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Girardi Music Studio Expands to Madison

The Girardi Music Studio, which has operated in downtown Summit for more than 20 years as the Summit Music Studio, has expanded its teaching studio and faculty in Madison, according to the founder and director, Stephen Girardi.

The studio which has taught and trained aspiring students into professional musicians, many who have attended the top music universities in the country for more than two decades, is now located at 340 Main Street in Madison. GMS has a staff of 9 professional instructors giving lessons in all styles and levels on guitar, acoustic and electric bass, piano, drums, voice, music theory and composition.  The studio specializes in jazz, classical, rock, blues, folk and a number of world music styles.

Mr. Girardi is a well know jazz guitarist whose quartet under his own name has performed locally in the New York City area for many years.  He also has produced two widely acclaimed CDs “Within Inside and Blue Sky With Tears”. He was trained by the legendary jazz maestro Dennis Sandole of Philadelphia, who students included John Coltrane, Randy Becker, James Moody, Pat Martino and scores of other jazz luminaries who make up a Who’s Who of Jazz legends. Before his death in 2000, Mr. Sandole designated Mr. Girardi as an “Authorized Sandole Method Instructor”.   GMS carries on that tradition of excellence in music education.

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Mr. Girardi serves as adjunct professor of guitar at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, where he teaches beginning and advanced guitar for college credit. His studio in Madison has more than 100 students, whose ages range from 7 to 70 and vary in skill level from beginner to professional. They include elementary and high school students, lawyers, doctors, dentists, music teachers, business executives who come here to perfect and develop their instruments or voices. Whether they play or sing for their own enjoyment or perform out before live audiences, they are all welcome here!

“We have students--male and female--from all walks of life. Some are brand new and some have studied with us for 20 years and now their kids are here. Some have gone on to prestigious music schools on the university level and even have earned advanced music degrees. They all started here,” Mr. Girardi noted.

“Just the other day, I heard President Obama say in an interview that one of his regrets in life was that he never learned a musical instrument,” he noted. At the Girardi Music Studio we feel “it’s never to late to learn, so I hope he stops by one day”.

Those interested in learning more about specific lessons and instructors may call Mr. Girardi at 973-360-1400 or visit, where you can find detailed faculty bios and info about the studio. Or you may drop by the studio at 340 Main Street, Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 8pm or Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. An Open House will be announced later this month.


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