The mission of ISM is to provide a nurturing environment while developing and enhancing the music skills of its students. We believe that an education in the arts is one of the most essential and enriching experiences a child, youth or adult can enjoy. ISM is dedicated to providing students with an exceptional educational and artistic experience while fostering a lifelong appreciation of and commitment to excellence in music. ISM also strives to foster creative expression, promote personal enrichment and encourage a love of music.
With a distinguished faculty of over 100 artist/teachers, The International School of Music provides students with a rich and varied music education experience. Private instruction is offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, percussion/drums, flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, harp, guitar, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, euphonium/baritone, trombone, and tuba to students of all ages and levels. ISM's musical training includes Western Classical to jazz, opera, musical theater, folk and popular music. The ISM student has the benefit of outstanding individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles. The continuously evolving curriculum currently includes classical music programs, summer programs, chamber ensembles, recitals, competitions, diploma program, Early Childhood Music and Adult Program. Each student is encouraged to join ensembles, enroll in theory/composition, or attend workshops and perform frequently by participating in recitals, competitions, or certifications. Excellence, accessibility, and the joy of music-making in an environment that gives real meaning to the world community--these are the qualities that bring hundreds of students and their families to the ISM each year. We pride ourselves on the high standards we keep, while providing a music education that is warm, and supportive yet disciplined. At ISM we offer a carefully balanced program that will stimulate every aspect of your student's musical development to achieve his or her personal best.
The teaching philosophy of ISM is founded on the belief that a good musical education not only instills strong musical and technical fundamentals, but also fosters a true appreciation for the arts in general. At ISM, staff and faculty believe in the power of music - music that cultivates self-esteem, self-discipline, and creative thinking skills. This belief, and the teaching style derived from it, fosters a positive atmosphere for learning, progress, and fun. All students are introduced to the traditions and styles that influenced different composers. Teachers focus on the links between music, art, and everyday life so that students learn to perceive the hidden meanings and imagery in music. This understanding enables students to delve deeply into the heart of their music by creating their own personal interpretations. Our faculty takes special care to tailor lessons to each student's individual needs and goals so they can develop as versatile musicians. Students develop technical, aural, and rhythmic skills and are encouraged to analyze, interpret, compose, and sight-read. For older and more advanced students, ISM focuses on musical clarity and power, technical facility, refinement of their musical palette, and an understanding of musical structure. Due to this holistic approach, our students have received superior ratings in music festivals, auditions, and competitions. Some students have even become professional musicians themselves and have been accepted at premier music colleges and conservatories in the United States and abroad.