Isabel Fairbanks


Isabel Fairbanks, String Department Advisor and Program Assistant

Describe your role at TBMS: My role as String Department Advisor gives me the opportunity to introduce beginning students to the violin, viola, or cello, and to connect a student returning to their instrument with a teacher who will help them revisit the joy of playing and practice. Here at TBMS I schedule string lessons, organize chamber music and group classes, and manage all string events.

Why is music important to you? As a musician and teacher I have seen how powerful music can be. Music is one of the few things that can create a connection between any two people; for that reason it makes a person more compassionate, empathetic, and whole. The study of music is an essential part of education – it builds confidence, assertiveness, and a strong work ethic. Through the process of learning how to play an instrument, students, both young and old, learn how to craft something that is beautiful and meaningful.

What is your background? I have been a cello teacher for the past 15 years and been in my role as String Department Advisor for five years. I have degrees in cello performance from Boston University and Manhattan School of Music.