Marlon Oliveira

Marlon O.

Astoria, NY
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Marlon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 80

Teaching since:
September 2009

While some musicians achieve their success by their talents, others, like guitarist Marlon Oliveira, earn it through their hard work, perseverance, and dedication.

Motivated by his passion to bring the wonderful music of the classical guitar to a wider audience, Oliveira has overcome many obstacles to his goals: He started the guitar at the late age of 16, significantly behind his peers in music school; he did not pass his first audition to get into music school, but changed his teacher and worked even harder to get in; and he overcame the debilitating effects of Repetitive Strain Injury that plagued him for 3 years by committing himself the study of better technique, better health, and better practice habits. Oliveira says, “The injury slowed me down a bit, but I remained persistent in my practice and my studies and I have recovered so that I can still play, something I am very happy about”.

Before auditioning for music school, Oliveira was enrolled at Queens College as an undeclared major. “I was scared to do music, because it seemed like such a hard living, especially when I saw many other guitarists drop out of the music program. But then I realized if I didn’t devote myself fully to the study of music, then nothing was going to happen with it, so I put everything else off to the side to pursue my degree and a life of music.”Since earning his degree in music, Oliveira continues teaching music for a living.

Since his graduation in 2011, Oliveira has performed at the International Toronto BrazilFest, at LIC Concerts, with the NYC Guitar Orchestra, and in many private events.

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Music Specialist
May 2016 - Present
Sunnyside Community Services


Guitar lessons.
May 2012 - Present
Aug 2006 - Jun 2011
Queens College


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Certification of Merit
Aug 2017
New York State Assembly


New York City Classical Guitar Society
Sep 2017

The New York City Classical Guitar Society celebrates the remarkable range of music that has emerged from the instrument’s central tradition and its melding with other genres and styles. We draw on our resources — an Advisory Board of world-class artists, New York’s wonderful guitar community, and the cooperation of performers from around the world — to provide both our membership and the guitar-loving public with an exceptional experience.

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Photos & Videos

Student recital party at my apartment! :)

Cocktail party in LIC.

picure with the bride at the wedding party :)
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3 Reviews

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peter Feb 18, 2018
Classical Guitar · In studio

Marlon is a patient instructor with a pleasant demeanor. He has the knack of understanding where the student is and what he or she needs to get better. Highly recommended.

Mercedes Feb 18, 2018
Classical Guitar · In studio

One of Marlon's qualities is his patience, absolutely fantastic! excellent teaching tehnicque, will explain until you get it, and will repeat it if you forget; treat each student at their own level, like one one even when there is 6 -8 students. Coolest teacher ever!

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Val Feb 17, 2018
Guitar · In studio

After one year, Marlon has been a great teacher since our first lesson and continues to be. His lessons never gets boring. He has been teaching everything I’ve always desired to learn, how to read notes interpret beats, tempo, theory, and different strumming patterns. He’s also very patient, generous, and always responds to my questions in a prompt manner, whether it is via email or text. He understands that each student has their own pace to learn guitar playing and has always been encouraging. Marlon has the skill set to teach students such as myself, who had no prior experience, To the most experienced ones. I have faith he will make anyone play a guitar like a professional. Check him out!

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