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 35 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 40 years with artists such as Bobby Rydell, 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.

Nicholas Zaborowski - Guitar Instructor

Nicholas Zaborowski, has been teaching for two years as a private teacher and more recently at Grisafi Music Institute. Nick has been performing locally in Philadelphia since 2015 as a solo acoustic musician as well as in multiple bands. He is currently a Music Therapy student at Temple University, where he has studied with Craig Ebner, Mike Moreno, and Greg Kettinger. Nick is also a church musician and has played regularly at St. Jerome’s Church and Maternity BVM Church. Nick utilizes an individualized approach in which students of all levels can reach their full musical potential in order to become well-rounded musicians.

Alexander Randall - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

With over 25 years of experience, I offer private lessons for guitar and bass guitar. Focusing on the students needs, I create a personal, organized practice system to follow that works towards achieving your individual goals, exposing weak points to make them strengths. Learning correctly from the start and building necessary foundation skills will save you from forming debilitating bad habits and techniques. Bad Technique leads most to great frustration and giving up the instrument. I teach students of all ages, including kids, and all levels of study from beginner to advanced. Public and Private school teachers as well as parents and former students recommend me for the simple reason that I get results. Many of my students started from scratch and became working professional musicians. Former students have acquired college scholarships to colleges like Berklee school of music. Let my decades of successfully training guitarists to play at their highest level work for you!

Patrick Robinson - Piano

Patrick Robinson is a pianist, guitarist, composer, producer and educator based in Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His compositions have graced multiple Grammy nominated CD’s, and he won a Grammy award as a producer in 2012. Diversity is the key for his status as an in demand keyboardist, working in jazz, rock, folk, children’s, Christian, and cabaret, sometimes all in the same week. In the past, he has performed, or recorded with likes of Julian Lennon, Bobby Rydel, Melba Moore, The Classics 4, as well as members of Trout Fishing in America, Bruce Springsteen’s E street band, and The Hooters. He’s performed at the Academy of music, Sellersville Theater, World Café Live, Bethlehem music fest, and the WXPN Xponential festival, among countless other locations. Patrick teaches piano, guitar, and theory with an emphasis on fun and creativity.

Alex Goodhart - Piano

A career teacher, composer, and pianist in Philadelphia and San Francisco: Alexander is a deep and loving musician who teaches all students from the core of musical thinking to mold confident and capable players. The goal of every lesson is competency and improvement through smiles, laughter, and discussion. Alex prides himself on treating every student as an equal, and instilling in them real knowledge and joy. His work as a composer has been heard around the United States and in Europe, and can be found on his website, alexgoodhart.com

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 loves 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.

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