String Department

Our string program offers private instruction in the following instruments:

  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass
  • fiddle
  • harp

All styles from classical to jazz, pop, and folk are being offered to students of all ages and abilities, be they beginners or very advanced. We have wide range of students: students who want to play just for fun, students who excel with the Royal School of Music curriculum or students who need to prepare for a career in music. Since we have many teachers on the faculty, we are able to match students with a teacher that works best with their particular age, ability and interest.

The String Program at ISM begins with music notation reading, proper technique, and attention to intonation in order to enable students for solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. Additionally, students are taught specialized right and left hand techniques: bow hold, bow stroke, articulation, pizzicato, shifting exercises (position changes), vibrato, etc. Lessons also incorporate music theory, sight reading, ear training, and memorization. Students are taught various bowings, sound production, fingering, vibrato, position changes, dexterity, and musicianship. Lessons also incorporate music theory and ear training.

Suzuki and other method books are used in addition to recital repertoire to promote enjoyment, excellence and creativity. As students progress, our faculty introduces a broad repertoire: method books, technical and tonal studies, scales, and pieces from the standard solo repertoire of sonatas, concertos, and virtuoso pieces. The goal of the strings program is to give students a love of music within a comprehensive program that is flexible to individual needs.

Students perform solo pieces with an accompanist for the optional annual winter and spring formal recitals. Proper performance etiquette is emphasized. The opportunity to participate in a small ensemble is available throughout the academic year. Yearly evaluations are completed for each student in order to monitor progress. Students at ISM are encouraged to participate in the optional ISM Evaluation Program, American String Teacher Association (ASTA) certificate program, and/or the Associate Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) exams. Certificates awarded by level serve as markers of progress through these curriculae.

To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888


  • Engaging, creative & fun lessons
  • Over 100 nurturing, experienced world-class instructors
  • Choose from classical, jazz, pop, rock, folk, etc.
  • Lessons in all instruments & voice for all ages & levels
  • Customized lessons for your individual musical goals
  • Fun performance opportunities
  • Optional Certificate preparations
  • Charting students' progress through written evaluations
  • Convenient & flexible lesson times to fit your busy schedule
  • Ability to schedule family members simultaneously
  • Free professional concert series
  • Program Coordinators available to guide you & assist you
  • Ensembles & band opportunities
  • Professional accompanist provided for students