After graduating from music college, Paul began teaching harmony, theory, composition and songwriting both privately and in schools. He has carved a niche for himself in helping students develop their songwriting and compositional skills mostly within the framework of the more popular and commercial styles of music.
As well as many who simply want to create music for their own pleasure, Paul has built up a diverse roster of clients ranging from dance music producers aiming to acquire a practical understanding of music theory, harmony and structure, to rock bands and artists seeking help with their melody writing and song arrangements.
He has developed a jazz-specific harmony method which he has used to great effect with students wishing to expand their knowledge of the genre; this has also proved useful for soul and funk and certain house producers. Paul devised a more generic keyboard harmony system designed for those wanting to play by ear, increase awareness of how music works and add to their tonal palette for songwriting.
He has published a Flute Scale Study book for the Trinity Guildhall Exam Syllabus and has written articles for a number of music journals and magazines on the practical application of theory and harmony in songwriting.
Paul has taught composition, music theory and harmony at all levels including GCSE, AS and A (OCR, AQA, EDEXEL) and IB Diploma, and has acted as consultant in the development of curricular schemes of work.
He has a powerful and portable computer recording setup which he often uses to record and produce his students’ work whether for personal use or as a more professional demo. Many clients also integrate tuition in music technology with their compositional studies.
As a composer, Paul has written for TV, film and radio as well as foley and backgrounds for theatre and audio drama, and continues to write and record his own songs releasing several albums under various guises.
Paul is a graduate of Trinity College of Music where he studied formal composition with the renowned Czech composer Antonín Tucapský and electronic music, studio and production technique with american composer Glen Morgan. He was the recipient of both the Chappell and Halford composition prizes and was awarded the DIP.TCL (mus.) LTCL and ALCM diplomas.
Film and TV credits include MTV Networks Europe, Channel 4, Sky TV, Bilbao International Film Festival and BBC World.
As a performer and composer, Paul has worked with several orchestras, chamber ensembles and organisations including the London Pops, RTE National Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Concert, National Symphony, Vinculum Wind Quintet, Jelenek Quartet, BMIC and the Malvern Festival.