Paul Neathery

Paul N.

Milwaukee, WI
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn note reading, your favorite songs, chords, and more.

Proper finger technique, scales, and ear training for students who want it.

About Paul N.


***My goal as a teacher***

I try to teach what the students are interested in and make it fun and interesting so that they learn the lessons and their favorite songs. Every student is different and needs to be taught in a way that makes learning easy and fun for them.

I have a passion for all people and all ages and am blessed to be able to teach from the very young, (ages 2-5 Toddlermusik lessons) to teens and adults.....all the way to senior citizens. I've had many older students all the way up to a 93 year old gentleman who is taking singing lessons and asked me to put music to his lyrics. We have recorded over 50 songs together.


I started playing trumpet in 5th grade and knew that music was for me. I also liked playing with drums and piano also because they seemed exciting. I've competed in WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Assoc.) for many years which taught me a lot about performing for judges, being relaxed, and the importance of preparation.

I started playing the guitar and bass guitar when I was 13 and have never stopped practicing and performing since. I also have done a lot of writing, recording, producing, and have a Pro Tools Studio for students to use.

***College and Teaching***

I began teaching music lessons in college and enjoyed it very much. I received my B.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. There I was very much involved with guitar, piano, voice, trumpet, and being in bands and writing music. After receiving my B.A. I also took 3 years of Education classes at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I write, produce, and perform my music along with performing with bands around the Midwest.

***Life in Music***

After receiving my B.A. in Music, I continued teaching and opened up my home studio. After a year and a half I had enough students that I was able to quit my factory job and teach music full time. I've been teaching, performing, and writing music ever since.

***Performing and more***

I have been on stage performing music since I was 11. In school band, marching band, competing in music competitions, and in bands touring the Midwest.

I have recorded many CDs with bands and on my own. My most ambitious project was a CD of my original music called, "Girls". I've performed my music and promoted it by being interviewed on Milwaukee radio stations along with internet music sites such as CD Baby. It is very exciting talking on live radio about my music and my passion. It is also even more exciting, and scary, playing my music live on the radio, lol.

***Instruments Taught***

I have been teaching for over 2 decades. Students take lessons for:
* guitar (electric / acoustic)
* piano
* violin
* voice
* drums
* trumpet
* saxophone
* harmonica
* music theory / ear training
* studio recording / songwriting

I also give kindermusik lessons to 2-5 year old all the way up to senior citizens 70-93. I play parties, concerts, and Nursing Home performances.

I am experienced as an online (Skype) instructor, and I have taught online lessons worldwide. I've witnessed great results from my online students (both national and international).

I hope I can help you with all of your musical goals and get you going in a positive musical direction.



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34 Reviews
Kendice H.
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Paul is a very nice and understanding guy who only got to give our child an introductory lesson.

Posted Sep 30, 2020
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I'm glad I found Paul on I was looking for someone to help me take my decent but untrained voice to the next level. Paul is committed to helping me advance toward my goal of being a singer-songwriter. In addition to the exercises we work on to strengthen my voice and gain control, he has given me some strategies to track my progress and improve more quickly. He also encourages me to take risks and go out and sing karaoke. He is caring and authentic and genuinely invested in my growth, and I am becoming a better musician because of it. Thank you, Paul!!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
Lorence O.
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Paul makes learning fun and he’s very good at what he does!!!

Posted Jun 18, 2020
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I had guitar and voice classes and they were awesome. He is patient with students, and helps you to grow fast and easy with his methods.

Posted Feb 7, 2020
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I came to Paul for some voice lessons before my band entered the studio. Not only did he help me improve my voice and ear training, but he gave me many tools to improve my timing, vocal range, and knowledge of theory. I highly recommend him!

Posted Jan 28, 2020
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This was my first experience with on line teaching and it was great. I had tried reading the books and watching some videos on You Tube and was not making progress. Just a few minutes with Paul and what I couldn't figure out suddenly made sense.

Looking forward to next week.

Posted Aug 13, 2019
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My son loves his lessons, he gets really nervous prior because he always wants to get it right however, he likes the fact he’s at home and no one is watching him as he’s learning! As his parents we like that as a military family that will be moving again this is something that we can keep normal for him since it’s done online as well! Paul Neatherly is wonderful with him as well and very patient! I recommend this service and Paul to anyone looking for this type of learning!

Posted Dec 13, 2018
Monica M.
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Extremely knowledgeable. Pays attention to detail and he makes it easy for me to understand. I’m looking forward to my future lessons!

Posted Feb 21, 2018
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I meet Paul about three months ago, While not a complete beginner, I had tried to teach myself thru out the years and picked up a lot of bad habits. Paul helped me to see and fix my habits. Paul is a very qualified teacher, of many instruments, drums, keyboards, guitar, and others. I'm 59 years old, Paul doesn't mind my age, doesn't treat me like I'm too old to learn new stuff. And is more than willing to see me thru complete guitar instruction. Thanks Paul...

Posted Jul 23, 2017
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Good start to my first music lesson in my life

Posted May 11, 2017
Johnny D.
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Awesome job. Made it fun, easy to understand and listed to what my goals are. Fantastic teacher

Posted Mar 28, 2017
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I've been taking lessons for over 3 years and my teacher is really good at helping me see all my potential. He really wants all the best for his students and they get to make recordings of their songs.

Posted Mar 21, 2017
Ryan C.
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Very good teacher.

Posted Nov 27, 2016
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Thank you, Paul!

Posted Oct 17, 2016
Keri ..
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In one word ...amazing!

Posted Aug 1, 2016
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This is a great place to take your kid for lessons. he has a great learning plan for children. The kinder music for my 3 year old grandson is awesome. My grandkids love it there. The environment is nice, clean, and safe. There is a waiting area ear shot for the parent or you can get involved. I have noticed great improvement in listening and comprehending with my 7 year old grandchild that has a learning disability. He gets a chance to play all the instruments and is taught something about each one each time he comes. Plus there are instruments for sale if needed. I have even learned something's myself. I would recommend ABBEY MUSIC as a great place to get started and grow

Posted Jun 17, 2016
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Paul is an excellent teacher. He was kind, patient and willing to work on whatever it was that our daughter wanted to work on. He not only taught her guitar, but helped with her writing and some recording aspects as well. She was a teenager and loved her time she spent with Paul. She has been very successful so far in her music career and it all started with a passionate music teacher.

Posted Jun 2, 2016
Gina E.
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My 6 yr old daughter started taking piano lessens with Paul about 8 months ago and absolutely loves it! He is very knowledgeable and well equipped to accommodate students of all ages as well as a full range of instrumental interests. He takes the time to go beyond just the mechanics of playing the instrument and teaches the true art of hearing and appreciating the music. I highly recommend Abbey Music.

Posted Jan 6, 2016
Brandon T.
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Paul is a very nice guy he's calm & patient with my grandson My grandson says he like's working with him

Posted Dec 19, 2015
Brent Navis
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My daughter is new to guitar. Paul is very patient and friendly, and the student chooses the pace of learning. She's only on her third lesson, but we are confident that we'll be sticking with Paul.

Posted Dec 19, 2015
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My son is expanding his knowledge of musical theory with Paul.

Posted Dec 14, 2015
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My daughter is a new student for drums although she has experience with other instruments. She really seems to be learning a lot with Paul.

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Dennis Phifer
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Posted Jun 15, 2015
Angelica G.
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Good teacher and knows his stuff, but is too talkative and condescending. Lessons were interrupted by lectures to me on "life" and got off topic for several minutes (before I knew it the lessons were done because the lectures cut into our practice time). No real structure or lesson plan, just told me "the student is the boss and you decide where the lesson goes." Most teachers have a plan, structure, or goal for the student, at least by the 2nd lesson but not in this case. Also charged me for a cheap binder with music notes in it when I was done with the 1st lesson (which i would think is included in the price) and said it was optional, when in reality, I needed it to practice. If his lessons had more direction and he was more friendly, he would be a great teacher, but he was not for me.

Posted May 14, 2015
Robert K.
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Paul is a very patient and persevering teacher, he is particularly adept with the reluctant or difficult child, he never stops being encouraging and is dedicated to instilling knowledge to the child. I've had a very good experience with Paul and feel my child has gained some valuable musical knowledge at a young age which will become increasingly useful as time goes by.

Posted Apr 26, 2015
Lanette A.
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I would highly recommend this artist, musician, composer, teacher. His personality works well with all ages, backgrounds, enthnicities, cultures, etc.
Thank you, Paul, for taking me on the journey.

Paul is the go to. He's dynamic, writes, instructs on many instruments, takes his gift and gives you the tools to explore this fantastic journey we all love.

I always come away with a new concept, theory, vocabulary, and to do lists that will take me to the next level.

Posted Apr 23, 2015
Ginger A.
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I was a little nervous - at 70 starting lessons to learn the harmonica. Paul seems patient, knowledgeable and easy-to-work with.

Posted Apr 16, 2015
David R.
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Paul quickly helped me get started from zero knowledge.

Posted Apr 9, 2015
Jodi S.
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Paul is a wonderful instructor! My daughter has been taking singing lessons with him for a couple of months now. She was very nervous and shy at first, but he has really brought her out of her shell and is making her much more confident! He has wonderful ideas and techniques that are not only helping her improve, but really encouraging her. She loves her lessons and looks forward to them every week! I will be taking my 3 yr. old son in for kindermusik lessons in the future!!

Posted Mar 17, 2015
Jeff M.
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I am a long time student having first started guitar lessons in my late thirties. Thanks to Paul’s patience and expertise, I quickly evolved as a guitar player and all around musician. He has a great studio with a full variety of instruments so it's very convenient to not have to bring one's own instrument if one prefers not to. The studio also has a quality recording system , and I've created numerous professional sounding recordings of my guitar playing as well. Today I enjoy playing bass and guitar in a string band and continue to expand my musical horizons with Paul. I think he is an excellent instructor and I highly recommend him for beginners or intermediate musicians of all ages.

Posted Jan 5, 2015
Debbie C.
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When I decided to take guitar lessons I was a little nervous. I thought that it would be hard for me to learn since I'm no longer a child. What I was thinking was that you can't teach old dogs new tricks, not that I'm an old dog. I decided to do it anyway. Paul made everything easy to learn and I did learn new tricks so to speak. He definitely a good teacher for young and old alike.

Posted Dec 28, 2014
Lorrie H.
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I highly recommend this excellent, patient and creative teacher. He helped me grow as a musician and writer. If you are looking for an experienced and dedicated instructor, you will be pleased with Mr. Paul.

Posted Nov 24, 2014
Jacob S.
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Guys and Gals, If you or your kids are looking for a great teacher. You have come to the right place. He makes learning fun with his great personality and a giant variety of fun techniques to have you playing the guitar very quickly. When I started with him I really never picked up a guitar. Now I am playing live gigs with my own band and writing my own music. I just recently started singing lessons. I have my first one coming up on Wednesday. If they are anything like learning the guitar with Paul. I can't wait! Thanks Paul, You really have changed the way I listen and now play music!!

Posted Nov 17, 2014
Joyce B.
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I am a current student of Paul, I take voice lessons and piano. I have been taking lessons for 7 years now. Paul is always patient during the lessons and gives you his full attention. I really enjoy taking lessons, they are always fun, educational and challenging. I highly recommend him!

Posted Sep 13, 2014

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Music Instructor
Jun 1990 - Present

Abbey Music Lessons

I have taught music instruction for over 2 decades. I have also written and helped write songs for students. And I have produced and mixed songs using Pro Tools recording studio for students. I have also taught music theory and ear training to students.


B.A. in Music
Sep 1991 - May 1994

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

3 years / Education Classes
May 1988 - Sep 1991

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Sep 1984 - Jun 1988

Greenfield High School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


B.A. in Music
May 1992

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

*** Classical and Jazz guitar. *** Voice and choir. *** Piano and trumpet in band. *** Music theory *** Music business. *** Music History *** Studio recording and Ear training.

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