Private Lessons

The Bedford public schools offer group music lessons during school hours. Currently, string instrument lessons are offered to students beginning in 4th grade, and band instrument lessons are offered to students beginning in 5th grade. Check with your child’s school to ask what other group music lessons might be offered during school hours.

POMS (Patrons of Music Students) is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers which offers any school-age child living in Bedford the opportunity to study locally with a professional musician. The music lessons are available after school approximately 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. weekdays. Thirty-, forty-five- and sixty-minute lessons are available through POMS. The lessons are held at the Bedford Public Schools depending on room availability. Note that transportation to and from these lessons is not provided by POMS or by the Bedford Schools.

The registration form for 2017-2018 can be found here:
2017-2018 POMS Private Lessons Registration 18Aug17

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For questions about private lessons, please contact Jim O’Malley.

Here is the current list of private-lesson music teachers. Teachers marked with an asterisk are accepting new students this year.

  • Ken Budka (Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele)
  • Edith Epstein* (Violin/viola)
  • Katherine Fuller (Voice)
  • Alisa Granada* (Oboe/flute/clarinet)
  • Leslie Havens* (Trombone, tuba, euphonium, trumpet, and horn)
  • Christopher Hestor* (Voice)
  • Tsuyoshi Honjo* (Saxophone, Clarinet)
  • Solmaz Kafi (Piano)
  • Keyhan Kamelian* (Piano)
  • Lili Kauffmann* (Voice)
  • Yoshiko Kline (Piano)
  • Stephanie Kreutz (Voice)
  • Kay Rooney Matthews* (Violin/Viola)
  • Matt Ross* (Electric & Acoustic Guitar)
  • Johann Soults* (Cello)
  • Derek Tanch* (Piano)
  • John Tanzer* (Percussion & Drums)
  • Sharon Trott-Reid* (Flute)


If you need to rent or buy an instrument, POMS recommends several local dealers.

  • Leonards Music (orchestra and band instruments; will deliver to Bedford schools)
    128 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730, 781-271-1189,,
  • East Cambridge Piano (Pianos and tuning and repair)
    343 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145, 617-354-4061,,
  • Coffey Music & Arts Centers (all instruments),
    273 Lenox Street, Norwood, MA 02062, 781-769-7543,
  • Johnson Strings
    11 John Street, Newton Center, MA 02159, 617-964 0954,
  • The Minor Chord (cellos, guitars, keyboards, violas violins)
    222 Great Road, Littleton, MA 01460, 978-486-0112,
  • Spencer Brook Strings
    9 Linden Street, Maynard, MA 01754, 978-897-6382,