Gio Andollo
New York, NY
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Gio Andollo

Gio A.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've played guitar since I was only eight years old (over 20 years!) in many different bands, styles, and genres. I played in a traditional Irish ensemble when I was in college and have since picked up banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and bodhran (an Irish hand drum). I love playing and teaching bluegrass music, it's a special challenge both for me and the students!

About Gio A.

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)


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25 Reviews
Ron M.
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Sure had fun and Gio gave me a lot of homework. This is good. I'm starting to get a good understanding of the Harmonica.

Posted Jun 30, 2020
Ron M.
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A great introduction to a Harmonica. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Jun 17, 2020
Tara Hodnett
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Is a very good teacher he's very patient.

Posted Dec 13, 2019
Ramon L.
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I am learning consistently and step by step.

Posted Aug 30, 2019
Tom E.
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He came up with just the right exercises to help with my current problems. Answered questions lucidly. Very patient.

Posted Aug 14, 2019
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Gio was really encouraging and I look forward to continuing lessons with him!

Posted Jul 29, 2019
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Gio was great- very patient with my son who is a clarinet beginner.

Posted Jul 1, 2019
Hardy S.
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tough connecting, but week will be easier

Posted Aug 22, 2018
Ian C.
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1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.

Posted Jul 7, 2017
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Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!

Posted May 6, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 26, 2016
Jeniffer S.
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He's very pleasant, patient and easy to understand.

Posted Mar 30, 2016
Nathaniel E.
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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.

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Cynthia X.
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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!

Posted Jan 11, 2016
Anneliese Scheef
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Very patient with an older student with unclear goals.

Posted Nov 18, 2015
Lesly C.
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Great, very understanding.

Posted Sep 9, 2015
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Posted Sep 8, 2015
Noah F.
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Gio is outstanding!look no further.

Posted Aug 31, 2015
Desiree M.
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Im really excited to learn more

Posted Jun 4, 2015
Rich P.
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Gio is great. He knows his stuff and makes the lessons fun while teaching.

Posted Mar 20, 2015
Charles W.
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Gio has been wonderfully patient with my efforts as a total beginner. His instructions are clear and helpful, and he has provided a good mix of motivation and encouragement. Highly recommended!

Posted Sep 15, 2014
Kristina T.

Great, creative teacher

Gio has a great way of thinking outside the box and teaching my daughter each week. He uses creative methods to engage her and help her relate to the material and provides easy instructions for practicing during the week. He is patient and easy going which allows for her not to feel overwhelmed as she's just learning the guitar. I'm very happy with how he's teaching her!

Posted Feb 10, 2014
Mary V.

Attentive and great at teaching technique

Gio truly focuses on the student's needs. I've met too many self-absorbed musicians in the past, but Gio really pays attention to details in the student's playing. He is excellent at teaching technique and was the first guitar teacher to help me fix physical problems regarding posture and arm tension. His kind, easy-going manner makes a student comfortable. He has a wealth of musical knowledge to share.

Posted Jan 26, 2014
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Posted Mar 26, 2020
Michelle P.
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Posted Jan 11, 2018

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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



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