Since 2004, the International School of Music has been serving the communities of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Rockville and the rest of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The International School of Music has been voted Best in Music Instruction by Washington Families and by U.S. Commerce Association. Its top-rated instructors are hired not just for their performance and teaching experience but also for their creative and nurturing approach that makes music lessons fun and engaging. Lessons are custom tailored to fit students’ needs and musical aspirations. Teachers are versatile, so they can accommodate instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, pop, rock, folk, blues, Broadway music and more.

The International School of Music offers individual music instruction in voice and all instruments (piano, violin, guitar, viola, cello, flute, drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, banjo, ukulele, etc.) in addition to preschool music programs for toddlers and preschoolers, ISM Ensemble Music Program and an Adult Music program. Music lessons are offered to students of all ages (children, teens and adults) and all levels of ability (from beginners to advanced).

The school’s engaging and flexible curriculum provides structure and goals, motivating students to do their best. Students receive trophies, certificates, ribbons and medals celebrating their achievement and progress in their studies. ISM provides a wonderful music community where students can collaborate with other musicians; play in ensembles or bands; attend group classes, workshops and master classes; and participate in their Ambassador Program which offers students the opportunity to perform in nursing homes and nearby community places. 

ISM offers fantastic performance opportunities, from casual student recitals to honors concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In fact, the International School of Music performed its recital recently at in the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center this past December. The upcoming Carnegie Hall performance is July 13, 2019.

“We wanted to build a school program that responds to the community’s needs and provides music education that children will love for the rest of their lives,” says Inja Stanic, president of the International School of Music.

Their programming helps children of all abilities and ages flourish and serves to supplement musical education students receive at their public or private schools. President Stanic stresses the significance of musical education.

 “It’s part of a well-rounded education that teaches students social and analytical skills.”.

The International School of Music has a wonderful early childhood education program. Learning music is best learned early just like learning a language. Classes help young children develop an understanding of how music works using games and dancing. Kids learn fundamental concepts of music and learn to make distinctions between fast and slow tempos and high and low notes while developing fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Plus, they learn how to listen to music. Early ear training skills are honed almost automatically similar to a language immersion program. Their youngest students have enjoyed traveling on a musical voyage and learning about the vast array of musical instruments. This also helps to develop their worldview and understanding of various cultures.

Kids ages 3 to 10 years old can partner with their parents in class. It is a lovely way for parents to bond with their children. There is also a Keyboard Kaleidoscope class for 4- to 5-year-olds and a Glee Club for 4- to 7-year-old students that teaches singing with group movement.

ISM has two convenient locations Summer Place in Bethesda, and their new location in Cabin John Village opened last month (previously at Montgomery Mall). Additionally, as a convenience to parents, they have the ability to schedule siblings and family members simultaneously.

President Stanic mentions that some of their graduates are touring all over the world as professional musicians, and some former students are teaching their own students. She is proud to say that all students have moved on from the experience with fond memories. Although some students do not have goals to become a professional musician or have a musical career, their lives have been enriched as a result of the experience. Students cherish the notable lessons they have learned at International School of Music, many of which have been translated into life lessons. Learn more at