Matthew Gandolfo

Matthew G.

Ridgewood, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to play current Top 40, jazz, blues, classical. Whatever your musical dreams, we will construct a lesson plan to make them a reality through delight-directed study. If you love the music you are playing, you will not only practice and improve, but will look forward to your time at the instrument.

About Matthew G.

Hello! My name is Matthew and I am offering piano and voice lessons in your home or my studio. All lessons focused on student's goals and interests. Learn to sight read, play the blues, sing a show tune! I have been working professionally in the performing arts and have 20 years of experience working with all ages, from children to adults, and all levels, from beginners to professionals. I am always thrilled to help a young person uncover their musical ability, guide the experienced musician to further their proficiency, or provide the hobbyist with a fun, creative environment to explore the music they've always loved.


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35 Reviews
Rheba S.
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2 words.......THE BEST!!!

Posted Jul 9, 2020
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Amazing teacher! My 6 year old daughter has been taking piano lessons with Matthew for more than a 1 1/2 years and is always asking when she will have her next piano lesson. He is a very patient teacher and very knowledgeable of the subject. Matthew has a very kid-friendly personality and now, my daughter has been taking a few singing lessons once in a while, too.

Posted Dec 10, 2019
Andrew B.
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I have been taking music lessons on and off for many years now and it's easy to say that Matthew has been the best! He is super knowledgeable and very easy to work with.

I learned a lot from him and would highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Jun 7, 2019
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So excited to get started! Had a terrific first lesson

Posted Oct 24, 2018
David A.
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I absolutely love my lessons with Matthew. He is very patient, clear, and really evaluates each student to know what they need to focus on. Definitely would recommend Matthew to any new students

Posted Aug 13, 2018
Peri L.
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Matthew wasreally nice and kind.
Very patient too
Knowledgeable as well🙏🙏🙏🙏

Posted Oct 19, 2017
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My 7 year old daughter loved her lesson!

Posted Sep 30, 2017
Crystal C.
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I LOVE LOVE Matthew. Im so lucky to have him as a teacher. If you're looking for the best teacher for singing or piano lessons I highly recommend him.

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Essesien N.
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Proficient in getting beginners like me started

Posted Sep 14, 2017
Rajeev M.
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Wow, excellent instructor. Really working into details to bring out my voice. Amazing.

Posted Aug 21, 2017
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Very good instructor! I highly recommend him

Posted Jun 9, 2017
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An amazing instructor. I had no knowledge with singing but Matthew made me feel very comfortable and is very patient with my learning. Highly recommended. You will definitely get your money's worth.

Posted Jun 4, 2017
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Matt is a bright presence. He's made remarkable strides with my son's singing voice and demonstrated dynamic approach to teaching.

Posted Mar 29, 2017
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Matthew is a great teacher and very patient. He is encouraging and takes his time out to learn his students. Thank you Matthew!

Posted Mar 10, 2017
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Excellent teacher and a wonderful person. Leila was shy in the beginning and Matt was patient and knew how to work with her which made her comfortable. Leila learned a lot already in the few lessons she's had and is excited to learn more.

Posted Feb 27, 2017
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First lesson went ready well! Looking foward to future lessons.

Posted Feb 26, 2017
Victoria D.
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Great lesson.

Posted Feb 25, 2017
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Based on one lesson, Matthew was terrific. On time and my son really liked him. He'll back next week for lesson 2. Really upbeat attitude and very easy-going. Plus he really knows his piano - just want to make sure I mention that. Good teacher no doubt. As my son gets to know him I am sure he'll have no problem getting more excited about learning the piano.

Posted Feb 21, 2017
Mathew H.
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Matthew came in very experienced happy to work my son click with him right away I can see he knows exactly what he's about my son will be very happy working with him I am very happy thank you Matthew for a great great session

Posted Feb 4, 2017
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Very informative! BOOK HIM!

Posted Nov 12, 2016
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this was my 3rd lesson, and I enjoyed it. Matthew is the teacher I was looking for so far. Lot of theory, very clear explanations, and a lot of homework! I know my piano knowledge will improve a lot and fast.

Posted Oct 12, 2016
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First lesson, I love it. I know already I will learn a lot with Matthew.

Posted Sep 28, 2016
Vanessa S.
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Excelent matt knows what he is doing now i want hem for piano too. Ho.. and im going with matt my daughter and me to America Got Talent soon

Posted Jun 7, 2016
Ysabella M.
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Posted Apr 3, 2016
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We just finished the first lesson with Matthew for my 8 year old son. Matthew was very friendly but very professional. My son was a little bit nervous at first but when Matthew started to play piano with my son I can tell that my son was enjoying the lesson. I know that we found the right teacher and we are so excited to have his lessons for many more times to come!

Posted Mar 19, 2016
Aminah R.
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My daughter has been taking lessons with Matthew for a few weeks now and even she notice the difference in her singing. Matthew is a great teacher and we know my daughter will get very far with him being her voice coach .

Posted Mar 14, 2016
Yoomi C.
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My kids have been taking lessons with Matthew for almost 2 months now and in a short period of time, I've seen great progress. He is very patient and engaging while he teaches and I like his teaching methods. So glad I found him on this website!

Posted Dec 20, 2015
Makaila B.
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My daughter Makaila loved her first lesson. She wants to even extend it to 45mins. Matthew was awesome. Had my daughter playing and reading music in 20 mins. Extremely pleasant and very upbeat.

Posted Oct 3, 2015
Mercedes M.
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25 stars!
Since the first lesson you could hear something happening. I've never heard the progress like the first seating. Matthew knows how to teach! He teaches to warm up your voice. My daughter is getting more familiar with keys and her notes. My daughter is excited and looks forward to her next lesson. He is definitely a keeper!

Posted Jul 30, 2015
Adam K.
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I'm learning so much and it is very rewarding!

Posted Mar 12, 2015
Lin W.
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My child has been taking piano lessons with Matthew for over five years (pre-teen to teen). I myself took a few lessons with Matthew, until my schedule no longer allowed for the continuation of those lessons. He is extremely talented and patient. Most importantly, he is capable of teaching people to play a wide variety of piano music. Not everyone can teach what they know. I highly recommend Matthew as an instructor for you or your family.

Posted Jan 6, 2015
Albert S.
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I have known Matthew for over three years. I took my son to him for Singing and acting lessons. Matthew is amazing. He is a very talented, creative, as well as an inspirational teacher. He is so kind and considerate to all that he teaches. Matthew is a drama student of the Performing Arts and is beyond incredible in his acting roles. His singing is stunning. When it comes to lessons, Matthew is the only person that I would bring my son too.

Posted Nov 25, 2014
Courtney H.
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Matthew genuinely created my love for music. I began taking piano lessons with him at 8 years old, and then vocal lessons at 15. He not only made lessons fun, but has a true investment in his students' musical progression and talent. I can still remember when he sat down with my 12 year old self and convinced me not to give up on my musical talent just because I was frustrated with practicing. I would recommend Matthew to absolutely anyone, he is a wonderful mentor, friend, and teacher!

Posted Nov 24, 2014
Marika S.
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Matthew is an exceptional vocal coach. My son looks forward to going and his singing has really improved. There aren't enough words to express how pleased I am and lucky to have found Matthew as my son's vocal coach.

Posted Nov 24, 2014
Derick P.
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He's truly amazing, over the past few years I've learned so many new techniques. He also helps you practice with the things that you like or benefit from. It can either be classical, pop, etc. Overall it's a great experience!

Posted Nov 23, 2014

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Piano Instructor
Jun 1994 - Present

Private Piano Lessons

Offering private piano lessons with a strong focus on sight reading and the fundamentals of musical theory through analysis and performance of the early classical repertoire, while providing tools for improvisation in various musical forms, especially 12 bar blues and pop. Providing guidance for the implementation of proven techniques—parental involvement, establishment of a practice routine, and praise-based acknowledgment of achievements—to ensure progress of the young student. Teaching older students self-motivation techniques and practice-management skills to heighten the efficacy of time spent at the instrument, as well as regularly communicating with older students about the musical world at large—current top 40 songs, musical traditions of other cultures, etc—to increase the scope of their musical journey. Detailed notes taken during every lesson, reviewing material covered and clearly outlining practice objectives for coming week. Quarterly assessment of student’s goals and current musical interests, to assure continued progress and enjoyment.

Teaching Artist
Nov 2008 - Jun 2015

The New York Learning Center

Providing dynamic music instruction to children aged 5-18, with a strong focus on group performance and camaraderie. Instruction through delight directed studies, constructive silliness, and establishment of well-defined goals. Lessons focused on sight reading and ability to improvise in various musical styles. Transcribing arrangements of current Top 40 hits specifically created for student's proficiency.

Musical Director
May 2000 - May 2014

Pax Amicus Castle Theatre

Directed and Musical Directed productions for Generation Next, a community theatre program for teens. Through an insistence on encouragement and support among teen performers, and providing a safe, judgment-free environment, Generation Next has become a very successful youth-driven program, performing many fairy tale classics such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty as well as main stage productions of Annie, Into the Woods and Rent.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2006 - Jun 2008

Artscape, LLC

Provided musical arrangements and worked closely with students of George Westinghouse High School for several productions under the guidance of Artscape, LLC.

Vocal Instructor
Mar 2002 - Jun 2004

Kaleidoscope Productions

Developed and taught vocal workshop, focusing on breath control, fully supported tone production, maintenance of raised soft palate, improved diction and stage presence. Workshop culminated in group and individual performances for family and friends.

Musical Director
Sep 2001 - Jun 2004

Great Meadows Middle School

Worked with 5th through 7th grade classes, providing fun, enjoyable instruction in singing and performing the great works of musical theater through MTI’s “Jr.” catalogue. Successful productions of The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Annie, Into The Woods, and Once On This Island were mounted for both daytime peer performances, as well as evening performances for family and friends.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2002 - Jun 2002

Great Meadows Middle School

Developed and taught after school Shakespeare workshop for upper-grade middle school children. Program focused on heightened language, interpretation of meter, projection, exaggerated precision of physicality, and basic unarmed combat. The program concluded with an evening performance of famous scenes from the canon, specifically chosen to highlight each student’s strengths in order to ensure a positive performance experience.

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