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Deborah Gandolfo

Kirkland WA | 98033

About me

Deborah Gandolfo graduated cum laude from Manhattan School of Music with a degree in Piano, and had further studies with Joseph Prostakoff. She concertized in New York at Trinity Church, the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center Library, The New York Historical Society, among others. She toured Europe as pianist for La Mama Experimental Theatre playing an improvised score. As Musical Director for the Riverside Shakespeare Company (New York) she composed scores for six productions of Shakespeare plays.
In addition to her solo classical recitals, Deborah plays for a wide variety of events. Her repertoire includes Broadway, pop, jazz and original music. She teaches piano, theory, and composition in her studio in Kirkland, and piano at North Seattle Community College, and has developed an innovative method for both adults and children. She developed and teaches a class for music lovers, both musicians and non-musicians, entitled “What’s So Great About Music, Anyway?” For more information, see her website,


I specialize in adult beginners and adults returning to the piano, though I accept enthusiastic students of all ages. My emphasis is on the joy and creativity of music-making, and keeping the learning process fun and joyful is my first priority. I depart from most traditional teaching methods in that I start with playing by ear, learning to pick out simple songs by ear and learning how to harmonize them with basic chords. When the student has some basic keyboard skills we proceed to reading. I teach classical, jazz and pop styles (which means playing from charts or fake books), and include improvisation as a part of the process. I have an innovative approach to technique, ear-training, sight-reading, memorization, and theory. For more insight into how I teach, see my blog:

Lesson details

Lessons are one hour once a week for adults and teens.

Education and Accreditation

Conservatory graduate (Manhattan School of Music, New York)

Member: ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
Ladies Musical Club of Seattle
Music Teachers National Association


I am a committed and knowledgeable classical musician who decided to take lessons again after working on my own for...

I spent 8 months searching for a piano teacher who could make music live in me and stretch my skills, while...


more than 20 years


$60 & up


Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio



Instruments and Subjects

theory – analysis
theory – rudiments

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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