Paul Swenson Music Studio

Paul Swenson Music Studio

5.0 (2)
22 years in business

About this pro

Accepting only students age 9-19 with strong prior music education.  Preference given to composition students.  Students over 18 must be attending college.  

Meeting the unique needs of gifted students.  Realizing each student's unique potential. 

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Credentials

Seattle, WA 98107
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • Steve Layton

    Paul is an excellent instructor. Our girls have been taking lessons from Paul for several years now and the progress they have made is amazing. He is very engaged and really tries to connect and understand each of his students to bring out the best in them. He tailors the lessons and music to their interests while at the same time gives them stretch goals to build on what they've learned. I highly recommend Paul and couldn't think of a better teacher.

  • Alice Hill

    Personalized, prepared, thoughtful, supportive, and makes it fun.



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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
New England Conservatory of Music
Master of Music (MM) 1994
Graduate Diploma (post graduate fellow) 1995
Field Of Study: music theory/composition
Graduated with "distinction in performance", Phi Beta Kappa nomination.


What types of students have you worked with?
STUDENT'S AWARDS and HONORS:
2nd place, High School category, 2019 Simon-Fiset Composition Competition
2nd place, Middle School category, 2019 Simon-Fiset Composition Competition
Honorable Mention, 2019 "NextNotes" ACF National High School Composition Competition (1/2)
Honorable Mention, 2019 "NextNotes" ACF National High School Composition Competition (2/2) 
First in State, 2019 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
1st Place, 2019 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
Honorable Mention, 2019 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
2nd place, 2018 Simon-Fiset Composition Competition
First in State, 2018 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
2nd Place, 2018 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
Honorable Mention, 2018 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
2018 Seattle Symphony Merriman Young Composers Workshop participant
Northwest Regional Champion, junior division, 2017 WSMTA Composition Competition
First in State, junior division, 2017 WSMTA Composition Competition
First in State, 2017 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
Admission to Stanford University Department of Music - 2017
Admission to the Berklee College of Music - 2017
Admission to California Institute of the Arts - 2017
2017 Seattle Symphony Merriman Young Composers Workshop participant
Honorable Mention, 2016 "Next Notes" ACF National High School Composition Competition
First in State, 2016 Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project
Second Place, 2016 Simon-Fiset Composition Competition
2016 Seattle Symphony Merriman Young Composers Workshop participant
Honorable Mention, 2015 WSMTA Composition Competition
Honorable Mention, 2014 Russian Chamber Music Foundation Piano Competition
Honorable Mention, 2015 Simon-Fiset Composition Competition
Admission to Oberlin Conservatory of Music – 2011
Admission to Schulich School of Music at McGill University - 2011
2010 PTA/Parenting Magazine composition competition – First in State
2010 PTA/Parenting Magazine composition competition – National Honorable Mention
Seattle Young Artist’s Music Festival – Seal of Outstanding Achievement awarded 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 (two Seals awarded), 2015 (three Seals awarded), 2016
SMTA Award for Music Excellence - 2011, 2012 (two awards), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (four awards), 2017, 2018 (two awards)


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Paul is a skilled and dedicated musician with a deep knowledge of many genres. His great strength as a teacher is that he really listens to the kids, responds to their thinking and ideas and teaches in a way that makes sense for them as an individual. Every kid in the studio is doing something different. --Fiona Cohen

Digital Resources Editor at Seattle's Child

My twin girls started lessons with Paul when they were only 6 years old (they just turned 9). Paul is an amazing teacher and musician. He is teaching my girls not only how to play piano, but to truly appreciate the emotions behind the music. Paul is great with children and has a way of giving constructive feedback without being critical. He is incredibly patient and encouraging with my girls, but also has high expectations of them. My girls respect him and have responded so well to him. After 2 1/2 years, I am amazed at what they've been able to play with his teaching and guidance. I know many years from now, my girls will remember him fondly as one of the great influences in their life for what I hope will be a long relationship and love for music. --Sue Haslam

Paul has a unique ability to work with whatever energy and interests a student brings and create a positive and customized learning experience for the student. He clearly knows and loves the piano and everything about it - the math, the art, the science, the history, the mechanics, the physical challenge - he can help a student explore any facet of playing the piano and tailor the lessons and practices to make learning to play the piano rewarding, personal, and fun. We feel very lucky to have Paul teaching our son. Quite honestly, it wouldn't have continued without him. --Mark Swardstrom

Paul taught my three children for the last year; unfortunately, a move away from Seattle has brought our time with him to an end. Paul has an incredible gift for understanding and reaching each child as an individual, as evidenced by his approach to teaching each of my children. Further, music infuses Paul's life and soul, something he ably passes along to his students. Our family will always treasure the time we were able to spend in Paul's studio. --Sariah Toronto, Chief of Staff, Engineering, Goldman Sachs 

I searched for over a year to find a piano teacher for my son. My 8 year old had started spending a lot of time at the piano, fooling around, sounding out tunes, and creating his own music. He refused to take lessons because so many of his friends groused about piano lessons, didn’t like the music they were asked to learn, and grumbled about the practice requirements. I was looking for something different. I wanted a teacher who would see that my son was more interested in composing than learning techniques – a teacher who would customize the approach to make learning to play the piano and fostering composition skills a joy rather than a struggle. Paul has been amazing! He skillfully balances technique with composition, structure with improvisation. By negotiating a work plan, my son completely buys into the process that practice is required to achieve his own goals. My son is excited about the pieces he’s working on and how Paul helps extend his composition vision. Paul is fantastic – I couldn’t ask for more! --Laura Schildkraut, founder, Onboarding Gen Y