Gio has been playing music for over twenty-two years. He was classically trained on piano and oboe at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, studied Jazz piano at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and has also played guitar in blues, rock, and flamenco bands. Gio writes and sings his own folk songs as well. He still enjoys playing classical piano, as well as jazz.
Gio has seven years of experience teaching all ages -- from age 3 to 70. His own style of teaching is a little different from the strict conditioning he received from an Eastern European classical music school: he believes in kindness and gentleness, while being direct and never sugarcoating issues the students need to work on. Before Covid, you would have found him hosting the weekly open mics at the Corner Beet, playing music for elderly communities, and performing in various venues around Denver. Currently Gio has a roster of students he teaches through online platform and is looking for more.
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Possible Lesson Topics
Basic and advanced chords
Smooth chord transitions
Scales and melodies
Playing faster and cleaner
Improvising and soloing
Different Picking Techniques on Guitar
Efficient Piano Technique
Classical, jazz, pop, or folk repertoire
Rhythm and groove
Quality of sound
Stretching and relaxation techniques
Playing and singing at the same time
Music is my life. I love all aspects of it, the energy of playing for a crowd, the meditative aspect of playing by myself at the end of the day, and the joy of teaching others.
My son loved taking lessons from Gio! He is a wonderful teacher.
My teenage son has learned SO much about not only playing guitar, but also theory. His instructor has kept him engaged for over a year.
We’ve learned so much from Gio! He’s wonderfully talented and his love for music is positively contagious!
Gio is a wonderful musician and educator. Never have I met somebody so passionate about music and so willing to meet the needs of his students. You won't be disappointed--sign up for a lesson with this guy!
I'm always curious to see firsthand where the student is at, if they've played before, so that we can begin with appropriate course-work. For complete beginners, I like to start out by talking about music itself and our relationship with it.
For piano students, I introduce the names of the notes on the keyboard, as well as staff notation. By the end of the first lesson, the student will have a general understanding of where the notes are and also be able to play a simple song.
For guitar students, we cover the basics of fretting technique and usually get through learning 3 basic chords within the first lesson. For more advanced students it may even be appropriate to start talking about various chord voicings and theory.
7 years of classical training (piano, oboe, and music theory) through the Tbilisi State Conservatoire
Currently studying jazz piano at Metropolitan State University of Denver
7 years of teaching private music lessons
2 years of teaching group music lessons
23 years of practicing and playing the piano, along with receiving private instruction on the instrument
14 years of practicing and playing the guitar
10 years of working as a performing musician
Silver Certificate from the 2019 International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition
First lesson is always free, as a trial. Afterwards, the rates are:
$45 for one hour lessons
$40 for 45 minute lessons
$35 for half hour lessons
Rates are per student. 10% discount if purchasing 5 lessons at a time. 20% discount for buying 10 lessons at a time.
Extra $10 for more than one student at a time.
Extra $5 if I have to travel far out of the way for a student.
Years ago I had friends and children of friends who wanted to learn how to play and asked me to be their teacher. Through teaching them I realized that I love to teach music. Since then, I've applied at different lesson studios and got multiple jobs teaching, and also continued teaching privately, as well as teaching group lessons through a company that organizes them in elementary schools.
Youngest I've worked with was 3, at that age all we can do is play musical games involving the names of the notes, rhythm, and call and response. Oldest student I've had was a 70 year old man who has never played music in his life before. Some of my students are teenagers who are at the intermediate level. Most of my students are children ages 7 to 13 and probably the second largest age group I teach are adults, some of whom have played before and others are just getting started. I've also taught songwriting classes, involving things like chord theory and structure, and have had established musicians take theory lessons from me as well.
I am currently working on an album ("Songs of Life and Death") and the kick-off show for the crowdfunding campaign in February of this year was absolutely phenomenal. We played in the basement of the Gypsy House Cafe, which ended up getting packed; played some jazz piano with a trio I play with, and later closed the night with original folk tunes from the album.
Have some general goals, such as what kind of music you'd like to play or what level of skill you're looking to develop. Have enough time every week to regularly set aside for practicing: lesson time is where you receive instructions on what to practice, but practice time is how you actually improve and reach your goals.
What is my current level of playing? What kind of music am I interested in playing? What is my favorite music to listen to? Am I prepared to invest a few hours every week into practicing my instrument, which might seem like an uphill battle for the first few weeks? Am I forgiving of myself when I make mistakes and am I prepared to embark on a journey that will likely result in many mistakes, before progress is visible?