  • Artist-in-Residence Program brings the excitement of music making directly into classrooms with Orchestra Iowa musicians.