Gio Andollo

Gio A.

New York, NY

About Gio A.

Gio teaches: Ages 1 and up
Teaching since: January 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday


I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)

Photos and Videos

Gio Andollo (@GioSafari) performs "When I'm Jumpin" with his friends.


Band Director
Jan 2017 - Present
MS 244

As of January 2017, I am the band director at the New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge (MS244 in the Bronx). I work with grades 6-8 in varying class sizes, teaching strings (violin, cello), brass (trumpet), woodwinds (clarinet, flute, saxophones), guitar, piano, bass, and drums. More than anything, I teach my students how to play as an ensemble, no matter their individual skill level.

Music Instructor
Jan 2005 - Present
Private Music Lessons

I began teaching guitar and drums in 2005, with students of all ages. I've taught both individual lessons and group lessons on both, and I've worked with young children (even infants and toddlers), teenagers, and adults. Over the years, I have also taken on students of percussion, harmonica, piano, mandolin, and bass guitar as well.

Music Teacher
Oct 2009 - Jun 2010
Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation

I taught an after-school rock band class to middle-school-aged students. Bands consisted of guitar, keyboard, drums, and bass guitar.

Academic Tutor
Sep 2008 - Aug 2009
Notre Dame Americorps

I volunteered with AmeriCorps, tutoring ESOL students in English and other academic subjects, as well as SAT Math prep, and assisted the school's band director with music classes.

Assistant Teacher
Jan 2005 - May 2005
A Gift For Music

I helped teach violin to a class of third graders.


BA Music
Aug 2004 - May 2008
University of Central Florida

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

14 Reviews on Gio A.

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Steve May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!
Julianne Apr 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio My son Joseph just completed his 5th lesson with Gio and he LOVES his piano classes. Gio is very patient and dedicated to Joseph. Glad that my son is taking lessons from him.
Jeniffer S. Mar 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio He's very pleasant, patient and easy to understand.
Nathaniel E. Jan 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home My son has learned alot with Gio so far. He is very patient, professional and wonderful working with my son who is now 8 years old. I look forward to many more lessons.
Cynthia X. Jan 11, 2016
· Mandolin · In home Gio is priceless!Gio has been working with our 3 year old teaching him the mandolin for 6 months now. We find his commitment,expertise+personality impeccable. I would advise you to take lessons from no other. He is a star!
Anneliese Scheef Nov 18, 2015
· Ukulele · In studio Very patient with an older student with unclear goals.
Lesly C. Sep 9, 2015
· Guitar · In studio Great, very understanding.
TC G. Sep 8, 2015
· Harmonica · Online Great!!!
Noah F. Aug 31, 2015
· Mandolin · In home Gio is outstanding!look no further.
Desiree M. Jun 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio Im really excited to learn more
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