Renz, Paul

Bass (Electric), Guitar

Paul Renz is a jazz guitar and jazz ensemble instructor at MacPhail Center for Music. He also teaches guitar, theory and composition.  He has been at MacPhail since 1994, and has been teaching for more than 35 years.  He enjoys working with high school age students and adults from beginners to advanced level students.

As an instructor, Paul is very organized and has a hands-on, nurturing, supportive style. He works hard to strike the perfect balance between prodding a student to set high expectations and really applying themselves to the learning process, recognizing the serious nature of music study, to really enjoying the process. Paul’s students are frequently heard to say ‘wow’ after their lesson.

Paul is known to Twin Cities’ jazz aficionados for his remarkable and cutting edge quartet, which performs regularly at area jazz clubs and tours nationally every other year. He has recorded numerous award-winning CDS featuring original music. Paul has been a featured guitarist and composer on National Public Radio. His works have been commissioned by Tidewater Performing Arts Society of Virginia, Tidewater Classic Guitar Society of Virginia, the Minnesota Center for Arts Education, MacPhail Center for Music and Roseville Area High School.

He has composition and jazz studies degrees from the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.