- Teaches students:
- and Ages 1+
- Teaching since:
- November 2000
Paul M is an American born, New York-based Piano teacher, Vocal coach, Pianist, Composer and Artist. As an educator, Paul is part of The Suffolk Piano Teachers Forum, College Music Society and Music Teachers National. He has been an Adjunct-instructor at New York University (NYU). Paul also conducts master classes and seminars in The United states and South America. For the past few years, he has implemented classes in composition and music history in the coastal area of Ecuador and New York. His music studio in New York City is in high demand. He works with piano, composition and vocal performance students of all levels and styles, which include classical, jazz, blues, Tango, and Broadway. Paul also works with all different types of students such as those who want to learn for personal enjoyment or for professional reasons. He prepares his students for competitions, audition preparation and professional concerts. Each year his students have the opportunity to perform at the world-renowned Steinway Hall in New York City. This yearly student recital gives students the opportunity to perform in one of New York City’s most sought after recital Halls located in midtown Manhattan. In July of 2014 Paul became a Steinway Educational partner. In 2008, Paul received a Masters Degree in piano performance from New York University. In 2006, he received a Bachelor Degree of Music from Stony Brook University.
As a Pianist, In 2006 Paul was a prizewinner at the Music Club of Douglaston Piano Competition. For two consecutive years, Paul was awarded The Suffolk County Piano Forum Prize. XLNT Music recently wrote, “Paul is a fine pianist that performs with superb pianism and great sensitivity.” His recent public performances include Ecuador South America, Steinway Hall NYC, The United Nations, Faust Harrison Hall, Saint Peters NYC and The Staller Center. Paul has performed with The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and The New York University Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with well-known piano teachers including: Martin Canin, Morey Ritt, Tina Dahl, and Anita Gelber. In 2011 he released a record consisting of his performance of original compositions for solo piano that is available in bookstores and on iTunes.
As a composer Paul has composed music for the feature film Documentary Between the Shades, directed by Jill Salvino and premiered at the Soho International Film Festival in 2017. In 2014, Paul was the composer for the radio show Ackerman Associates Meets Dracula written and directed by Peter Stass. In 2014 he wrote the score for, Lies People Tell, a short film that premiered at the san pedro film festival. In 2011, he released his first solo record Succession of images, a song cycle for solo piano. In 2017, he released his second record Hope, a chamber music work recorded with clarinetist Thomas Piercy and Violinist Patrisa Tomassini. Recent public piano performances of his music include Ecuador in South America, Steinway Hall NYC, The United Nations, Spectrum NYC, Faust Harrison Hall, Saint Peters in NYC and The Staller Center in Stony Brook NY.
As an artist, Paul is known for creating large instillations, paintings and live performing art pieces. From 2014-2016, he was the artist in residence at Spectrum Gallery in NYC. In 2014, he completed the Elevator Time Machine, a large instillation made of elevator parts that responds to sound. He also wrote and produced a 20 minute live art piece called Static in Movement for piano and video. His acrylic on canvas works have also been presented at Spectrum NYC, The Art Bar, The Gallery at Logos and Ward-Nasse gallery.
Education New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Piano Performance. M.A. December 2008
Stony Brook University
Music. B.A. 2006
Private Music Studio: 2004-present
Instructor for piano, voice and composition; working primarily with students K-12.
• Develop individualized music plans that encourages growth and self motivated study.
• Well equipped to prepare students for the New York State Music Association Exam.
• Expertise guiding students to reach their maximum potential by using assignments that are challenging but not impossible.
• Experience preparing students for music college applications and auditions.
• Successfully prepare student recitals on a yearly basis.
• Effectively communicate with parents and engage them in their child’s music education.
Performing Arts Center of New York: 2013
• Developed and delivered a curriculum connecting the major composers and artists of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary Periods.
Cultural House of Ecuador: 2009-2011
• Created and taught classes about the periods in music and art and how they coexist together.
• Created and taught group classes in beginner music theory and composition.
High School students in Quevedo Ecuador: 2012
• Created and taught workshops in music theory and composition.
Adjunct Instructor at New York University: 2007-2009
Instructor for New York University Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation courses.
• Created and taught a curriculum for beginner, intermediate and advanced keyboard classes.
• Created lesson plans to enhance musicality and keyboard skills for university music major and minor students.
Instructor for New York University private piano students
• Instructed music students in beginner, intermediate and advanced piano.
Our Lady of Angelus Catholic School: 2007
• Created and taught a curriculum in beginner piano to elementary school students.
• Prize Winner, TMMC Piano Competition, 2007
• Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize In recognition of outstanding achievement in piano performance, 2006
• Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize
In recognition of outstanding achievement in piano performance, 2005
• Suffolk Piano Teacher’s Forum
• College Music Society
• Music Teacher’s National Association
• American Composers Forum
• Steinway and Sons
• American Society of Composers
• Tuesday Morning Music Club
• Anita Gelber, 2002-2012
• Martin Canin, New York University, 2006-2008
• Justin Dello Joio, New York University, 2007-2008
• Morey Ritt, Queens College, 2006
• Tina Dahl, Stony Brook University, 2004-2006
Selected Recent Concert Performances
• Westport Library, Connecticut, NY, 2016
• Douglaston Community Church, Douglaston, NY, 2015
• All Saints Memorial Church, NJ, 2014
• Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
• Spectrum NYC, New York, NY, 2014, 2013
• Steinway Hall, New York, NY, 2014, 2013, 2012
• University of Quevedo, Ecuador, 2013
• Saint Peters Church, New York, NY, 2011
Selected Film and Theater Composer Credits
• Between the Shades – Feature Film Documentary, 2016
• Lies People Tell – Short Film, 2014
• Ackerman and Associates Meet Dracula – Live Radio Show, 2013
• Magical Quark Particle – Science Art Film, 2012
• Hope, 2017
• Succession of Images, 2011
Recent Art Expositions
• Spectrum NYC, 2014-2016
• Gallery at Logos, 2012-2016
• Port Jefferson Village Center, 2012
• Ward Nasse Gallery, 2011
*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a teacher is to make students successful in their goals. I work with a variety of people; some of them study music for personal enjoyment and others for their musical career. Everyone responds differently to music, that is why I prepare special lessons for each student. It is important that my students enjoy what they are playing and for that reason I have a variety of repertoire that they can choose from.
From a lot of experience with beginner piano students, both young and adults, I have been able to find a regimen of piano teaching that combines time efficiency with fun. As the lessons continue, I slowly add new tools to each weekly lesson that are exiting and interesting. While working with intermediate to advanced students, I have had coached them to apply and get accepted into some of the top Universities and Conservatories in the country. My students, beginner intermediate and advanced levels, have been awarded for their performances and activities in schools and competitions.
I am also a composition teacher. I work with composition students from beginner to advance. My composition students, over the years, range from all ages starting at 7. My students, after the first year, have been able to write string quartets and piano trios. My advanced students have entered competitions all over the country and are very successful in their composition practice. Some of their compositions have been performed in famous concert halls and schools.
As a vocal coach, I work with students of all ages. The repertoire that I recommend to beginner students includes Disney, Broadway and classical music. For intermediate and advanced vocal student, I have successfully prepared them for competitions, Broadway and University auditions as well as personal enjoyment.
Most recently I held a piano, composition and vocal recital for my students at the world famous Steinway Hall in New York City. I believe that some students work better when there is motivation for performance activities. For that reason I host these type of events. Students that decide they want to take place in these events perform among all levels. I offer these performance opportunities as an invitation. Each student has a choice as to whether they would like to perform.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Classical, Jazz, Blues, Broadway
Paul M is an American born, New York-based pianist, music instructor, piano teacher, composer and vocal coach. As an educator, Paul is part of The Suffolk Piano Teachers Forum, College Music Society and Music Teachers National. He has been an Adjunct-instructor at New York University (NYU). Paul also conducts master classes and seminars in The United states and South America. For the past few years, he has implemented classes in composition and music history in the coastal area of Ecuador and New York. His music studio in New York City is in high demand. He works with piano, composition and vocal performance students of all levels and styles which includes classical, jazz, blues and Broadway. Paul also works with all different types of students such as those who want to learn for personal enjoyment of for professional reasons. He prepares his students for competitions, audition preparation and professional concerts. Each year his students have the opportunity to perform at the world-renowned Steinway Hall in New York City. This yearly student recital gives students the opportunity to perform in one of New York City’s most sought after recital Halls located in midtown Manhattan.
As a pianist he has won numerous awards and scholarships. For two consecutive years, he received The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize. Paul has played numerous recitals at prestigious halls such as Steinway Hall in New York City, Faust Harrison Hall and The Staller Center. Paul has always been active in Chamber Music and has played with The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and The New York University Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with well-known piano teachers including: Martin Canin, Morey Ritt, Tina Dahl, and Anita Gelber. He received his Bachelors of Music from Stony Brook University and his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at New York University, studying with Martin Canin.
As a composer, Paul's music has been highly reviewed and is heard through the world in concerts and films. His composition teachers include Max Duykers and Justin Dello Joio. This year, he will be releasing a new C.D. that will include his most recent works for solo piano. The C.D. was performed and written by Paul M. and engineered in Nashville Tennessee at RedRed studios by critically acclaimed recording engineer Joshua Silverberg. The C.D. is set to release on Amazon, iTunes and bookstores in November 2011.
Martin Canin- New York University
Morey Ritt-Aaron Copland School of Music
Irina Edelman-Mannes Conservatory
Tina Dahl-Stony Brook University
Anna Grinberg-Yale University
Performance with the New York University Orchestra
Performance with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra
Piano Professor at New York University
Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize (2006)
Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize (2005)
Succession of Images: Release date November 2011. These solo piano works were written and performed by Paul M. and engineered in Nashville Tennessee at RedRed studios by critically acclaimed recording engineer Joshua Silverberg.
Saint Peters church, New York, NY solo recital
Loewe Theater, New York, NY, Chamber music performance
Port Jefferson Village center, N.Y solo performance
Black Box Theater, New York, N.Y. Solo recital
United Nations, New York, N.Y. Reception Recital
Kimmel Center, New York, N.Y, Solo Performance
Lowe Theater, New York, N.Y, Pianist Showcase
New York University, Master class
Community Church, Douglaston, N.Y. Piano Competition
Faust Harrison Pianos, New York, N.Y. Leschetitzky Foundation Recital
Steinway Hall, New York, N.Y. Solo Performance
Loewe Theater, Performance with The New York University Orchestra
Staller Center, Performance with The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra
The Table Center of The Arts, Stony Brook, N.Y. Chamber Music Concert
The First Episcopal Church, South Hampton, N.Y.
Staller Center of The Arts, Stony Brook, N.Y. Solo Recital
Wang Center, N.Y. Piano Competition
The Patchogue Theater, N.Y. Performance with Suffolk Community College Jazz Orchestra.
Suffolk Community College, N.Y. Performance with Suffolk Community College
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Real great and patient teacher
Paul is best teacher ever!!! Absolutely amazing with young children.
Paul is amazing. My son loves him. Thank you Paul.
Paul is amazing. My son loves him. Thank you Paul.
My son was initially unsure of the online aspect of the lesson but has come to respect his teacher, his knowledge, talent and the way he is being taught. I think he can really improve with the techniques being used.
Paul is an amazing musician, teacher and individual. Over the course of a few weeks he specifically evaluated my singing and worked with me in order to improve my singing. With every lesson that I had, I was able to notice real improvement in my voice. Paul also exposed me to a wide array of musical styles, in order to better get to know my voice which I thoroughly enjoyed. He is very encouraging and friendly, from the first lesson he already works to help you feel comfortable.
All in all, by having Paul as an instructor you get to learn from an amazing, accomplished musician who truly knows his field and who also has a great personality while being a great teacher, I think that sums it up pretty well.
Paul is an excellent piano teacher. I came to him having forgotten how to read music after not playing for 10 years. I wanted to bring piano music back into my life. Gradually, over 4 months, I recovered everything I had previously forgotten and have progressed quickly with his patient yet encouraging and inspirational teaching style. Paul has introduced me to a wide range of music, which has pushed my piano playing to improve in all directions and on new levels. It has been a wonderful experience, and I am excited to continue and see where the music takes me.+ Read More
I went to Paul for my first singing class not really knowing what to expect. He instantly made me feel comfortable and provided me with a calming and supportive environment to explore singing. He is such an enthusiastic and supportive teacher, and I really learned a lot from him. He seems very able to cater to personal goals and needs and help students go in a direction that they are drawn towards. He also taught me some piano! Over all a great learning experience. I would recommend this teacher to anyone.
the lessons are excellent
Paul is a great teacher, soft spoken, very good person, his skills are first class, from the moment I started I felt comfortable, and ready to sing, his teaching has been superb
We only have good things to tell about Paul. He is a great teacher, patient, fun, reliable, make piano sounds fun and interesting for young children !
Paul is a great teacher!
Paul is always very encouraging, and I've learned a lot working with him! He always teaches me good techniques and chooses great pieces for me to practice.
Paul taught me how to sing
I could not even sing a scale.
Paul introduced me to a wide range of music - songs I never would have attempted to sing but now I do.
He is a brillant musician - so knowledgeable and an exceptional teacher.
Paul taught me so much about music and I learned so much from him.
Son in Law Steve
Paul is a very patient, talented and encouraging teacher. He is gentle and kind. My daughter has grown leaps and bounds and wants to grow as a musician because of his positive attitude.
Excellent instructor - Born to teach
I am an adult student with no musical experience whatsoever. Paul is delightful! Paul has been patient with me and moves me along at a pace that I am comfortable with. I'd wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning in a structured manner. I will be sticking with him for as long as he'll suffer through my remedial capacity ;-)
My teacher Paul M.
Iam an elderly student, I like the way Paul is teaching me. He has so much patience and that i has been looking for. I wanted to buy a key board and he gave ref. for good price. i will soon get my keyboard and I know that by the time I finish with Paul, I will be the great keyboard player for my church and and at home and were ever I will go to minister thru worship, praise and sharing the word. By the way, Paul said he will take me for voice training also when i finish with keyboard/piano playing. I am happy and grateful to take lessons team for giving me this great teacher. Keep the good work. God bless You!hilda
Paul is a great piano and voice teacher, I learned a lot on the piano and my voice is a lot better now.
Thumbs up for Paul M.
I continued my lessons only because Paul is so great! A gifted teacher and musician, and a kind and gentle soul. I have learned to appreciate my potential and ability and want to develop it. Working with Paul is one of the best parts of my week!
After 3 Lessons
Brianna is having lots of fun. Seems to be really receptive of Paul's directions. Very happy with the immediate results and very happy with Paul's approach. A perfect match!
Lessons are fun and interesting
Very patient and helpful and, at the same time, serious about his work. I've learned a lot in a short amount of time and want to continue to learn even more.