Paul Wiltgen

Paul W.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach all classical percussion instruments and orchestral percussion. Classical snare drum technique, sightreading, music notation, orchestral percussion repertoire, mallet percussion. I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations.
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Paul delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2006

As a teacher (and also father) Paul finds great joy in sharing his experience and insight with the next generation of creative musicians. For many years, he has taught drummers and percussionists of all ages and levels in academic settings as well as privately. He has also taught workshops and masterclasses at several renowned venues and music conservatories while touring with bands throughout Europe (Royal Academy of Music, London UK; Hull University, Hull UK; Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, Paris FR).
Playing music has always been a part of Paul's life. Growing up in a family of musicians, he started playing cello at age 6 and he's been playing drums since age 8. After an extensive classical tutelage at the Music Conservatory in Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg) and at various music workshops throughout the world, he completed both undergraduate and graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music, learning from the likes of John Riley, David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee & Michael Abene.
Paul has since been able to make a name for himself among the local and international music industry as an accomplished drummer and forward-thinking composer. He has performed at several international festivals (North Sea Jazz Festival) and at some of the world's most prestigious jazz clubs in the US and overseas. Paul has appeared alongside such emerging stars as David Binney, Linda Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Vinson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lage Lund, Mike Moreno and Tim Collins.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether my students are young or old, taking lessons as a hobby or wish to pursue a career in music, I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations.
I have a lot of fun teaching and I want you or your child to have fun during our lessons.
My students learn music in the most natural and intuitive way possible. I try to build on what the student already likes, listens to and has a passion for. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs and we usually end up working with those. I also like using songs by The Beatles as they provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.
In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, I have a strong background in music theory and I want to make sure my students not only know how to play their instrument, but also become familiar with reading and writing music.
After a few months in the studio, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of music and have acquired the basic tools and techniques which will allow you to play your favorite pieces of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drumset, Cymbals, Practice Pads, Audio Equipment for Play-Along, Electric Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Practice Pad, Cymbals, Laptop, Recordings, Headphones and necessary cables, sheet music, .... .

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drumming

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Professional / Freelance Performer and Educator
Jan 2001 - Present

Larchmont Music Academy, Larchmont, NY 2014
Mark Murphy’s Music, South Orange, NJ 2013
iSchool of Music and Art, Long Island, NY 2013
Bloomingdale School of Music, New York, NY 2012
Introduction to Music Classes at Luxembourg State Foster Homes 2011
Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, Paris, FR (workshop) 2010
Hull University, Hull, GB (workshop) 2008
Shanghai Jazz School, China (masterclass, workshop) 2008
Royal Academy, London, GB (workshop) 2007
Long Island Conservatory, NY, USA 2006
Private drum lessons since 2001

Concert Venues:
Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, Cornelia Street Café, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music (New York), Snug Harbor Jazz Club, Jazz National Historical Park, French Quarter Fest (New Orleans), Fiesta Jazz Festival (San Antonio, Texas), Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, The Vortex (London); Olympia, Duc des Lombards (Paris); The North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam), The Bimhuis (Amsterdam); Ribe Jazz Festival (Denmark), Cotton Club (Tokyo), etc. .... .

Organic Trio "Home Remembered" 2013
Reis/Demuth/W. (Laborie Jazz Records) 2013
Siiri Sisask, “Lingua Mea” (Jazz&Arts Records) 2010
Franz von Chossy Trio, (EtceteraNewRecords) 2009
Riaz Khabirpour Band, (Konnex Records) 2009
The TransAtlantic Collective, “Traveling Song” (Woodville Records) 2008
The Paislies, (Fresh Sound New Talent Records) 2007
Gordon Webster, “Blues Till Dawn”, 2007
Adam Czerepinsky, “Dimensions”, 2006
Mariendall Percussion Ensemble, “It might as well be … “, 2000
Esch/Azette Conservatory Brass Band, “Live at World Music Contest, Kerkrade”, 1997

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Master of Music
Sep 2004 - May 2006
Manhattan School of Music
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2001 - May 2004
Manhattan School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Manhattan School of Music Scholarship
Sep 2002
Manhattan School of Music

Photos & Videos

With Brian Seeger and the ORGANIC TRIO in New Orleans, LA
with Franz von Chossy Trio
with the TransAtlantic Collective
My son Oscar!

Photo by Paul W.

live in Auvernier Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Photo by Paul W.

Photo by Paul W.

Playing with Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen TRIO
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6 Reviews

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Luis J Amadeo A. Dec 13, 2015
Drum · In studio

Paul is great teacher. My 7 year old son and I have been taking lessons with Paul for several months and I'm very please with the progress that we have both made. Paul has done a great job at tailoring my son's and my lessons to reflect the difference in age, skill, and musical interests. He has taught us fundamentals and technique but has also incorporated songs into the lessons, which is helping us build skill, while making it more fun. I would recommend him both for kids and adults. He has a great personality and is very patient, responsible, and puntual.

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Devon Z. Oct 5, 2015
Drum · In studio

I have little musical training and absolutely no experience playing the drums but thought it would be a fun thing to do in my free time. I'm 31 and did not have high expectations that I would be able to handle even basic 3-limbed coordination. After sitting down with Paul once, it was a happy revelation to find out that I was actually capable of learning. He is patient & observant. For a beginner like me, he does a good job of structuring incremental exercises, while simultaneously finding songs at my level, so I could learn to play a song from beginning to end after only a few lessons. He's good at keeping me on track and encouraging me to practice. I feel lucky that my first experience learning the drums has been with such a great teacher!

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madeline park Sep 21, 2015
Drum · In studio

Paul is an awesome teacher! I began taking drum lessons on a whim and had 0 experience/ former knowledge about drumming. He has taught me so much in very little time and made it extremely dynamic and fun. I look forward to my lessons each week because I always feel accomplished at the end. I highly recommend him as a teacher!

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Minky L. Feb 4, 2014
Drum ·

He's an unbelievable teacher!

Paul is a teacher kids and parents would beg for! He's patient, kind, funny and amazing with my son. My child is not easy to calm, let alone teach, but Paul has this kind and fun personality that connects well with my son. When its time to learn they get down to business but when my son needs a break from the concentration, Paul allows him to break loose a bit and even joins in on the fun! I've never been more happy with a teacher before!!
Thank you Paul!! Your awesome!!!
Minky and Meir

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Ann M. Jan 27, 2014
Drum ·

Paul is awesome!

I started taking lessons with Paul when I was 14 to work on songs I was playing with a couple of friends at school. Paul teaches me so much and he's very organized. We have a lot of fun during lessons. He's very passionate about music and he knows how to convey his love for drumming.

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Ann M. Mar 12, 2013
Drum ·

He's wonderful

My son has been studying drums with Paul for about a year now and Paul has been so wonderful. My son loves his lessons and is crazy about the drums.

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