Paul Bessa

Paul B.

Portland, ME
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've been teaching piano now for 15 years. My goal is for the student to learn to play by feel in addition to reading music. A standard lesson would consist of some playing in books and going over some music theory followed by playing by feel. This would include blues,jazz, and rock grooves. My approach is creative and customized to the prospective student. The student needs to enjoy learning the piano. A happy student is a successful one.

About Paul B.

I am a musician who has played in many bands. My primary instrument is piano and voice. I also play rhythm guitar. My current group is a "Who" tribute band, performing a complete history of the rock group, The Who. Please check out our website
I play by ear but also read music. If you are looking for an old school, rigid, teacher who only has students only follow books, then you should look elsewhere. If you want to be able to play or sing with feel and learn music theory with some reading in a comfortable working studio then contact me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Petrof upright piano
- Mackie PA system
- Guild F15 acoustic guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Roland Midi 2
- Guild F-15 acoustic guitar

*** Specialties ***
Patient, creative, flexible and fun.


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19 Reviews
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paul is my bus driver and he hates me

Posted Mar 4, 2019
Michelle A.
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Posted Nov 26, 2018
Rose Marie P.
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Paul is a very good teacher

Posted Nov 16, 2018
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Very nice and has a great knowledge of music.

Posted Oct 9, 2018
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Very good. 1st

Posted Feb 28, 2018
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Paul is a great teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in improving their voice.

Posted Dec 7, 2017
Annmarie W.
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The first lesson was extraordinary the teacher is very good

Posted Oct 5, 2017
Dan R.
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First lesson from Paul was perfect. So much to learn and so little time. I am confident with his great listening skills and musical knowledge and my need for so much improvement, this is a perfect match already.

Posted Jun 19, 2017
Carol B.
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I have already learned so much in just 3 lessons. Paul is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. I am looking forward to many more lessons and feel confident that I can really learn to play under pauls instruction. Very exciting and rewarding!

Posted Sep 27, 2016
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I was so apprehensive, having never taken a lesson and being a real amateur. I was relaxed immediately with Paul. He encouraged me every step of the way. Very productive first lesson and look forward to the next one!!

Posted Sep 21, 2016
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Paul is a great teacher and his approach is just what I was looking for!

Posted Aug 18, 2016
Rob B.
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Paul immediately put me at ease. Really enjoyed my first lesson.

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Alex M.
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Paul does an excellent job getting to know the level of his student and teaching them to push their abilities with specific techniques. Highly recommend his teachings

Posted Jan 16, 2016
Gloria L.
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Paul is a great teacher! He is very patient, encouraging and flexible. My 7 year old daughter is becoming more interested in piano than before she started to take classes with Paul.

Posted Sep 21, 2015
Tammy Richard
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The first lesson was great. Paul was patient, knowledgeable, and fun. He met with myself for a lesson and with my Grand Daughter who is 5 years old. She had a good time, and is looking forwarding to our her next lesson.

Posted Jun 2, 2015
Liza H.
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Paul is patient and encouraging. It's been a fun experience and I'm really glad I signed up with lessons from him!

Posted May 13, 2015
Mikey H.
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Simply put Paul just knows how to reach his students and help them reach their potential in finding their voice. He made lessons fun and challenging without putting to much pressure on you. Every lesson I took I felt very comfortable and motivated to learn with his approach. If you want to learn to sing Paul is your guy!!!!

Posted Mar 10, 2015
Ashley S.
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Paul is a great teacher--friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about music. He teaches in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Since beginning lessons my voice has improved immensely. Paul is also very flexible and is an all-around superb instructor.

Posted Jan 29, 2015
Joe M.
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I believe it is difficult for people to take singing lessons because when you sing, you are a little vulnerable or even embarrassed at first. Paul makes the whole experience comfortable right from the start. I also have learned a few things within the first couple lessons already. I would recommend Paul to anyone who is thinking about learning more about their own voice and how to unlock your voice's potential.

Posted Nov 24, 2014

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Associates, Music certified
Sep 1983 - Jun 1986

Uconn, New School of Music


English, Italian

Professional Proficiency

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