Private Music Instruction

One-on-one lessons with accomplished musicians.

The private music instruction program at Pomfret offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the world of music through 45-minute weekly lessons. In partnering with the Academic Office, Pomfret students are eligible to take private instruction for academic credit each term (fall, winter, spring). Lessons are scheduled during the academic day (lunch, free block), during afternoons or evenings, and on weekends. Scheduling is determined by the instructor and student. While consistent instruction is strongly encouraged, it is not required.

2017 LASELL VISITING ALUMNI

The Cost per term is $495.

Limited financial aid is available.

Samuel Beckwith

Samuel Beckwith

Director of Instrumental Music
Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns

Director of Music
Ning Chen

Ning Chen

Music Instructor
Wayne Gasiorek

Wayne Gasiorek

Music Instructor
Steve Lyons

Steve Lyons

Music Instructor
Caroline O'Dwyer

Caroline O'Dwyer

Music Instructor
Frederick  O'Neal

Frederick O'Neal

Music Instructor
Monica VanderBaan

Monica VanderBaan

Music Instructor

"Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education." 

— Yo-Yo Ma

Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns

Director of Music
Music has been a part of Ryan’s life since early childhood. He is the middle of three children, one whom has special needs. Singing became a way for his family to communicate with one another when everyday discourse became difficult. While he did not realize this at the time, these experiences would plant the seeds for his future work in the arts.

Ryan was heavily involved in singing and playing instruments throughout his early years of schooling, but it was not until college that he would realize his passion for classical voice. His sister was taking lessons at the time and after attending one of her vocal recitals, he decided that he wanted to give them a try. It did not take long before he was hooked. “While I love all different styles, I have always been drawn to the difficulty of singing classical music and in particular, opera. It takes a tremendous amount of vocal technique to sing it well. With that said, I believe that healthy technique can be applied to all types of music. I take this approach with all of my students.”

Ryan completed his doctorate of musical arts in 2017 and his master of music in 2012 from the University of Connecticut. He received a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Saint Anselm College in 2017. Since 2013, Ryan has served as a vocal instructor at the Pomfret School before becoming their Director of Music in the fall of 2018. He also serves as Program Coordinator for the JOY! Conservatory Program (UConn).

Ryan lives in South Windsor, Connecticut, with his wife, Katie, and their two children, Ellie and Jack.