Viola Lessons in Bethesda
Viola lessons at the International School of Music empower students by helping them form a deeper connection to the music they love and want to play. From J.S. Bach, to Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig Van Beethoven, the Suzuki method, Movie/Broadway themes, Pop/Rock music, or even Bluegrass/Fiddle, a student can learn it all at the International School of Music. Our Viola teachers utilize multiple String method programs in their teaching, and can also utilize the Suzuki method if the parent or student desires. Beginning viola students are taught to develop a proper and natural hold of the instrument and view it as a natural extension of the body. The names and pitches of the open strings and finger numbers are then explored, and bowing and finger positions are taught to enable the playing of simple melodies and exercises. Intonation, phrasing, and musicality are stressed early on to foster an increase in skill level and creative expression. The study of scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises propel the student forward so he or she will soon be able to choose styles of music that are the most exciting. Students may also engage in teacher duets to sharpen their ensemble playing and timing. Advanced students will study concertos and pieces from the solo repertoire to polish their performing and practicing skills. Whether playing solo, in a school orchestra, an audition orchestra, a rock band, or just for fun at home, students will receive a thorough Viola education in an environment of excellence and enjoyment.
Why take Viola Lessons with us?
With a large faculty and several teachers per instrument, we can find a teacher that fits each student’s learning style, and his/her musical goals. All students have the opportunity to discuss their individual goals and learning styles with faculty and staff so they are assigned to the piano instructor best suited for them.
The International School of Music provides a comprehensive and robust music education. Viola instruction is offered in all genres from classical, jazz, pop, rock, to folk, blues, and other genres. Our music lessons are offered to students of all ages & levels in all instruments & voice including piano lessons, violin lessons, guitar lessons, viola lessons, cello lessons, voice/singing lessons, flute lessons, drum lessons and more. Group classes, ensemble/chamber classes, our flute choir, fiddle band, guitar ensembles, string quartets, and early childhood music classes round out the selection of experiences offered.
We offer month to month lessons, so there are no semester minimums. Our flexible scheduling allows us to schedule family members simultaneously to save families hours of driving. Additionally, we offer over 300+ group classes annually, so students can make up any missed lessons.
The most highly qualified viola teaching faculty in the Washington metropolitan area
Our viola teachers are dedicated to tailoring music lessons to your interests by learning about your personal musical goals and helping you achieve them. Our viola instructors are graduates of prestigious institutions and have extensive experience teaching and performing.
Fantastic viola performance opportunities
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 viola students have unique performance opportunities, such as our Carnegie Hall, NY Honors Recital, our Passport Concert Series, as well as our Ambassador Community performances.
Charting students’ progress through written evaluations
Optional viola evaluations contribute to our students’ long term success and ensure that they progress. Optional Certificate/Diploma Programs are offered by ISM both through its own program and by meeting the standards of ABRSM, ASTA, National Piano Guild, NATS, MTNA and many other national organizations.