Do you offer beginner guitar lessons?
Yes. Our students range from beginner to advanced and the lessons are designed to meet each student's current level and interests.
What lesson times do you have available?
Lessons are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 3:00PM and Saturday late morning and afternoons. Lessons are weekly. I do not have many lesson slots available but I generally have a few.
Do you offer individual lessons or do you have to sign up for a whole course?
There is no commitment beyond week-to-week. Each weekly lesson builds to cover a particular skill (based on your goals).
When are lesson payments due, week-to-week, or by the month?
There are no contracts or in-advance monthly payments required. Lesson payment is simply due each week and at the start of each lesson.
At what age can children begin your guitar program?
While there are exceptions, most children can manage beginner lessons in this program by nine years old. Several factors come into play such as attention span, motor skills and physical ability to hold a guitar.
Right now, I'm completely frustrated with my level of guitar playing. Can lessons make me decent?
Absolutely! As a student once happily told me "hey this isn't that hard afterall - it's not rocket science!" Exactly. We'll make a plan together based on your goals and when you follow the plan with consistent, dedicated practice, you'll get there.
I'm looking to break into the music business but I feel that I don't sound professional yet. Why?
Being a professional guitar player requires specific skill sets. These include knowledge of the fretboard, a solid chord and scale vocabulary, ensemble playing skills, reading music (sometimes), muscle coordination (speed, agility and stamina) and repertoire building. These are the skills that enable a guitarist to sound professional and succeed in a professional environment.
The guitar player in my band has potential, but needs guitar lessons. How do I convince him/her to come to you?
It's disappointing isn't it? Seeing a talented individual not fulfilling their potential. But successful musicians (like other high achieving and successful people in competitive professions) need to be self-driven and self-motivated. Musicians who lack the desire to develop their skills to the professional level, unfortunately remain at the amateur level.
I've tried calling a few times but I continue to get your outgoing voice message. What is the best time to call you?
We don't answer the phone while teaching or when with clients so it is important that you leave a message when you call. Your call will be returned most likely that same day if not the next day so please indicate the best times to reach you.
I would like to buy a gift certificate for someone who I know would want guitar lessons and I think has a lot of potential. How many lessons would make a good start?
Most people purchase three to five sessions, depending on their budget.
I am interested in both voice and guitar lessons. Who should I contact?
Call us at (516) 221-3095 and leave a message indicating that you are interested in both guitar and voice lessons.
We will make every effort to coordinate lesson times for you. While we may not be able to schedule back-to-back times initially, we will and let you know as soon as our schedules change and we can coordinate lesson times.
In addition to his private lesson practice, Paul composes, performs and records original music for television and media. His original compositions can currently be heard on many current TV programs including:
NBC: Dateline; Last Call With Carson Daly: The Voice; CBS Sports: NFL Football; MTV's Cribs; The CW: 90210; NBC:Summer and Winter Olympic Games; MTV’s Human Giant; CBS Sports: The Masters Tournament; American Express and Pepsi-Complex Fashion (advertising spots); MTV Room Raiders and Cablevision’s Video on Demand service.
Paul’s broad background in music and education also includes creating and presenting interactive creative arts training workshops in coordination with SUNY Stony Brook and NYS Dept of Social Services, and utilizing music therapy with children placed in foster care.