private instruction

Private lessons are a key component in reaching one's full potential as a musician. Working one on one with ISM's skilled and supportive faculty, students explore their individual talents and interests. We strongly believe that the right match of student and teacher is vital to a student's progress, ability to learn, and enjoyment of music.
After an initial consultation, our coordinators will recommend a faculty member whose teaching style most closely complements the student's learning style and personality. We offer private lessons of 30, 45, or 60 minutes in classical, jazz, popular, rock, folk and world music styles. Students can start private lessons any time of the year or month.

To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888
Registration is ongoing throughout the year.

Private Music Lessons are offered in:

violin acoustic clarinet classical
viola electric saxophone Broadway
cello ukulele flute jazz
bass banjo recorder pop
harp bass bassoon rock
fiddle mandolin oboe folk
keyboard symphonic trombone improvisation
piano mallet french horn ABRSM theory
  drumset tuba composition
    euphonium music theory


To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888


  • No Long-Term Commitment (lessons go month by month)

  • Open Enrollment - Start Lessons Anytime! Tuition is prorated

  • Call to schedule a Trial lesson

  • Convenient Weekly Scheduling for Multiple Family Members

  • Distinguished international faculty with extensive teaching and performance experience


Private lesson tuition:

  • 30 minutes - $51

  • 45 minutes - $76.50

  • 60 minutes - $102


Miscellaneous fees:

  • Non-refundable registration fee: $38 (one per family)

  • Late payments or returned checks: $25 late fee

  • End of Year Performance Evaluations fee: $25

  • Accompaniment fee for a 15 min rehearsal: $25

Students must supply their own instruments. ISM is happy to refer students to local music stores for instrument purchase or rental.

Gift Certificates: ISM offers gift certificates in any amount for lessons or classes at the International School of Music. Call 301.365.5888 for information.

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