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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 30 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 35 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.

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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.

 

 

NATHAN HURDLE

GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE

Nathan Hurdle has been a guitarist and vocalist for ten years and has been teaching students of all ages nonstop since 2017. He has been in multiple bands and ensembles of varying styles ranging from traditional 4-piece Rock groups to choirs and Big Band Jazz. His influences are very far-reaching but he can trace his interest in music and especially guitar back to bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Santana, The Allman Brothers Band, Steely Dan, and Eric Clapton. His guitar playing is rooted in Rock and Blues but also features the vocabulary of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Soul and Pop. Nathan loves to teach Music Theory, Musicianship, Dynamics, and Improvisation. He is always excited to take on new students and guide them on the journey of finding their own voice and style!

 

 

BRAD GRAGILLA

PIANO AND VOICE

Brad Gragilla has been studying piano since age 7 and voice since age 5. He specializes in classical piano and classical and Broadway style voice. His schooling includes 2 year at Bucks County Community College where he studied piano with Ed Ferdinand and voice with Helen Holcomb and Jerry Nowak, and 4 years at Temple University where he studied piano with Maria del Pico Taylor and voice with George Grey and Young Ju An.

 

 

ZACHARY DEVINE

GUITAR, BASS, VOICE, PIANO INSTRUCTOR

Zach a multi-instrumentalist musician, vocalist, teacher and audio engineer, with extensive experience in writing, recording, and performance. Zach has been playing guitar for almost 27 years, singing for 20, and also is proficient on bass, drums, and piano. Zach has an extensive background in teaching guitar, voice, piano and songwriting, and has a very solid foundation in advanced music theory that he incorporates into not only music lessons, but into his music writing as well. Zach is well versed in most musical styles, including jazz, blues, classical, progressive rock, R&B, metal, folk, and singing and songwriting.

 

 

RACHAEL CONRAD

VOICE, FLUTE, PIANO, GUITAR, BASS GUITAR AND UKULELE INSTRUCTOR

Rachel is a singer & multi-instrumentalist, originally from Fort Washington. She has been teaching music privately in Montgomery County for the last eight years in voice, beginner's piano, beginner's guitar, bass guitar, flute, ukulele. She also has been performing in the tri-state area in cover bands, pit orchestras, choirs, wedding bands, and smaller ensembles professionally for the last 12 years. Although Rachel loves teaching classically in music theory & the technical aspects of music, her teaching style is relaxed and focused on the love & enjoyment of playing & creating music. Her strengths also include versatility with instruments, ear training, & vocal harmonizing. One of Rachel's missions is to help beginners develop enough skill early on to play simple tunes, which helps the student stay interested, gain momentum, and gradually progress comfortably into higher skill levels. Rachel's personality is high-energy, friendly, outgoing, and kind. She is especially supportive of beginners of all ages who want to try pursuing their dreams of learning how to sing & play instruments in front of an audience or privately. She is passionate about encouraging students to be confident in themselves and to have fun with music.

 

 

NICOLE SACCHETTI

DRUM INSTRUCTOR

Nicole began drumming in 2008 and hasn′t stopped since. She has experience in a number of ensembles such as marching bands, indoor percussion ensembles, jazz bands, and personal music projects. Nicole studied with Christian Moehring and Kevin Stahl. She is well rounded in genres of jazz, funk, latin and rock, but mainly focuses on metal in her personal studies. She is planning to graduate from Temple University in late 2020 for a Bachelors in Media Production.

As a drum teacher, Nicole strives to help guide each student to find their own sound along with expanding their creativity. She wants her students to have a strong foundation of skills, and then eventually stand out in their own way by developing a style and sound that’s unique.

 

 

RITCHIE PATRICK

DRUM INSTRUCTOR

Ritchie Patrick started playing drums at age 7. His parents immediately recognized his love, passion and talent and signed him up with Bill Spangler of the once famous and prestigious, but now defunct, Shupp School of Music in Jenkintown, Pa. Ritchie studied for 11 years to become a classically trained percussionist. He studied sight reading techniques on the snare drum for a year and a half before being introduced to the other drums in a "trap set". His teacher was big on learning drum rudiments and worked on those rudiments focusing on technique, accuracy and speed. Ritchie has a long and storied background in Philadelphia and national music business. He was the son of a music lover who owned Hatter's Hall dance hall in the '60's that had many local and national acts perform for their Friday and Saturday night dances. Ritchie was lucky enough to "sit in" with many well known acts and recording artists from Philadelphia back then, which in many ways influenced him to stay in the business. Ritchie brings decades of NYC studio and live performance experience to teaching drums while taking a serious interest in developing his students to utilize their talent and their ability and temper it with proper drum playing techniques and methods to be successful in drumming.

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