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Music At Rectory School

Rectory's COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Music at Rectory School (MARS) lessons for non-Rectory students will be remote in order to reduce outside contact with Rectory's community. Rectory students can continue lessons onsite. Please contact Patrick McCarthy for information. 

Music At Rectory School (MARS) is our unique after-school program that brings high quality music instruction to Rectory students and non-Rectory students throughout our local community in northeastern Connecticut. Weekly, private lessons from accomplished musicians accommodate any level of musical development. Instruction is available on most band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, guitar, and voice. The MARS faculty are experienced music instructors and performers from the area.

Patrick McCarthy is the Music At Rectory School (MARS) Coordinator. Patrick has been teaching History, English, and Language Skills at Rectory since 2007, and he has been part of the Music program since that time as a volunteer assistant to the choral and theater programs at the school. Patrick is an active educator, as well as a performer with several groups based in Northeast Connecticut. Please feel free to contact Patrick with any questions regarding the MARS program or the registration process:


The mission of the Music at Rectory School program is to provide high quality music instruction to the members of the northeast Connecticut community. The program seeks to be a resource to the local community for performing arts instruction of all levels while carrying out the creed of The Rectory School: Respect, Responsibility, Honest, and Compassion.


  • Teachers are expected to provide high quality private music instruction while carrying out The Rectory School creed: Responsibility, Respect, Honesty, and Compassion. The teachers will:
  • Begin lessons promptly at the scheduled time.
  • Contact parents and students ahead of time if he/she will have any schedule conflicts, and will arrange for a make-up lesson.
  • Provide parents with a contact phone number so that they can reach him/her if they need to reschedule in case of emergency.
  • Notify parents if the student requires books or supplies.
  • Communicate successes or concerns with parents.


Students are expected to attend lessons with a positive attitude and a desire to learn while embracing the Rectory School creed: Responsibility, Respect, Honesty, and Compassion. The students will:

  • Arrive to the lessons on time.
  • Arrive to the lessons with the appropriate instruments and materials.
  • Contact the teacher at least 24 hours before the lessons if he/she will need to reschedule.
  • Communicate with parents and the teacher is he/she has any questions or concerns.

MARS Registration

All private lessons run for nine weeks of weekly lessons. Most are for thirty minutes; however, more experienced students find that a forty-five or sixty-minute lesson is necessary. Students are expected to attend all lessons regularly and must notify the teacher in advance of any schedule conflicts. Lessons cancelled on the day of the lesson may not be able to be made up. If a student does not show for a lesson, the teacher is not obligated to make it up.

MARS Registration

Send to:
The Music At Rectory School Program
P.O. Box 68
528 Pomfret Road
Pomfret, CT 06258
Phone: 860-963-7640
Email Patrick McCarthy:

MARS Tuition

Tuition is $315 for 9 lessons with a one-time registration fee of $20.00 per academic year. Lessons begin on a rolling basis and the tuitions covers 30-minute private lessons. Tuition must be paid by the start of the first lesson. There are also 45-minute and 60 minute lessons available. The pricing for lessons is as follows:

30-minute lessons: $315
45-minute lessons: $425
60-minute lessons: $515


There is a limited number of scholarships available to students who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship was created and is maintained through the efforts of the music faculty who perform at a concert each February to raise the funds. The MARS program uses the assistance of the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) to determine a student's eligibility for scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please contact Jill Borbeau at TEEG, (860) 923-3458 or


Students are responsible for supplying their own instruments during the lessons (exceptions: drums and piano) as well as any books required by the instructor. Anyone interested in renting an instrument can call Gerry’s Music Shop, (800) 724-7402. Be sure to mention Rectory School in arranging your rental. Gerry’s can also provide supplies such as reeds, strings, and books. Please call them directly for your supply needs, and they will be happy to deliver them to the school. All deliveries are made free of charge on Wednesdays during the school year. The school receives no profit from any sales or rentals through Gerry’s Music Shop. The following website is also useful for finding sheet music and method books for piano and other instruments: