Paul McHale

Paul M.

Staten Island, NY
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I am an experienced ukulele / guitar teacher with over 20 years of experience. I teach students of all levels and ages. In addition to teaching the student the style they want to learn I also believe in building a solid foundation and understanding in music theory. I believe one really does help the other.
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Paul delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
January 1990

I have been teaching music for about 25 years mostly on the guitar but I also give lessons on the bass, piano, and ukelele. I give lessons to beginner and intermediate students of all ages. If you want to learn and have fun I am ready for your lesson. In addition to teaching I have played in various local original and cover bands as well as musical productions. I enjoy the challenge every student brings.
I teach on the entire Island so if your address comes up as to far away call TL to get set up.
*** Lesson Details ***
I structure my lessons with a focus on learning to read and play music but I also like to teach a student what interests them as well. I think learning to read music is very important and it aides in the students development of their own musical personality. Early on the student will also learn songs or stlyes that interest them so its not just work but also play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and various other things (e.g. picks, music stands, metronomes, etc... at students expense) if asked. Student should provide instrument

*** Specialties ***
beginner on all instruments and rock guitar.
Intermediate students also welcome.

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Music teacher
May 2013 - Oct 2014
Dr. Trogan's Music School

I gave private guitar, piano and ukulele lessons at a local music school and taught music theory.

Stage tech
Jun 2013 - May 2014
Holy Family Parish Players

I worked as a stage tech during their productions of Those Fabulous Days of Radio and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

musical director
Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
Holy Family Parish Players

I was the musical director and played all stringed instruments in their production of Celebrate the season ( a Christmas production ).

Nov 2007 - Dec 2007
Trinity Church Manhattan

Performed the part of young Mr. Scrooge in their radio style production of Scrooge and Marley.

Photos & Videos

My student Ayden's last lesson before his family moves this summer.

My travel guitar for lessons on the left.

A little musical humor and my new favorite shirt.
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19 Reviews

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Alex Mar 28, 2019
Ukulele · In home

Great experience. My son loves the lesson.

Robin H. Mar 17, 2019
Piano · In home

My lesson with Paul went very well. He listened to how he could meet my piano needs and discussed what I will be doing to improve. I felt comfortable with him. I am looking forward to my next lesson!

Gabriella Jan 12, 2019
Ukulele · In home

My daughter is very shy, but Paul made her feel very comfortable. He is patient and a great teacher. I highly recommend him.

Lisa Oct 17, 2018
Piano · In home

I can’t say enough about Paul. Aside from his technical skill he was able to work with me on just the right level with just the right sense of humor! I wish I could have continued but my schedule made it impossible. But thanks to Paul I now have greater technical knowledge and will be able to go a bit future on my own, at least until until we can continue our lessons! I will truly miss our our time at the piano. You would be quite lucky to have Paul as your teacher!

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Lisa Aug 9, 2018
Piano · In home

Paul was very patient with me and has a great sense of humor! Exactly what I need !

Vince Jun 27, 2018
Bass Guitar · In home

Paul has been giving me bass guitar lessons for a while now and I truly enjoy our time together and the approach he is taking with me. As an adult trying to get back into music, he is making the process interedting ang challenging without being overbearing. I highly recommend Paul for music lessons and I look forward to each of our sessions.

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Guisella Jun 26, 2018
Piano · In home

Paul is amazing. He is very knowledgeable and patient. As a new adult student lessons require extra time and repetition. Paul will repeat lessons till I get it right. Thank you.

Kenneth Feb 5, 2018
Piano · In home

I have now received 9 months of training from Paul. I am amazed at how with his knowledge, help, patients and teachings I can say I play the piano and actually can play any easy piano arraignment. Being able to make this claim says a lot about Paul and his training. I am able to read the sheet music and no longer have to constantly look down at the keys. Paul has shown me so many different fingering options to achieve a much smoother transition of the position of my fingering. I know that no matter what issues I may come across during a piece that I can count on Paul to help me to figure out how to overcome the issue. Paul has so much to offer and I am like a little sponge.... Thank you Paul and I can’t wait to hit that one year mark of training and education from you.

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Guisella Jan 26, 2018
Piano · In home

Paul Is great!! He is patient and kind. I can’t wait for
My next lesson!

Henry Nov 9, 2017
Guitar · In home


Barbara Oct 17, 2017
Piano · In home

Paul is a great instructor! My daughter really enjoys her piano lessons.

Kenneth Jul 6, 2017
Piano · In home

I have been struggling to learn how to play for 35 years and never could find the right instructor for "Me". I have come to the conclusion that I will never play the piano so I have given up on my dream. I felt this was a big let down in my life and I couldn't let myself down by giving up. So I started a search again for an Instructor that will be good for me. My search online took me to takelessons and I was connected with Paul.

I thought, "What do I have to lose, nothing". So I signed up and I have to say after meeting Paul and taking, now 3 lessons, I find that I finally found the instructor for me.

Paul is very attentive to my learning needs and is very accommodating in adopting his teaching style to fit my learning style. I am a slow learner, as well as, a sight learner (in other words, I have to see what one is explaining for me to understand) Paul has taken his time with me to show and explain everything to me.

Paul encourages me to ask questions and he will take the time to answer any question that I have and if I don't understand, Paul will explain it differently to me until I understand. Paul has a vast knowledge in music, Piano and other instruments which is very reassuring to me.

I know I have made the right decision to take my lessons with Paul. I have to say, I will finally be able to achieve a dream of mine that I have had for the past 35 year, and it's all thanks to Paul.

Thank you so much, Paul!!!

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Joseph Jun 10, 2017
Guitar · In home

Paul is a great teacher, my 12 year old really enjoys learning. Very thoughtful and knowledgeable.

Ed Jan 11, 2017
Bass Guitar · In home

Highly recommended!
Paul is a true professional. Always polite, punctual and flexible. My son has been making quite a bit of progress in a few short months Paul has been teaching him. To the point that the middle school music teacher will be promoting my son to the advanced level band.

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Melania S. Oct 14, 2016
Piano · In home

Paul is great better then our expectations

charles Sep 20, 2016
Piano · In home

Paul was very good with my granddaughter Melania, he was patient and made her comfortable. She had a great experience .thanks Paul, looking forward to more lessons .

Jackie Jun 29, 2016
Ukulele · In home

Paul was a great teacher, my twelve year old grandson thought he was a cool guy. I found him pleasant, knowledgable and professional. I would recommend him highly.

Ayden H. May 10, 2016
Piano · In home

Very friendly and professional teacher.

Bonnie C. Jan 8, 2016
Piano · In home

Paul is very patient and understanding.

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