Paul Terrien Guitar Lessons

Paul Terrien Guitar Lessons

4.9Exceptional(17 reviews)
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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.


Current Top Pro
Hired 10 times
35 years in business
Serves Milwaukee , WI

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Venmo



Students who have an instrument, Students who are planning to purchase an instrument

Able to read music

Student can read music staff, Student can read guitar tabs, Student cannot read music

Musical styles

I can make recommendations, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Country

Lesson length

30 minutes, 60 minutes

Students age

10 - 13 years old, 14 - 17 years old, 18 - 25 years old, 26 - 44 years old, 45 - 64 years old, 65 or older

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 - 2 years of formal training, 2 - 4 years of formal training, 4+ years of formal training

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  • Reviews

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    Enoch U.

    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.
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    February 11, 2020
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    Robin Y.

    Mr. Terrien teaches while playing along with his student in harmony or melody, not just echoing the students 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.
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    January 17, 2020


    Esther S.

    He made playing the guitar fun and learning how to play easy. The songs I learned were fun too.
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    January 17, 2020


    Brad A.

    Learning Guitar with Paul was a great experience He is very skilled and knowledgeable. If I didnt 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. Hes a laid back person and approachable but, dont come without practicing. You can tell he loves music and supports his students love for it too.
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    January 17, 2020


    Kael W.

    I started my lessons with Paul when I was in high school. I was very passionate about guitar in general just like I am today. Unfortunately, at the time, there wasnt a person who could lead me to my next adventure in music which was going to a music college. Then, Paul came into my life. He is truly an impressive guitar/music instructor and mentor. I was very sloppy at music terminologies. He explained those terms to me word by word. He also taught me a lot of chords and scale on the guitar which I didnt know at the time. Most importantly, he showed me the history of rock music which is where I came from. After learning from him, I got into a good music college, started a musical career after graduation, played with some of my biggest heroes, releasd my own solo guitar album. I couldnt thank him enough for his delicated instructions over the years. I still remember vividly that I was going through some hard phases of my life, and he gave me a pair of gloves and a scarf during winter with a note attached to it. The note reads protect those fingers and stay warm!. I can still feel the warmth whenever I use them. I would say that he is definitely one of the greatest guitar teacher I have ever encountered. Highly recommend everyone to have lessons with him!
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    January 16, 2020


    Alex M.

    Paul Terrien is the complete package. Whether it’s theory, sight reading, playing by ear, technique, jamming, or just having fun, Paul can do it all. But his most important quality is his teaching style and the way he takes time out for each individual student. I am 54 years old and I’ve been taking lessons with Paul for five years. His patience and understanding of students is the reason I’ve been with him so long. A lot of good musicians can play music, but it takes a truly gifted and talented person to be able to teach. Paul is one of a kind. I am blessed to be his student.
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    January 13, 2020

    Frequently asked questions

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

    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 🌎 

    $120/month for 1/2 lessons 

    $200/month for hour lessons 

    by appointment

    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.

    ages from 4-94

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

    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!

    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!

    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?

    Services offered

    Bass Guitar
    Music Theory