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Guitar Lessons in Bethesda and Potomac

If you are looking for the best guitar lessons in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, look no further! Voted best for Music Instruction by Washington Families and Best of Bethesda, the International School of Music guitar lessons offer all of the following:

  1. Engaging, fun lessons taught by top-rated teachers who tailor class instruction to meet each student’s individualized goals and interests.
  2. Trophies, certificates, and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.
  3. 80+ student performance opportunities throughout the year including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Strathmore.
  4. Flexible makeup schedule via 300+ group classes which offer well-rounded music education and fosters a community atmosphere for our students.
  5. Opportunity to participate in ISM ensembles and chamber programs.
  6. Month to month lessons without a long-term commitment.
  7. Excellent track record since 2004.
  8. Professional office staff seven days a week to serve you.
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Whether you want to learn Rock & Roll, jazz guitar, Bach, or a popular song on the radio, our top-rated guitar teachers are happy to help you become the guitarist you want to be, teaching you any guitar styles from classical to popular music. Our guitar faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight-reading, technique, and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. And, with a large guitar faculty, the International School of Music can always find a guitar teacher that matches your learning style and your goals so your musical journey is tailored to you!

The International School of Music in Bethesda and Potomac enables guitar students to develop high-level musical skills using a curriculum that is focused on solid fundamentals while also allowing students to play the music that they love and enjoy. Learning to play guitar has plenty of benefits and advantages that will make you excited to begin your guitar lessons in Bethesda or Potomac as soon as you can!

To learn more about our guitar lessons, contact the International School of Music today.

The International School of Music is currently offering Online Guitar Lessons as part of our distance learning program. Students can take virtual guitar classes with our top-rated guitar faculty from the comfort of their home! Our high-quality online guitar lesson program uses video conferencing systems like Skype or Zoom. All students need is a laptop or tablet, and a reliable internet connection and their instrument.

Our Guitar Teachers

The International School of Music’s faculty is made up of highly qualified and talented performers and teachers with worldwide concert and pedagogical experience. Our guitar teachers are highly knowledgeable in the art of teaching guitar to their students. Our teachers provide thorough instruction and guidance, explanations in methodology, and the dissection of terminology in guitar lessons. Further, our teachers are skilled in:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Banjo
  • Ukulele
  • Mandolin

Our teaching philosophy is rooted in 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. Our staff and faculty believe in the power of music — music that cultivates self-esteem, self-discipline, and creative thinking skills. This belief creates a positive atmosphere for learning, progress, and fun. All students are introduced to the traditions and styles that influenced different composers to help them build a foundation and deeper appreciation for music.

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Genres Our Guitar Lessons Are Offered In

There are tons of music genres and styles, and tons of guitar styles too! To make sure that every student is able to find the style they prefer, the International School of Music offers lessons in:

  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Country
  • Metal
  • Blues

And just about every other guitar style imaginable to students of all ages and levels!

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There are tons of music genres and styles, and tons of guitar styles too! To make sure that every student is able to find the style they prefer, the International School of Music offers lessons in:

  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Country
  • Metal
  • Blues
  • And just about every other guitar style imaginable to students of all ages and levels!
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Genres Our Guitar Lessons Are Offered In

Performance Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

We want to help your child excel in their instrument of choice, with the goal of showcasing their talents in performances. We believe that frequent performances in a friendly, informal atmosphere removes many symptoms of “stage fright” and gives students the opportunity to develop skills necessary for successful performance in other aspects of life. Students do not have to participate, but they are encouraged to, as participation is a fun way to showcase talents and support other students.

Students interact with peers by participating in performances, festivals, concerts, and masterclasses with faculty and other visiting artists. Recitals, included in the tuition, allow each student to display their achievements. Our piano students have unique performance opportunities, such as our Carnegie Hall, NY Honors Recital, our Passport Concert Series, as well as our Ambassador Community performances.

Learn More About Our Performance Opportunities

We want to help your child excel in their instrument of choice, with the goal of showcasing their talents in performances. We believe that frequent performances in a friendly, informal atmosphere removes many symptoms of “stage fright” and gives students the opportunity to develop skills necessary for successful performance in other aspects of life. Students do not have to participate, but they are encouraged to, as participation is a fun way to showcase talents and support other students.

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Programs

The International School of Music offers a variety of optional diploma and certificate programs to its students. These programs have been crafted to meet the needs of all students of all skill levels. They are valuable for students who want to deepen their musical involvement and education, attaining an especially high standard of performance and participation. Certification programs that apply directly to guitar students include the ISM Performance Evaluation Program, the ASTA, and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.

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Certificate Programs

The International School of Music offers a variety of optional diploma and certificate programs to its students. These programs have been crafted to meet the needs of all students of all skill levels. They are valuable for students who want to deepen their musical involvement and education, attaining an especially high standard of performance and participation. Certification programs that apply directly to guitar students include the ISM Performance Evaluation Program, the ASTA, and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.

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Beginner Guitar Lessons

Beginning how to learn any new instrument can be difficult, overwhelming, and confusing. This is totally fine and normal — if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. To ensure that beginner students are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, beginner students start working on simple songs, melodies, and chords, and work on sharpening their sight reading and theory.

Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Lessons

Guitar lessons for intermediate and advanced students focus on dynamics and musical interpretation, scales, arpeggios, and dexterity, while helping the student develop listening skills, left and right hand independence, coordination, reading skills and improvisational creativity.

All guitarists will learn to read tablature as well as standardized music notation, chords, finger picking, lead guitar, and rhythm technique. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that students are challenged with a new technique or theory concept in each lesson, but lessons always end with something fun, such as the student’s favorite song or riff. 

Guitar classes at the International School of Music are enhanced by multiple performing opportunities that allow students to showcase a solo performance in a recital or jam with other musicians, including a rock band or guitar ensemble. Young, old, experienced, or beginner students will all find that the International School of Music helps you develop strong guitar skills and reach your musical goals. And, when you are searching for guitar lessons near me, you’ll note that we are only minutes away from students in Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Chevy Chase and Washington D.C. 

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Interested in Taking Guitar Lessons?

If you are interested in taking guitar lessons but don’t know where to start, then contact the International School of Music today! We are devoted to providing our students with the best guitar lessons. With thorough and guided instruction, leadership, example, and support, your child will be learning how to play the guitar, and loving it! Check out a few testimonials from our students:

“ISM was a very enjoyable experience for both me and my daughter. The classes are fun and she feels like she is actually learning, and her progress is very clear, especially in the recitals. The staff is friendly and helpful. Recommend!” —Alexandra M

We love our guitar teacher, Brendan. He does an excellent job of incorporating music theory and education into an enjoyable lesson and practice experience for my teenager.” –John S.

All my kids started and are still taking classes there because we see the progress they continuously make.” –Samuel G.

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