All Ages . . . All Levels . . . All Styles for guitar lessons

22 Years’ Teaching Experience
25 Years’ Performing Experience

Paul Speidel is a recognized name in the Boston area both as a professional musician and a respected guitar instructor. He has been teaching all facets of guitar privately since 1983, and currently instructs between 35 and 40 guitar & electric bass students a week. His students’ ages range from 7 to 70!

Teaching Philosophy

While it is not unusual to find performing musicians who teach private lessons, Paul combines his distinctive perspective as a professional musician with a commitment to the personal and musical growth of each of his students. His approach to each student is unique, tailoring guitar technique and music fundamentals to the student’s individual learning styles and musical tastes. Paul’s goal is to aid in the student’s creative process with relevant basic, intermediate or advanced skills so they can enjoy making their own music.

Areas of Instruction

Guitar Technique
·Open Chord Forms & Bar Chords
·Fingerboard Study: Note Names and
Position Playing
·Scales and Arpeggios

Music Fundamentals
·Ear Training
·Note and Rhythm Reading
·Music Theory

Creative Applications
·Playing the Music of Your
Favorite Bands and Artists
·Improvisation (Jamming!)
·Songwriting & Composing


“The lessons are fun, constructive and friendly. Assignments are a challenge, yet helpful. I learn about all different aspects of the guitar!”
Julia S., age 11

“You are one of the few people who can understand that kids all have different skills and paces. You are always in a good mood!”
Dave K., age 12

“You evaluate what your students’ needs are and push them in that direction. In depth knowledge of many styles; suitable for teaching at any level, from beginning to advanced.”
Joel L., adult

“I can be creative in a very new and different way. It helps me appreciate music in a new and wonderful way.”
Dave M., adult

And others…

“He is a great guitarist! And very patient.”
“Paul can handle all skill levels with expertise,
understanding, patience and insight.”
“Extremely knowledgable”
“Paul is a very good instructor with a good
sense of humor. He’s very supportive.”
“Willing to teach songs you want to learn.”
“Helped build my confidence in my ability
to play.”
“Paul is a great teacher. He is very patient
and encouraging.”

Paul’s Education and Teaching Experience

•Bachelor’s Degree Music and German Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 1986
•Master’s Degree Music Theory and Composition University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1990
•Teaching Assistant Jazz Studies Program University of Northern Colorado, 1987-1989
•Jazz Program Director Newton South High School, 1992-1997
•Guitar and Blues Guitar Instructor Newton Community Education, 1991- 2012
•Guitar Instructor Newton Fine Arts Extension Program, 1993-1999
•Certified State of Massachusetts Educator, 1995-2000