|All Ages . . . All Levels . . . All Styles
22 Years' Teaching Experience
25 Years' Performing Experience
Paul Speidel is a recognized name in the Boston area both as a professional musician and a respected guitar instructor. He has been teaching all facets of guitar privately since 1983, and currently instructs between 35 and 40 guitar & electric bass students a week. His students' ages range from 7 to 70!
While it is not unusual to find performing musicians who teach private lessons, Paul combines his distinctive perspective as a professional musician with a commitment to the personal and musical growth of each of his students. His approach to each student is unique, tailoring guitar technique and music fundamentals to the student's individual learning styles and musical tastes. Paul's goal is to aid in the student's creative process with relevant basic, intermediate or advanced skills so they can enjoy making their own music.
Areas of Instruction
·Open Chord Forms & Bar Chords
·Fingerboard Study: Note Names and
·Scales and Arpeggios
·Note and Rhythm Reading
·Playing the Music of Your
Favorite Bands and Artists
·Songwriting & Composing
"The lessons are fun, constructive and friendly. Assignments are a challenge, yet helpful. I learn about all different aspects of the guitar!"
Julia S., age 11
"You are one of the few people who can understand that kids all have different skills and paces. You are always in a good mood!"
Dave K., age 12
"You evaluate what your students' needs are and push them in that direction. In depth knowledge of many styles; suitable for teaching at any level, from beginning to advanced."
Joel L., adult
"I can be creative in a very new and different way. It helps me appreciate music in a new and wonderful way."
Dave M., adult
"He is a great guitarist! And very patient."
"Paul can handle all skill levels with expertise,
understanding, patience and insight."
"Paul is a very good instructor with a good
sense of humor. He's very supportive."
"Willing to teach songs you want to learn."
"Helped build my confidence in my ability
"Paul is a great teacher. He is very patient
Paul's Education and Teaching Experience
||Music and German
||Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 1986
||Music Theory and Composition
||University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1990
||Jazz Studies Program
||University of Northern Colorado, 1987-1989
|Jazz Program Director
||Newton South High School, 1992-1997
|Guitar and Blues Guitar Instructor
||Newton Community Education, 1991- 2012
||Newton Fine Arts Extension Program, 1993-1999
|Certified State of Massachusetts Educator, 1995-2000
(For more information see Paul's biography.)
Rates and Policies
|(For group lessons, add $25 per person)
Payment for lessons is made on a monthly basis, due on the first lesson of each month.
1) I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Cancelled lessons are not charged for, except for cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson time, regardless of the reason -- then the time is charged for. This allows me at least one day to schedule a make-up lesson in your time slot.
2) (i) In the event that you cancel your lesson more than two weeks consecutively, regardless of the reason, I will need to either charge you for each cancelled lesson after the second week, or give your time slot to another student. In other words, you may cancel up to two lessons in a row, keep your time slot, and I will not charge you for the missed lessons; but from the third cancellation on, I will need to either charge you for the time, or give your slot to another student on my waiting list.
(ii) If you will be away more than two weeks consecutively and want to hold your slot, you may do so by covering 50% of the rate for the lessons missed starting with the third week you are gone.
3) I don't charge for my vacation or personal time, but please note that since I am not affiliated with the public schools, I do not observe their schedules of activity. If there is any question as to whether we are on for a regularly scheduled lesson when school is out, please double check with me before skipping the lesson!
How You Can Reach Me
The best time to reach me in person is in the morning, Monday - Friday. I'm generally in lessons from noon till late-evening and check my messages again at the end of the day. Please feel free to call between your lessons if you have any questions regarding materials or scheduling.
e-mail: speidelpau (at) aol (dot) com