About DMV Music Academy


DMV Music Academy was founded by Executive Director and CEO, Don Johns, in 2018.  The academy started out as a summer percussion workshop in Hyattsville, Maryland, featuring faculty from the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band, and The Cadets, and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. 


DMV Music Academy features 3 Music Programs 


​Our music programs feature workshops, masterclasses, wellness classes, clinics, and instruction led by top faculty and performers throughout the region.

DMV Music Academy features 4 Resident Ensembles

Our Professional Development programs include clinics and workshops designed to support K-12 as well as college music educators.

Our Enrichment Programs include Koru Mindfulness Meditation for Musicians.


The "DMV"—the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia—is home to broad, diverse communities and neighborhoods that offer arts & culture, historical landmarks, and museums.  The Washington Metropolitan Area includes the whole District of Columbia, along with various districts within Maryland and Virginia. Hence, it’s nick name, the DMV.  It is officially ranked the 9th biggest Metropolitan Area in the United States.


Our Mission

DMV Music Academy offers excellent music education, performance, professional development, and enrichment programs to all residents of the DMV Region.

Our four program areas are designed to support an inclusive community of lifelong music learners, performers, teachers, and listeners.

Program Areas

Music Academies

Resident Ensembles

Professional Development

Enrichment Programs


"Music is the Universal Language of Mankind"

 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Core Values






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Our Vision

To use the transformative power of music to connect, enrich lives, and shift the artistic landscape to foster a culture of inclusion and social justice.

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