Paul's Music Lessons

Paul's Music Lessons

1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

I have extensive experience as a pianist and organist but also as a composer, music director, vocalist, percussionist, guitarist, and bassist. I am able to draw from all of my epxerience and knowledge to help you learn not just the instrument you study but also music in general. I can help you learn theory, sightreading, improvisation, composition, performance practice, and many more topics beyond simply learning pieces and technique. 

I most enjoy watching my students develop their skills and learn to love music. I also really enjoy seeing how my students interpret the music they play and how their personality influences their playing.

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Tujunga, CA 91042
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I try to get a feel for each student's goals and needs and adapt my process accordingly. However, I always try to push each student towards new music and new ways of thinking about music because I believe the best musicians are those with the widest 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have studied music since I was seven years old, first through private lessons, then at California Lutheran University, from where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Music Production. I have studied under some of the finest musicians during that time, including Philip Allen Smith, conservator of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, and Dr. Joseph Peeples, organist for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. I have studied piano, organ, and composition on my own and have composed pieces for two of my alma mater's ensembles. Additionally, I have been regularly employed as an organist and pianist for four years, performing alongside choirs and bands as well as solo and I have also provided music direction for two musicals.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $35 for a 30 minute lesson, $45 for a 45 minute lesson, or $55 for a 60 minute lesson.

How did you get started teaching?

The director of the CLU Jazz Ensemble referred a student to me about three years ago and I have been teaching ever since!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types of students, from very young children with no experience to seniors who have been playing music their whole lives.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently performed my senior organ recital on livestream featuring three pieces of music that I once believed to be far above my skill level. Despite that, I was able to learn all the music and perform it better than I ever would've expected.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Try to find a teacher that you enjoy working with. If the teacher and student can't relate, the end result likely won't be what you would hope for.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your musical goals, long and short term? How much are you willing to practice each week? What do you already know about music and what do you wish you knew more about?