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Meet the Music Instructors of Irvine Art & Music

As of July 2021 we’re still building this page. We have about 20 instructors who teach on all the instruments we sell and rent. If you don’t see an instructor for your particular instrument, please call us at (949) 559-3069.

Violin & Viola

Cristian Conteras

Cristian Contreras is a young and accomplished violist. At the age of 21, he has already won a 3 year tenure with the American Youth Symphony, and sits as principal violist with his university orchestra at California State University Long Beach. He currently studies Viola Performance with Jason Bonham and will receive his Bachelor’s of Music with emphasis on viola in the spring of 2022. 
 
Cristian has been teaching violin and viola at the Irvine Art and Music Center for over two years and has taught students of all ages and skill levels. His teaching style is very accommodating but also very direct and honest. Cristian greatly enjoys giving private lessons because he’s able assist his students with discovering their own talents and passions. 
 
  • Bachelors of Music with emphasis in Viola Performance – Bob Cole Conservatory of Music California State University Long Beach 
  • Assistant Principal/ Principal Violist – Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Symphony
  • American Youth Symphony – 3 year tenure
  • National Orchestral Institute + Festival 2021 – fellow
  • Five years of teaching experience 
  • “Outstanding Student of the Year” Award – Bob Cole Conservatory of Music California State University Long Beach 
  • John Walker Concerto Competition – 3rd place
  • Outdoors/ hiking with friends/ playing Dance Dance Revolution/ discovering new places to eat/ playing chamber music with friends. 
  • Favorite Music: Classical & Pop
Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet, Theory

Stephen Wood

Stephen Wood is a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and performer. He graduated from Cal State University Long Beach with a degree in music performance and focus in jazz studies.

During college he performed with bands of all different styles from jazz, latin, rock, pop, blues, and reggae. Improvising was the driving force for his love for music and later developed a passion for teaching, arranging, and composing music.

As a teacher, his number one goal is to find the balance between becoming technically proficient on the student’s instrument while showing how much enjoyment there is when playing and listening to music.

Stephen has a BM in music performance from CSULB 

His favorite music genres include Jazz, Soul, RnB, Latin, and Neo Soul

Trumpet

Anthony

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Piano & Guitar

Tommy Lee

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Piano & Keyboard

Mila Yong

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Piano & Keyboard

Bill Kocs

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