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Q&A with Paul
Which musician would you like to play with?
Which musician has influenced you the most?
My biggest influences musically have been progressive rock groups, mainly Yes, King Crimson, and Emerson Lake and Palmer.
What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?
I can teach you how to improvise freely and with expression using practical music theory and ear training.
How did you learn to play your instrument?
I started out playing drums as a kid and soon began piano lessons. Over the years I picked up other instruments along the way, including guitar, bass, voice, and organ.
What equipment do you play on today?
I use a Yamaha Motif ES8 keyboard, Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty guitar, Conn Organ.
Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?
Always being a perfectionist about my playing; it helped me learn things more thoroughly than I might have otherwise.
What does your instrument have that others don't?
My instrument has the ability to play melody, chords, and rhythms all at once. Very few other instruments are as capable solo as the piano.
How do you handle children?
I focus on allowing the children to enjoy music first and foremost, because I believe that my biggest responsibility n helping students become great musicians lies in my ability to motivate them to practice, and I believe a student who enjoys music is far more likely to want to practice than a student who doesn't enjoy it.
What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
I composed a piece for my university's choral ensemble and we performed it for our homecoming concert during my senior year.
What was the biggest stage you played on?
LA Memorial Colosseum, performing the National Anthem for an NFL game.
Which record would you take with you to the desert island?
Yes - Fragile
Besides music, what else is important in your life?
I care very deeply about the people who are closest to me and I love spending my free time with them. I also am a big car guy so I spend a lot of time around cars, whether I'm driving, working on them, or just talking about them with others.
Level(s) Comfortable Teaching
Beginner to Advanced
What languages can you teach in?
Beginner to advanced pianobeginner and intermediate guitarbeginner bassbeginner and intermediate voicebeginner and intermediate drums
Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations
2018 - Rams vs. Chiefs, National Anthem as part of an octet\ 2019 - Josh Groban at the Santa Barbara Bowl, choir\ 2019 - Premiere of original work "Psalm 104" with Cal Lutheran Choir
Other Music-related work / goals
I want to record and release my own full length album.
2019 Regional Competition for Young Organist West Regional finalist
Cars, mountain biking, hiking, reading