The Musical Mandala is a creative, dynamic, and light-hearted music studio in Bellingham, Washington. Through an holistic approach integrating body, voice, and mind, students in The Musical Mandala develop confidence in innate creativity, a deeply felt understanding of  music fundamentals, and fluency in creative expression.

Paul Russell is the creative catalyst and musical guide at The Musical Mandala. Paul offers instruction in voice, guitar, bass, ukulele, piano/keyboard, mandolin, composition, improvisation, and more at Allegro Strings and The Bellingham Folk School downtown.


Paul guided me to listen more to my inner being, to trust myself, to improvise, and to play from the heart.” -Pauline D’Halluin, Musician/Student

“I’d played the music notes thousands of times before, but never really felt them until working with Paul.” -Linard Van den Bossche, Songwriter & Performer/Band Leader

“Paul is a remarkable person of rare talent. He and his music are a mixture of genius with a touch of quirk, the perfect combination for teaching someone how to learn music and have fun while doing it.” -Tara Lee Walling, Songwriter/Performer


Spaces in the private studio of The Musical Mandala are offered a month at a time. The investment in your creative life is $195/mo which includes four weekly 1hr lessons as well as ongoing support.

For younger students, the investment ranges from $110 – $150/mo which includes four weekly 30-45min lessons as well as ongoing support.