Ryan Van Scoyk

Ryan V.

Littleton, CO

Lesson Details



Ryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2005

Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is based in the Denver/Boulder, CO area. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to principal chairs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fareed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo, the Black Diamond Quartet, and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released in early 2016. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.

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Recording Engineer
Aug 2012 - Present

• Recording engineer for student recitals, auditions, and demo recordings.
• Extensive use of Logic Pro 9 for recording, editing, and mastering.
• Recorded and mastered several full-length CD’s, including the Promethean Quartet’s debut album Through Adam’s Fall.

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Business Manager, Baritone Saxophonist, and Staff Arranger
Aug 2012 - Present
Promethean Quartet

• Organizes performances and auditions, as well as managing the group’s finances.
• Developed the group’s educational outreach program, including at 5-state tour of performances and masterclasses for students from sixth grade through graduate school.
• Arranged several new works for this ensemble, including a quartet reduction of Percy Grainger’s iconic band work, Lincolnshire Posy.

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Woodwind Specialist
Jun 2005 - Present

• Saxophone, clarinet, and flute lessons, and well as instruction in jazz improvisation
• Taught for the elite CCM Preparatory Department, 2012-Present
• Studio includes up to 16 elementary, middle, and high school students.
• Students given the opportunity to perform in solo and chamber recitals several times throughout the year, including a regularly rehearsing quartet for the most advanced students.
• Woodwind Specialist for Grandview High School, Cooper High School, and Huntington High School

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Director of Contemporary Music
Aug 2009 - Aug 2012
First United Methodist Church Fort Collins

• Directed and performed with a 10-piece ensemble during the alternative worship service.
• Incorporated jazz and Latin influences into traditional worship music.
• Organized rehearsals and communication between band members.
• Arranged music for special events, including a fundraiser for wildfire relief in Northern Colorado with a gospel choir, band, and horn section.

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Head Male Counselor
Jul 2009 - Jul 2012
Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp

• Oversaw the safekeeping of approximately 150 male students.
• Assisted in developing the inaugural RMSMC advanced institute, which included coaching a chamber group and teaching lessons for 12 of the most advanced students.
• Taught jazz classes, and conducted sectionals and rehearsals.
• Performed with the Faculty Jazz Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet.

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Doctor of Musical Arts
Jun 2015 - Present
University of Colorado
Master of Music
Aug 2012 - Apr 2014
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2007 - Dec 2011
Colorado State University
Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2007 - Dec 2011
Colorado State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


K-12 Teaching License
Sep 2014
Ohio Department of Education


K-12 Teaching License
Dec 2011
Colorado Department of Education

Music Concentration


Top Scores
Mar 2014
National Collegiate Solo Competition
Apr 2013
Alice Coleman International Chamber Music Competition
Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Performance
May 2011
Colorado State University
Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
May 2011
Colorado State University
National Merit Scholar
Jun 2007
National Merit Scholarship Organization


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2012

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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National Association for Music Education
Aug 2008

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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North American Saxophone Alliance
Mar 2008

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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Photos & Videos

A lighthearted bit of saxophoning with the help of a loop pedal.
Photo by Ryan V.

Photo by Ryan V.

Photo by Ryan V.

Photo by Ryan V.
Photo by Ryan V.
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7 Reviews

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GEORGE H. Sep 17, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Ryan really knows how to play sax. I feel confident that he'll be able to help me play better.

Kerry N. Aug 24, 2015
Flute · In studio

He is very easy to learn from and thorough. He was able to help my kids out. Recommend!

Laurie B. Dec 20, 2014
Saxophone · In studio

I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.

Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.

I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!

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Christy H. Dec 17, 2014
Clarinet · In studio

My daughter's school has had 2 band directors in as many years. And while the new director is good, I didn't think he had time for individual students when starting this new job. He was busy with marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band, concerts, etc. My daughter was frustrated and ready to quit music (band). I choose Ryan to tutor my daughter one-on-one. I'm so glad I did. After only a few months now, but her skills have greatly increased. She shows more knowledge, confidence, and ability than after a whole year of school band! She knows scales and can play songs that her band hasn't started yet. In less than 4 months, she went from barely playing scales and a couple songs to playing almost anything in her music book. She now gets straight A's in band and loves to play. Ryan is very skilled at teaching many instruments. He knows how to explain concepts at the students' level, and makes lessons fun. I would highly recommend hiring Ryan to teach your child.

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Louise F. Dec 17, 2014
Saxophone · In studio

My son started taking private lessons from Ryan while Ryan was still an undergraduate music student at Colorado State University. Ryan's personable teaching style and enthusiasm contributed to my son's own enthusiasm for playing the saxophone. He taught my son both classic and jazz music. His own love for music comes through his teaching, and he instilled in my son the desire to explore and experiment on his own. Ryan is a truly inspirational music teacher, who develops an easy rapport with his students and encourages them to greater accomplishments.

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Camrenne D. Dec 10, 2014
Saxophone · In studio

I am the Music Therapist at a school for students with Developmental Disabilities in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ryan visited our school to introduce woodwind instruments to the students and perform a concert as a part of our Performing Arts Enrichment program. He has a very natural and engaging presence that absolutely gripped our students' attention. He taught beautifully structured and energetic group lessons showcasing the history, mechanism, and range of every instrument in the woodwind family as well as gracefully fielded an onslaught of exuberant questions! For a full hour long performance, our students hung on Ryan's every word and every note in a way that the staff had never seen before! It was an absolute pleasure to have Ryan volunteer at our school and share his outstanding passion, excitement, and talent with our students. Months later, staff and students alike are still buzzing about Ryan's presentation! We cannot wait for his return to the school!

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Lawrence C. Dec 9, 2014
Saxophone · In home

Ryan taught my son for a little over a year while Ryan was finishing up his undergraduate work at CSU. Ryan is the rare individual who is extremely musically gifted as well as having the talent and patience to teach. My son has been fortunate enough to make the Colorado All-State Jazz band for three years (he is a senior) in no small part due to the time and effort he spent with Ryan. I highly recommend him as a teacher.

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