Our Staff

At Grisafi Music Institute (GMI), we offer one-on-one lessons with the most experienced teachers in the Philadelphia area.

We specialize in all styles of music including: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Country, Folk and Funk.

Gary Grisafi - Owner/Principal Guitar Instructor

Gary Grisafi, owner and instructor has been teaching professionally for the past 25 years. He has taught at the Nelly Berman School of Music, Georges Music, Pats Music and privately. Gary has been performing and recording for the past 30 years with artists such as Al Martino, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Peter Erskin, Stewkey from the "NAZZ" and many well-known local bands. He has recorded and has worked as a studio musician in local recording studios. Gary studied music (Jazz Guitar) at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts) and studied Guitar with Pat Martino, Ed Flanagan and Howard Herbert. He is co-author of two music instruction books.

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Keli Vale - Vocal Instructor

Keli Vale is a vocalist with over 20 years experience and a degree in Vocal Performance. With versatility in all styles of music, all varieties of venues, all types of sounds, she'll add flavor to any event, recording, performance, or voiceover.

She has been singing her entire adult life. She started out in local bars, jumping up and singing with anyone who'd let me. It didn't take long until she started singing professionally, and eventually was performing in her own duos, trios, and full band. She has sung on worship teams and Gospel choirs. She has performed in musical theater. Keli went back to school and got herself a degree in vocal performance.
Her latest adventure has been learning piano to accompany herself and now has added solo repertoire to her professional resume.

John Gorbe - Guitar Instructor

John earned his bachelors degree in 1997 with a focus on guitar performance at the University of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. For students who sign up for lessons with John, he offers an optional program of core material that organizes 7 skill sets into 8 ranks and 8 degrees for a total of 16 levels of achievement. This is a goal oriented approach to keep students motivated and working toward their goals. A certificate is issued upon completion of each level. All material taught in this system is everything a player will need to build their understanding and confidence as they pursue their musicial journey.

Michael Leggerie - Piano Instructor

Education - Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance, Graduate May 1991
Other Major Studies include Classical and Contemporary Art forms in Performance, Large Ensemble Arranging & Scoring (big band and orchestral, etc.), Songwriting, Film scoring, Conducting, Composition, and all other general music and academic courses.

Professional experience 1989-Present:
Piano/Keyboard and Songwriting instruction for all ages.
Early beginners through very advanced levels in all styles of Music specializing in Jazz and Classical.
1990-1991 Private Instruction, Boston, MA Self-Employed
1991-1993 Private Instruction in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware: Self-Employed and Employed by Howard Herbert's Music Center.
1993-1998 Private Instruction in Tri-State area: Self-Employed and Employed through The Conservatory Without Walls, Anthony Casario, Director.
1994-Present Self-Employed at Michael Leggerie Piano/Keyboard Instruction and Songwriting Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
1989-Present Performing in many various settings for solo, small and large ensembles at casinos, clubs, concerts, restaurants, hotels, places of worship, museums, conventions, political rally's and other public and private functions, including weddings, corporate affairs, parties/celebrations (anniversary, retirement, birthday, holiday, religious, etc.)
1992-Present Pianist with THE HEARTBEATS (Coctail hour/Ceremonies)
1999-2002 Former Keyboardist/Vocalist with LOVE SAVES THE DAY original rock group on Bodyguard Records music label.
2009-2010 Pianist and Vocalist with SEPARATE WAYS THE BAND (Journey Tribute Band)

Additional professional activities:
Piano Instruction to hundreds of people, including professionals (or family of) such as: musicians, actors, artists, lawyers, police, firefighters, doctors (and many other people in the medical profession), people in professional sports, broadcasting, government, politics, education and many other occupations. (More on file)
Piano Instruction to Special Needs children and adults.
Recording Artist, Producer, Engineer, and Arranger on numerous records/CD's.
Jazz/Classical Pianist, Bandleader of Jazz trio and other duo/trio/quartets performing in tri-state area of Philadelphia.
Singer/Songwriter and Performer of original pop/rock band currently working on recording/publishing deal.
Songwriter/Co-Writer, Performer, Recording Artist with many musicians/bands in many various genres of music including country, folk, blues, jazz, and alternative art forms.
Performed on Live Radio 97.5 WPST, Philadelphia, PA
Performed live on Major Television Networks ABC, CBS, and FOX (pre-recorded), and several cable networks along the East Coast.
Featured on WEtv's My Fair Wedding and worked with producer David Tutera.

Mike Talley - Woodwind Instructor:

Mike has been playing Woodwinds for over 40 years. He has been teaching for over 25 years. Mike's initial playing experience was with the Philadelphia Mummers Stringband Division, most notably Ferko Stringband. He left Stringbands to play in a professional Big Band for 10 years. His focus the last few years has been teaching. Understanding the goals and intentions of his students is his primary concern. Reading music, Theory, Improvisation are all areas Mike could help with. Young players to adults all welcomed.

Jimmy Cicchini - Drum Instructor

Jimmy has been playing the drums for 44 years now and loving every minute of it. He started playing professionally at the age of 16 but knew how to play from the age of 6 years old. Although he was blessed with natural talent, he went to Philadelphia's top two drum instructors from 1971 through 1984 for formal instructions. Jimmy's teachers preferred to teach him how to play from the heart with guidance from the ears and eyes. They also taught him about having a philosophy on drumming which leads to individual concepts. This is the essential and ultimate guidance system for any successful drummer.

Through out his career, he has played in every musical situation you can think of except for maybe opera!! He plays all styles and considers himself to be a pure "Grooveologist". Which interpreted means he gives you the authenticity within the feels and grooves of every genre of music when he "locks" it in. He has done some session work at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios and at Alpha International Studios and many of the local recording studios in the Tri-State area. Jimmy can lock into click tracks and sequences and make them groove. This is a specialty of his.

He has played all of the Atlantic City Casino's and has performed in a few local shows like Tony and Tina's Wedding. Through out his career he has worked with many of the top local club and wedding bands such as Full House, Jill Carr and Control, Totally Hot, The Exceptions and The Quake plus national acts like the Intrigues, Vikki Allen and the Image and Lee Andrews and the Hearts. For two years [2006-07] he was the house drummer and musical director for the Monday Night Live show, hosted by Michael Barrkann on Comcast Sportsnet. He is currently working with the local wedding/private affair band Bounce and the Blu Dogz.

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