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Individual instruction is at the heart of the ISM program and is available to students of all ages and abilities from beginners to advanced levels. With weekly ISM instruction, combined with commitment on the part of students and family support, progress can be rapid. Students experience the excitement and satisfaction that comes with full understanding and performance of great works of music. Our professional teaching staff is dedicated to making your child’s learning experience stimulating and fun. Teachers use a creative and nurturing approach that makes music enjoyable for your child. We offer private lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes in classical, jazz, popular, rock, folk and world music styles. Students can start private lessons any time of the year or month so there’s no need to wait to get started. Therefore, after an initial consultation with our Admissions office, the private lesson student is assigned to a faculty member whose teaching style most closely complements the student’s learning style and personality.
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The ISM's program provides a well-rounded musical education, and it includes:

  • Orientation session and consultations with program staff and faculty to discuss individual goals and lesson schedule

  • Weekly lessons tailored to meet those goals

  • World-renowned faculty with extensive teaching experience. Also, our teachers strive to relate their teaching to each individual student’s learning style.

  • Professional accompaniment provided for rehearsals and performances

  • Optional Student recitals and other performance opportunities (festivals, competitions, workshops)

  • Regular evaluation through written reports. Communication between students, parents and instructors is ongoing and includes progress reports at the end of academic year.

  • Optional Certificate/Diploma Programs (ISM Curriculum, National Piano Guild, ABRSM exams, ASTA, and more)

  • Professional Environment: School atmosphere and facilities

  • All styles: Students are able to choose from pop, jazz, rock, folk, Suzuki or classical instruction

  • Ensembles: Students can participate in numerous chamber and ensemble music groups, jazz combos and rock bands

  • Theory Classes discounted to students taking private lessons at ISM

  • Extensive Teaching Hours and Flexible Scheduling: ISM has the ability to schedule family members at the same time to avoid hours of waiting and driving to different teachers each month

  • Superb Customer Service: ISM administration is available to assist you during all teaching hours.


Click on the underlined categories below to find out more:

  • Keyboard: piano

  • Strings: cello, guitar (acoustic/electric/bass), harp, viola, violin, cello, banjo

  • Voice: classical, Broadway, jazz, pop/rock

  • Woodwinds: clarinet, saxophone, flute, piccolo, recorder, oboe, bassoon

  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, flugel horn, french horn, euphonium-baritone, trombone, tuba

  • Percussion: drumset, afro-Caribbean drums, mallet instruments, symphonic percussion

  • Theory: music theory, ABRSM theory, composition, improvisation, song-writing, jazz improvisation


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301.365.5888 (Next to Montgomery Mall)

301.657.0763 (Next to Friendship Heights)


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Our two locations serve communities of Bethesda, North Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Potomac, Cabin John, Kensington, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Washington DC, and Virginia.


The International School of Music (ISM North): 10450 Auto Park Ave. Bethesda MD 20817  |  Tel: 301.365.5888
The International School of Music (ISM South): 5110 Ridgefield Rd. Suite 104, Bethesda MD 20816  |  Tel: 301.657.0763


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