Paul Shapshak, PhD, attended the Public High School of Music and Art in New York City. He was a music student, playing violin, piano, and conducting. He attended the Henry Street Settlement Music School in New York City with a full scholarship, studying violin, chamber music, orchestra, conducting, music history, harmony, musicology, and counterpoint. He participated in orchestral and chamber music concerts at the High School of Music and Art, radio WNYC, and played a Mozart violin concerto at the Lower East Side Amphitheatre. In addition, he received summer full scholarships to attend the Rhodes School to study mathematics and the Aspen Music Festival. At the summer 1959 Aspen Music Festival, he studied violin with Szymon Goldberg (World War II concentration camp survivor), chamber music with Ralph Hillier (of the Juilliard String Quartet), orchestra, and musicology. After that, he attended Harvard College (BA), New York University Medical Center Graduate School, and Princeton University Graduate School (PhD), all with scholarships. While at Harvard College, he attended an English literature course taught by Professor William Alfred, played violin and viola in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Bach Society Orchestra, and chamber music groups, and also conducted chamber music groups.