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. Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, we may be offering virtual lessons only. 

For questions about private lessons, visit our FAQs page or contact Jim O’Malley.

Registration for Summer 2021 is open now! 2021 POMS Private Summer Lessons Registration

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

  • Sonny Barbato* (Accordion, Piano, Guitar)
  • Ken Budka (Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele)
  • Edith Epstein (Violin/Viola)
  • Alisa Granada* (Oboe/Flute/Clarinet)
  • Nate Harlan* (Drums, Percussion & Hand Percussion)
  • Leslie Havens* (Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet & Horn)
  • Renee Hemsing* (Violin)
  • Tsuyoshi Honjo* (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)
  • Craig Juricka* (Voice)
  • Solmaz Kafi (Piano)
  • Lili Kauffmann* (Voice)
  • Yoshiko Kline (Piano)
  • Phil Maffa* (Violin)
  • Kay Rooney Matthews* (Violin/Viola)
  • Brian McGravey* (Piano)
  • Randy McGravey* (Guitar/Ukulele)
  • Hannah Meloy* (Voice)
  • Amanda O’Malley* (Oboe)
  • Matt Ross (Electric & Acoustic Guitar)*
  • Daniel Smith* (Guitar & Bass)
  • Johann Soults* (Cello)
  • Derek Tanch* (Piano)
  • John Tanzer* (Percussion & Drums)
  • Sharon Trott-Reid* (Flute)
  • David Wolf* (percussion)


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,,
  • Music & Arts Center (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,