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.

Steve Bryant

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!"  

Ceylon Keeslar 

Health Coach,


"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." 

Jennifer Dixey

Instructional Technologist,

Mother of Julian Dixey


Julian Dixey


High School Student,

<< Oooh, Funky >>

Spencer Corbin

Data Analyst,


"I just want to create something new"

Laura Todd

Leadership Development,


"I love the sing along vibe"

Steve Thornton



"Clearly born to rock & roll"