Our ten-year-old son has been taking piano lessons from Paul for almost a year, and our 12-year-old is just starting guitar lessons. Paul is an excellent musician, a gifted teacher and coach, and a really nice, fun guy. Paul listens closely to his students and matches his teaching approach to what the students want to learn. He is equally adept at teaching music theory, sight reading, playing by ear, improvisation—I really feel like he is teaching our son the language of music and to understand its structure, and most of all to just love making music. Paul clearly has a passion for teaching music and I can tell is thrilled with the rapid progress of our son. He has adapted seemlessly to remote teaching and continues to improve the quality of his live on-line lessons, as well as follow-up videos to reinforce content of lessons and guide practice. Paul obviously puts significant time into planning ahead for lessons, as well as providing follow-up materials. He explains things in a way that is understandable, fun and motivating—he really knows how break things down into manageable steps. He is great with kids—his gentle, kind personality, and his smile and goofy sense of humor are infectious. We are very lucky to have The Musical Mandala in Bellingham.
Musician, Recording Artist, Parent of two students in the Musical Mandala
"For over 10 years it has been my dream to be able to sing well enough to perform on stage, but I never felt like I was good enough or that I understood music well enough. All that went out the window when I found Paul in May, 2019. Within 4 months I played my first open mic singing together with a group, and within 6 months I played an open mic singing on my own! For the first time in my whole life, I feel that I have the tools to create music. I couldn't recommend Paul enough!"
"My hope is to one day play in a band!"
"Paul has been an amazing piano and music theory instructor for our son as well as an inspirational coach, especially around improvisation and songwriting. Paul recognized and helped develop our son's intuitive understanding of patterns as well as his natural musicality, and he is playing fluently much more quickly than we expected. We couldn't be more pleased."
Mother of Julian Dixey
Working with Paul for the past nearly two years has been such an amazing experience. Paul is an amazing musician, friend, and a real hoopy frood! His unique teaching style coupled with his willingness to jam and explore new ideas has really helped me grow both as a musician and as a person. Paul also has a very wonderful way of presenting the ideas of harmony and music in these elegant, expanding systems that I am endlessly fascinated by. I am so grateful for these classes I have had with Paul, and I am going to miss him greatly on my travels, but he will always be in my heart and in my music! 110 out of 10 :)
High School Student,
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"Paul is an excellent teacher and just a great person in general. He helped me immensely not only in achieving greater technical ability in my voice, but also to be more confident with it. Paul is very knowledgeable about music theory and is able to translate concepts across several instruments in a fashion that is very easy to understand. I highly recommend him."
"I just want to create something new"
"Paul has an inspirational teaching style that has increased my confidence as well as my desire to play and sing more music. He creates an incredibly fun, adventurous, supportive and positive atmosphere to learn and play in. I HIGHLY recommend him."
"I love the sing along vibe"
"Paul is a unique teacher. He meets you where you're at with absolutely no judgement and then quietly pushes you forward. His enthusiasm for the voice is infectious and he's made this 47 year old wish I'd found him many many years ago. If you're somewhat afraid of singing but have always wanted to do it, then Paul is your man. He'll help turn your nerves into beautiful noises!!"
"Clearly born to rock & roll"