A true southern boy, Ryan grew up in Mississippi where he received his first music lessons on the piano from his mother. After having a solid music foundation, he moved on to learn the violin, oboe, and organ all before the age of 18. For years Ryan Pennington danced and sang in show choir, marched in the marching band and performed in theater.
During his college years at the University of Southern Mississippi where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Ryan was a member of the school’s band and Carillon, the university’s esteemed handbell choir. The Carillon choir was world renowned and very popular, touring different countries and venues. On his free time, Ryan also managed to work
as a drill instructor for marching bands and performed as a Silent Theater organist at the Saenger Theater in Hattisburg, as well as play the violin for local school spring plays.
After college Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he taught music in the greater Los Angeles area and also worked for a company where they taught low-income schools with limited or no budget for a music program. His tenure with this company provided him with the experience and knowledge of working in Early Childhood development and curriculum.
His move to Houston brought him to Sessions Music where he started as a private instructor in woodwind, piano, clarinet, trumpet, violin, oboe and saxophone. On top of his classical training and education, Ryan holds two state teaching licenses, Suzuki String Program Certification (SAA), and holds memberships in the American Guild of Organists and Band Masters Association. Born with a passion for music, his approach to teaching classical music has led him to be one of the instrumental instructors at Sessions Music.