Music lessons require a commitment from the teacher, the student, and his or her family, too. Paul Westbrook makes himself available to serious students only! He is interested in teaching and guiding those with a passion and desire akin to his own. He has developed technical exercises for guitarists and bassists and he draws from a large library of classical, jazz, and pop music and books for his lessons. He takes an individual, but wholistic approach to each student. At the end of the day, it is regular practice, discipline, and self-motivation that will determine the outcome. Paul encourages pupils to learn as many different skills related to music as possible. "Learn to love and respect the craft as a whole, and it will, in turn, provide a lifetime of enjoyment and fulfillment for you in so many ways."
Paul is available for lessons in guitar, upright and electric bass, music theory, music business, stage management, guitar care, live sound, studio recording and production, voice over, media management, songwriting and composition, and live performance.
He has even developed his own curriculum for teaching music to pre-school aged children. This group class targeted at kids ages 2-5 (but suitable for all ages) combines basic stretches and vocal warm ups with nursery rhymes and familiar melodies to exercise the ear, the mind, and over-all body coordination of young people; exposing them to rhythmic and melodic challenges while teaching them fun songs and activities and introducing them to new instruments and basic musical concepts. All of this helps to stimulate creativity, cognition, and physical activity while encouraging a well-rounded education in the arts.
Over the years, I have learned the value of a good education in the music world and beyond. As a hard-headed teen, I was bound and determined to take my chances in the music biz without a safety net. Ignoring my family's request that I learn additional skills in order to "have something to fall back on," I charged ahead with all things music. Decades down the road, and many life lessons later, I have learned that a well-rounded, multi-pronged approach is necessary to survive in the modern music ecosystem.
I know first-hand the power of good teachers. My early musical talents were recognized and nurtured by my middle school band director, Jean English. In high school I began private lessons with bassist, Jay Ecker who introduced me to the upright bass, classical and jazz technique, the discipline of transcribing by ear, and many other great lessons. In college, I studied with multiple teachers, some that had a positive effect and others that were downright discouraging. All the while, I grew as a musician and human being. I can only hope now to teach my students the necessary skills to exist and flourish on a music-based income. It is possible, but it is not for the faint of heart!
Individual: $25 / Half Hour
$40 / Hour
Group: Based on Size
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*All rates are subject to change without online notice