Marco Oppedisano

Marco O.

Forest Hills, NY

About Marco O.

Marco teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 1992
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

I started playing guitar seriously at the age of 12 and have been a guitar teacher for 22 years. My first influences were rock and metal. In my later teens, I became very interested in other music genres such as jazz, fusion and classical. I began my formal music education as a Classical Guitar performance major, ultimately obtaining a Masters Degree in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music.

The road I have taken with music has been paved with many unexpected twists and turns. Throughout my many years of learning and making new discoveries, I have now arrived at a point where I am able to productively incorporate knowledge from various experiences with music and education into my own creativity and teaching. I never expect to stop learning or exploring, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm, valuable experiences and knowledge with my students.

Photos and Videos

Live at the Monkey NYC (2007). A composition for el. guitar and playback called, Skimming the Surface.

Experience

Guitar/Band Instructor and Transcriber
Jul 2008 - Present
iSchool of Music and Art

• Full-time music instructor (predominantly guitar and band) at private music school
• Students perform at solo recital and/or band concert at the end of each school term
• Teaching responsibilities include transcribing and arranging music for students

Private Guitar and Composition Teacher and Freelance Musician
Sep 1992 - Present
Private Studio

• Music instruction provided to children, adolescents, and adults in a studio setting
• Responsibilities include lecturing, performing, transcribing, arranging, producing, recording, audio editing, and composing

Guitar Arranger and Transcriber
Nov 2009 - May 2011
United We Tab, Inc.

• Transcriber and arranger for online guitar tablature company
• Created guitar transcriptions and performed on music instructional videos that are featured on YouTube

Guitar Instructor
Sep 1998 - Aug 2008
Maggio School of Music - Brooklyn, NY

• Taught all styles of guitar to students of all ages
• Mentored students regarding their further pursuit and study of music at high school and college levels

Teacher of Jazz Ensemble, Guitar, and Songwriting
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
Bard High School Early College, New York, NY

• High school classroom music teacher and ensemble coach
• Responsibilities included coaching the jazz ensemble, coaching guitarists, and teaching music theory and songwriting

Education

MA in Music Composition
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
Queens College/CUNY - Aaron Copland School of Music
BA in Music Composition
Sep 1989 - Feb 1996
Brooklyn College/CUNY

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Awards

ASCAPlus
Jul 2014
ASCAP

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2000

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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James W. Nov 25, 2014
· Guitar · In home Marco is one of the best teacher ever, I knew him way back in 1997 when I first came in to the state. At first, one of my friend was taking the session and he didn't mind me just staying and observed. After a few classes, I decided to go with Marco. As a new immigrant, language barrier is a problem. He 's patiently teach me from a to z. Making sure I understand everything. Although, I knew some of the basic of the guitar. I was surprisingly I could learn how to read music. Be able to improvise with him during lesson. You're not just learning how to play song/guitar. You learn music theory all in a packet. I still remember one day I was playing in the local shop in HK, people was whispering this guy is good. This is a good memory that I have until now.
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Myles H. Nov 24, 2014
· Guitar · In studio I was a student of Marco's for about two-almost three years, and his excitement, love, desire, wisdom and passion for music and teaching is something that can't be described in words. Marco is a teacher that likes to have fun with whatever it is he may be teaching, but he is also very serious about it to make sure his students learn what they want in the best way possible to them. He will encourage his students if they need it and congratulate you every time you complete whatever it is you may have learned from him. I mostly learned techniques/songs from artist's such as Randy Rhoads, Angus Young, and much more from Marco. He will not let you down. He won't give up on you. I would gladly learn from him any time /any chance I'd get.
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mia M. Nov 19, 2014
· Guitar · In studio Marco has been teaching my son how to play the guitar since 2008. I feel that we were blessed having Marco as my son's first teacher. He really understood him and I was brought to tears at his very first recital when I was amazed how much he had learned in just a short few months. He is a senior in HS now and he has a love for the guitar and a passion to learn new music on his own.
Marco is an exceptional teacher who is very patient and understands his students and listens to their needs. He is extremely talented and anyone would be very lucky to have him as their music instructor. I recommend him highly. He is the best!
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Julian L. Oct 27, 2014
· Guitar · In home I studied with Marco in my senior year of high school. I had been playing for about a year at the time. Marco was very encouraging and informative. He was always willing to go the extra mile - whether that meant lending me a book, helping me record for an audition in his home studio, or just giving me an extra 15 minutes of his time. We spent most of our time learning solos from the masters, discussing the fundamentals of music theory, and playing together. When I left for college I had a great foundation to build on. His diverse background makes him a great resource! Thanks Marco!!!
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Nick P. Oct 14, 2014
· Guitar · In studio Around my senior year of high school, I knew that my progress as a guitar player was in a rut. I needed that extra push to get me to another level. Marco was the guy that made it happen.
The way he ran lessons, for me at least, were based on the kind of music I wanted to play at the time, and what I was listening to. It gives you, as a student, the chance to really explore all of the nuances of what you are trying to play. Tell Marco which song you want to try to learn, and he will transform it into a clinic on what I like to call the "little things" most young guitar players overlook.
Like any great teacher, Marco expects nothing short of your best effort, so stay focused, and commit time to practice.
I only had lessons with Marco for a few months, but nearly 9 years later, I remember them like they were yesterday. My approach to music incorporates so many of those "little things" that I mentioned earlier. Take lessons with Marco. You'll see what I mean. And trust me. You will be glad that you did.
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Billy T. Oct 12, 2014
· Guitar · In studio I met Marco around 2006 at Maggio's Music and he was recommended by one of the staff there and it was the best decision I've made throughout my guitar life. I've taken lessons with him for more than 3 years even after Maggio's Music. I've learned the basics starting from the very beginning and he corrected all my bad form and habits. I've learned many techniques from scales to solos and many songs. Marco is very knowledgeable and flexible with his lessons. At one point, I took pure music theory with him so we can apply it on the guitar. His lesson plans are also very CUSTOM to your needs, not some generic lessons you get from an online video. He's helped me prepare for my audition for Berklee College and also gave me suggestions on how to improve my song writing. Marco is very professional with his lessons and wastes no time. If you need a guitar instructor, I highly recommend him, he is one of the best I've ever met.
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Gordon S. Oct 12, 2014
· Guitar · In home Marco taught my son, Michael, from ages 10-18. He did a great job not simply because he knows music and is a great guitarist, but also because he realized that Michael would learn the most if the lessons were done in a way that best fit Michael.

He started Michael off with the standard scales, chords and reading instruction but, after a while, Michael wanted to focus on playing songs that he liked. Marco adjusted immediately and the lessons turned into jams, techniques tips, interplay and some deep musical conversations.

It's fair to say that Marco's flexible approach enabled Michael to hear his own musical voice---which is what playing music is ultimately about.

My wife and I can't say enough about Marco. He's a great combination of musician and human being. If you're looking for a guitar teacher, we urge you to contact him immediately.
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Matt C. Oct 8, 2014
· Guitar · In studio I took guitar lessons with Marco for over four years. In that time Marco taught me basic guitar all the way up to college level. With Marco's help I was able get into Hofstra University's music program and be prepared to play guitar at a college level. Without Marco's lessons I would not be able to achieve my goal of going to college for Music
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Andrew M. Oct 7, 2014
· Guitar · In studio Taught me from 1999 through 2002 from the basics to jazz improvisation. Marco has an exceptionally diverse background, and can help you tackle any musical issue. I still refer to his notes and contact him for advice to this day.
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Christopher F. Oct 7, 2014
· Guitar · In studio In June, 1996, I had finally convinced my mother to sign me up for guitar lessons at Maggio Music School, in Brooklyn, NY. By August that same year, I was ready to quit. My instructor was clearly talented, but well into his 70's. I was frustrated, bored, and ready to give up.

That was until I was given a free lesson to try a new teacher, Marco O. This one, half-hour lesson, is the reason I am still performing nearly two decades later. For the new few years, I met weekly with Marco, who was patient and precise. He cares about the individual student. For me, he quickly established a baseline, and we progressed by playing music styles that interested me. He would encourage me to bring a tape or CD (remember those?!) to our lesson. Then, he would learn the tune by ear AND transcribe the notation into guitar tablature, the numerical way of writing music. This made learning infinitely more enjoyable and easier, too.

A few years after stopping lessons, I wanted to take up lead guitar and scales on a more serious note, pun intended. Without considering anyone else, I immediately returned to Maggio Music School to ask for Marco. We resumed, re-established a baseline, and began our next journey.

There is no other guitar teacher I feel more confident in recommending to you. Marco is classically trained in theory and a true master of the guitar. He can play any style and is one of the biggest influences I've had. I'm eternally grateful for what he has taught me and I am confident he will more than accommodate your musical needs.
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