Gio Andollo

Gio A.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Ukulele

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I'm a professional musician and instructor, teaching various instruments for over ten years. My main instruments are guitar and drums/percussion, but I've also played and taught piano, mandolin, ukulele, and harmonica.

I would love to work with novice ukulele players of any age, to get you through the basics - chords, melodies, rhythms, strumming, finger-picking, and so much more! We can learn popular songs for the ukulele and/or talk about reading and writing music on the ukulele. I'll structure lessons according to the age, skill level, and interest of the student.
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About

Gio delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 1+

Teaching since:
January 2005

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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Experience

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.

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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.

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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.

Education

BA Music
Aug 2004 - May 2008
University of Central Florida

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Gio Andollo (@GioSafari) performs "When I'm Jumpin" with his friends.
Me with my fiancee and our pug.

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This song is an homage to Dylan, Guthrie, Kerouac, with a nod to Robert Frost. Performed on Knoxville's Blue Plate Special.

15 Reviews

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Ian C. Jul 7, 2017
Drum · In studio

1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.

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

Rich P. Mar 20, 2015
Harmonica · Online

Gio is great. He knows his stuff and makes the lessons fun while teaching.

Charles W. Sep 15, 2014
Clarinet · In studio

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!

Kristina T. Feb 10, 2014
Guitar ·

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!

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Mary V. Jan 26, 2014
Guitar ·

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.

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