Our world class instructors combine high quality musical skill with
a nurturing and friendly approach to teaching music. Most
importantly, they strive to relate their teaching to each student’s
individual learning style and personality.
Private lessons ensure that the student has the undivided attention
of the teacher and can progress at a level suited to his or her
musical ability. In order to fit the student’s personality and
learning style, ISM has several teachers for each instrument.
Students are able to choose from pop, jazz, rock, folk or classical
Early Childhood Music Program
Small group music and movement classes expose infants, toddlers, and
preschoolers to the basics of music in a fun supportive group
environment. This program builds a solid foundation for later
success in private lessons.
All Ages – Beginners to Advanced
Our current students range from 0 years old to their 70’s. We take
great care to teach what you want to learn so that music is
rewarding for students of all ages and levels.
Extensive Teaching Hours and
ISM has the ability to schedule lessons for two or more family
members at the same time to avoid hours of waiting and driving to
different teachers each month.
ISM faculty can fully prepare interested students for exams and
evaluations offered by its own ISM curriculum in addition to the
Royal School of Music, American String Teacher Association and
National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians.
These exams allow students to perform in front of the faculty, after
which they receive comments on their playing as well as diplomas. We
have helped hundreds of students complete exams successfully.
However, if students choose to learn their instruments
recreationally, they do not need to take exams.
Regular Concerts, Recitals and other
Students are given numerous opportunities to perform at many
recitals, festivals, competitions, workshops, etc., which provide
them with motivation, confidence and performance experience. All of
our music recitals have free admission, so the whole family and
friends can attend and enjoy the performances.
Orientation Session and Trial Lesson
All students have the opportunity to discuss their individual goals
with faculty and staff.
Superb Customer Service
ISM's desk staff is available to assist you during all teaching
hours, every day (weekday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday 9
a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Focus on Teaching
Weekly lessons are tailored to meet your goals. At the school-all we
do is teach. We do not sell or rent instruments of music. This
leaves us focused on one thing – providing the highest quality
musical instruction to ensure students learn in the manner that is
best suited for them.
Charting Your Progress
ISM Faculty provides regular evaluations through written reports.
Professional Accompanist available
Accompanists are provided to make rehearsals and performances easier
and more convenient.
Students can participate in numerous chamber and ensemble music
groups, jazz combos, and rock bands.
School Atmosphere and Facilities
ISM is small and intimate, which ensures that students develop close
mentoring relationships with their teachers. School facilities
provide an atmosphere for study and an exciting place to meet other
music students. Also, students at ISM experience a unique
camaraderie with their colleagues. With a small student body
representing over two dozen nations, students make new friends and
share diverse musical heritages together.
Our community of extraordinary musicians include a diverse
student/faculty body from over two dozen countries.
Classes are taught in theory, harmony, counterpoint, composition,
and analysis to supplement private instrumental studies.
Two Convenient Locations and Free
With 2 locations in Bethesda, ISM offers convenience as well as free
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Strings: cello, guitar (acoustic/electric/bass),
harp, viola, violin, cello, banjo
Voice: classical, Broadway, jazz, pop/rock
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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trial lesson call 301.365.5888
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(Next to Montgomery Mall)
(Next to Friendship Heights)