ensembles & bands

Participation in ensemble groups is an enriching part of every young musician's development. Participation in these groups nurtures musicianship and reinforces reading and listening skills. Students also develop awareness of blending and balance, and the ability to listen to one's own music and music of other students at the same time. Students in our Ensembles & Bands program
study repertoire from the works of Baroque through Contemporary composers in addition to popular styles. At rehearsals we stress intonation, communication, rhythmic security and cooperation. Frequent ensemble performances at ISM and beyond provide students an opportunity to bond with their fellow performers while having fun.
Please note: Formation of chamber groups (trios, quartets, and larger groups) is dependent on students' playing ability, compatibility, and instrumentation.

15 week semester, 45 min. classes

$390 ($360 for ISM students taking private lessons)

Fall Session Starts Sept. 19 Spring Session Starts Feb. 1



Adult Chamber Ensemble: Beginner/Intermediate (ISM North)

For adult amateur musicians. Join fellow instrumentalists for a semester of stimulating instruction and enriching ensemble experience. Open to string, woodwind, and piano students. Ensemble groups meet once a week for coaching sessions with an ISM faculty member. This course provides an opportunity for artistic and personal growth in a friendly, supportive atmosphere where participants can improve their skills and have a chance to perform in public.

Mondays 8:15pm Spring 2017 Register Tuition: $360


Intermezzo Flute Choir (ISM South)

Flute choir offers flute students the opportunity to expand their musical experiences and improve technical and interpretative skills in a group setting. Repertoire, ranging from duets to full flute choir, includes a wide variety of eras and styles and is suited to the proficiency and level of the participants. Students develop ensemble technique, intonation, blend, and balance, and become acquainted with standard chamber music repertoire. This ensemble provides a good learning experience, lots of fun, and numerous performance opportunities.

Wednesdays 8:00pm Spring 2017 Register Tuition: $360


Jazz Band (ISM North)

Study a truly American art form! Students will trace the jazz influence on all forms of music, giving special consideration to swing, bebop, big band and blues. Special emphasis will be placed on scales, chords, blues progressions and other music theory as related to composition and improvisation. Open to woodwinds, brass, piano, strings, singers, and percussion students.

Thursdays 6:00pm Spring 2017 Register Tuition: $360


Guitar Ensemble (ISM North)

This ensemble is designed for school-age children with a love of guitar and interest in going beyond solo work to a new collaborative level. It offers a weekly opportunity to play alongside other motivated guitarists and gain experience working in a group environment.

Mondays 6:00pm Spring 2017 Register Tuition: $360


Fiddle Club (ISM North)

Fridays 6:15pm Spring 2017 Register Tuition: $360


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