Brass Department

ISM brass program offers private instruction in the following instruments:

  • Trumpet, Cornet, Bugle, Flugelhorn
  • Trombone
  • French horn
  • Euphonium/Baritone
  • Tuba

ISM offers private instruction in trumpet, trombone, tuba, cornet, flugelhorn, euphonium/baritone, and French horn. Students for these instruments usually are ages 9 or older as they need to have developed a great lung capacity and in the case of the tuba need to be big enough to hold the instrument. ISM is proud to have some of the finest brass faculty in the Washington Metro area who can help students enhance their skills for their school band program or develop advanced skills for solo repertoire.

In an introductory brass lesson, instructors focus on sound production and manipulation of the embouchure using the tongue, jaw and facial muscles. Next the student will learn basic fingerings or slide positions. They will practice scales and intervals, trying to move smoothly from one note to the next. As our students advance, exercises for breath control, finger dexterity, articulation, and embrochure control are introduced. Eventually more advanced techniques like trilling, note bending, double-tonguing, and circular breathing are introduced. Additionally, students develop sight reading skills, technique, and repertoire. They are also encouraged to analyze, interpret, and expand on their knowledge of music theory. In addition to helping students prepare for concerts, competitions, and ISM evaluations, all brass students are invited to perform in ISM recitals.

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