Teaches: Classical Guitar, Latin American Guitar
MARCUS teaches Classical Guitar and Latin American Guitar (all levels).
Each lesson is 55 minutes.

Marcus completed his BM Classical Guitar Performance at Chicago College of the Performing Arts studying guitar under Paul Henry and Denis Azabagic. He’s participated the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia, Sharon Isbin, and William Kanengiser and, for many years, was a private student of Sergio Assad.  In Cordoba, Spain, Dunleavy has studied with Larry Coryell, Manual Barrueco, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Odair Assad and Leo Brouwer.
Marcus has performed professionally as a soloist and in ensembles for the past 20 years. He’s been featured in the Chicago Latino Music Festival, at many venues throughout Chicago and has given concerts in Spain, Central America and Japan.
Marcus has crossed boundaries with a wide array of collaborators. In 2006, he released his third CD Emerge, which was broadcast on WFMT and has drawn praise from legendary Jazz Fusion pioneer Larry Coryell: “With beautiful technique and a deep and spiritual heart, Marcus shows us the way of the new generation of classical guitarists…” His guitar is featured on the debut pop album of 2010’s American Idol winner Lee Dewyze.

In 2008 he released his fourth CD Two To Tango with Cuban violinist Cristian Blanco performing the music of Astor Piazzolla. Marcus has played with Grammy winning Bandoneonista Raul Juarena in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires. Other notable Latin collaborators  include Latin Grammy winning flutist Nestor Torres, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, Chicago Latin Jazz violinist James Sanders. International Committee of Artist’s for Peace credits include performing with Larry Coryell on his guitar quartet arrangement of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, a Citizen Musicians festival with cellist Yo Yo Ma and as an accompanist for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and The Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
While maintaining a private teaching studio, Marcus also remains active as a composer.  His piece Gassire’s Lute was broadcast on the internationally syndicated radio program “Fiesta!”  and choreographed by Cuba’s National School of Ballet for the 2016 Chicago Latino Music Festival. His multimedia setting of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry was presented Collaboraction Theater’s 2018 Encounter festival. Currently, Marcus is involved in the study and propagation of Brazilian Choro and Samba, as a regular performer with the Chicago Choro Club.

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    Teaches: Classical Guitar, Latin American Guitar

    YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, MARCUS:

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    $65.00/lesson

    MARCUS teaches Classical Guitar and Latin American Guitar (all levels).
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Marcus completed his BM Classical Guitar Performance at Chicago College of the Performing Arts studying guitar under Paul Henry and Denis Azabagic. He’s participated the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia, Sharon Isbin, and William Kanengiser and, for many years, was a private student of Sergio Assad.  In Cordoba, Spain, Dunleavy has studied with Larry Coryell, Manual Barrueco, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Odair Assad and Leo Brouwer.
    Marcus has performed professionally as a soloist and in ensembles for the past 20 years. He’s been featured in the Chicago Latino Music Festival, at many venues throughout Chicago and has given concerts in Spain, Central America and Japan.
    Marcus has crossed boundaries with a wide array of collaborators. In 2006, he released his third CD Emerge, which was broadcast on WFMT and has drawn praise from legendary Jazz Fusion pioneer Larry Coryell: “With beautiful technique and a deep and spiritual heart, Marcus shows us the way of the new generation of classical guitarists…” His guitar is featured on the debut pop album of 2010’s American Idol winner Lee Dewyze.

    In 2008 he released his fourth CD Two To Tango with Cuban violinist Cristian Blanco performing the music of Astor Piazzolla. Marcus has played with Grammy winning Bandoneonista Raul Juarena in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires. Other notable Latin collaborators  include Latin Grammy winning flutist Nestor Torres, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, Chicago Latin Jazz violinist James Sanders. International Committee of Artist’s for Peace credits include performing with Larry Coryell on his guitar quartet arrangement of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, a Citizen Musicians festival with cellist Yo Yo Ma and as an accompanist for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and The Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
    While maintaining a private teaching studio, Marcus also remains active as a composer.  His piece Gassire’s Lute was broadcast on the internationally syndicated radio program “Fiesta!”  and choreographed by Cuba’s National School of Ballet for the 2016 Chicago Latino Music Festival. His multimedia setting of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry was presented Collaboraction Theater’s 2018 Encounter festival. Currently, Marcus is involved in the study and propagation of Brazilian Choro and Samba, as a regular performer with the Chicago Choro Club.

    If the lesson time you’ve selected is within 48h of the time of purchase, your first lesson will take place the following week. This gives our teachers the time to prepare your lesson.
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    1 review for YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, MARCUS:

    1. Jim R.

      Marcus is a great instructor! I’ve been playing electric guitar for 20 plus years, with no formal
      training. I became interested in developing my right hand for fingerpicking, and I bought a
      classical guitar. One thing led to another and I became interested in learning classical guitar. I
      found Marcus at Arpeggiato through Brandon’s video promotion about three months ago.
      Marcus has helped me improve so much, from how to hold the guitar, hand positions and many
      other fundamental skills. Having played using tab, I was very apprehensive about comitting to
      learn standard notation. When I was struggling with timing issues using tab on a Latin piece of
      music, Marcus was able to mark-up the tab with the timing count (he actually used a stylus on
      his iPad and emailed it to me during the lesson!). I could immediately see what I was missing by
      reading tab only. I’m now learning standard notation, and I’ve found that my knowledge of the
      guitar is helping this to be a relatively quick process, with some practice. Marcus is improving
      so many things related to my playing that I can’t properly summarize it here, but I must say his
      ability to watch my hands and fingering on the fly over the Zoom camera is really impressive.
      He sees things immediately and provides helpful instruction. He’s especially good at breaking
      down issues I’m having and finding solutions. I really enjoy learning from Marcus and I look
      forward to our weekly classes.

    2. mggibbs95 (verified owner)

      I’m an adult learner that had played electric guitar for years and was completely new to the classical guitar. Marcus is an incredibly understanding and patient teacher. From my lack of ambition and classical repertoire knowledge, to my years of poor technique coming to a head; Marcus has been able to accommodate and address it all. A brilliant musician and an educator with a passion for the craft. I will continue my lessons with Marcus for as long as possible and I recommend anyone else do the same.

    3. Philippe.gorisse

      I have been playing classical guitar for more than 45 years and I have had many great instructors. Marcus is exceptional: after the 1st lesson, I already saw improvement in my playing skills. He is always adapting to my level and my wishes. Marcus is attentive and extremely nice. I am impatiently waiting for the next lesson… I am simply impressed by his technical skills in finding points of improvement and how he perfectly fits with my expectations. Despite my strong French accent, he carefully listens to me and understands exactly how to move on to the next steps of my learning path. Thank you so much Marcus !

    4. Jonathan D.

      Over the 10 years I’ve been learning guitar, Marcus has been an excellent teacher the whole way. He has patience, and if I have a problem with part of the song he breaks it down bit by bit until I get it. He possesses great skill and knowledge on the classical guitar, and I’d recommend if I could.

    5. Joyce G.

      I’ve studied classical guitar with Marcus for ten years, with an emphasis on Latin repertoire. Marcus focuses equally on technique—he is great at pinpointing difficulties and suggesting solutions and practice strategies—and on musicality. Lessons are often challenging, but always rewarding!

    6. Dr. Gregory C.

      I have studied with Marcus Dunleavy for 3 years now and only my highest praise can describe my experience. He is an extraordinary teacher who always has the perfect musical and/or technical solution to each difficulty. Though he expects progress, the lessons are always low stress and the instruction clear and structured. Since Marcus is an active performer and able to play with great beauty and sensitivity, I am always confident that, if I put in the time and follow his advice, I will surely make solid progress. I do look forward to my lessons with Marcus.

    7. Monique H.

      Even before my son had him as an instructor, I knew Marcus was incredible guitarist. In fact, knowing how good Marcus is, I was actually nervous for my shy son to take lessons with him. I didn’t want him to be intimidated. Come to find out, Marcus is an even better instructor then guitarist. In the few months since my son began taking classes, he can already play 2 songs of his choosing. That has made all the difference. He loves it! He practices often and on his own. All because he enjoys it so much.

    8. Kate D.

      As an adult learner wanting to improve my technical skills, broaden my repertoire, and become a stronger musician, I went searching for a guitar teacher who was both a fine musician and excelled in teaching. In Marcus, I found these qualities and more. Marcus has a gift for meeting students where they are and moving them forward. His teaching methods involves building upon one’s strengths and interests, isolating and systematically addressing areas in need of improvement, and presenting practice strategies aimed at mastering difficulties…. It is as if he has an endless supply of “technique tools“ at his disposal, and knows exactly when to hand you the one that would be most helpful in any given situation. My goals for resuming lessons are all being met. Moreover, I have a renewed love for the guitar, and I’m playing solos and duets I was not sure would ever be within my grasp.

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