Paul Terrien Guitar Lessons

Paul Terrien Guitar Lessons

4.9 (17)
Best of 2023
5 hires on
34 years in business

About this pro

With over thirty years of performing and teaching experience, I like to focus on training students to execute the basics consistently.  With that in hand a player can customize their learning experience to fit their own desires.

I love sharing my love of music and the ability to make it with folks from all walks of life.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202
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17 Reviews


  • Enoch Underwood

    He is a great listener, and very patient. I have progressed much faster with Paul than just watching Youtube videos. I look forward to picking up my guitar.

  • Robin Young

    Mr. Terrien teaches while playing along with his student in harmony or melody, not just echoing the student's part, which provides the student with the very real pleasure of 'jamming' as a real musician through the majority of the sessions. He interweaves high level music theory into lessons where the knowledge logically supports technique growth, making it feel less like a homework task and more like unlocking understanding. In the year my son has played and performed with Mr. Terrien, his interest in playing has deepened from, "this is kind of interesting" to "this is part of who I am and what I do", and that growth of passion is what parents hope for their child as they pursue a new skill.

  • Esther Scarbrough

    He made playing the guitar fun and learning how to play easy. The songs I learned were fun too.

  • Brad Adams

    Learning Guitar with Paul was a great experience He is very skilled and knowledgeable. If I didn't have the sheet music to a song I wanted to learn he was able to listen to it and figure out the cords needed to play it. Then he would write out the sheet music so I could learn the songs that move my soul. He's a laid back person and approachable but, don't come without practicing. You can tell he loves music and supports his students love for it too.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We assess the student's strengths and weeknesses and formulate a plan for success.  Our goal is to have fun making music.

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

BFA-Music Classical Guitar Performance from UW-Milwaukee 

Performance Certificate from Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

30 years experience teaching individual and ensemble music lessons.

35 years of gigging around the World 🌎 

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

$120/month for 1/2 lessons 

$200/month for hour lessons 

by appointment

How did you get started teaching?

At first just showing friends what I learned at my lessons.

After graduating the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, I was hired as a student teacher for the Rock department.

What types of students have you worked with?

ages from 4-94

all styles, all personalities.  everyone is unique and has a story.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, I was visiting my brother in California.  We explored redwood forests, the Pacific coast, and the Angel Island State Park.  We even got some guitar playing done.  It was great!

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

Practice daily!  Make your instrument part of who you are.

You get out of it what you put in to it.

Have a good time all the time!

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

Are you willing to practice daily for the next few years?

Did you do your homework or just goof around?

Are you willing to invest in yourself.

Do you want  to join the worldwide music collective?