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Qualified, Caring Music Teachers
Open House classes are a regular means of keeping parents up to date
with class work. Seen here, ISM Choir Director Terri leads an
Open House class for parents.
We do not sell books or rent instruments – teaching is our focus and providing the skills for a lifetime enjoyment of music our mission.
Each member of our Faculty is carefully selected based on extensive teaching experience and the ability to work with the specific needs of our students. While music-making is at the heart of the lesson, it is always the unique goals of each student - whether a five-year old beginner piano student, an adult voice student, or budding songwriter - that constitute the focal point of instruction.
Our Faculty holds university degrees – many with Master’s or even Doctorate degrees in their area of specialization - from the most distinguished conservatories and music schools, including:
ISM Guitar faculty George instructs an adult student in a weekly private lesson.
As performers, they have been featured on Glee, performed with Alicia Keys at the Grammy’s, performed chamber music at Banff, sang Opera at major music festivals in Europe, and have been featured in publications the likes of the New York Times.
Because we have 20+ music teachers on our faculty, we can accommodate the needs of students of all ages and levels, from toddlers in our early childhood program to adult students and everyone in between.
Ongoing training and Accountability
Positive reinforcement is fundamental to good teaching and is particularly
essential to effective early childhood education. Seen here, ISM pre-piano
faculty Saousan with a 3.5 year old pre-piano student.
In addition to their extensive teaching experience, our faculty receives ongoing teacher training, from early childhood music education, to effective ways of teaching students with learning disabilities, to effective teaching methods for teenager and adults. There is a sense of community and camaraderie amongst the faculty as they frequently share teaching tips that have been tried and tested. Furthermore, our School Director is in frequent communication with the faculty about student progress and conducts regular evaluations to ensure the highest level of teaching and accountability.
Teaching the Core Curriculum
ISM Violin Faculty Mona leads a workshop for new students and parents.
In addition to passing on their unique knowledge of music and their instrument, the faculty at the Irvine School of Music is committed to teaching the Core Curriculum, an integration of healthy technique, listening (aural skills) development, and theoretical knowledge; this strong foundation empowers students with the skills to tackle advanced music as well as a variety of musical idioms, including Classical, Jazz, and Pop.