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"Playing the Piano is Fun!"
- student remark during a private piano lesson with Cynthia Wood

Cynthia Wood has been teaching music for over 28 years in Southern California. With education from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, University of California Los Angeles and at the University of California Irvine, Cynthia has worked closely with some of the foremost educators and musicians in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Her teaching style is one that blends current piano methods with music theory, composition, ear training and musicianship. She specializes in teaching piano to beginners and young composers ages 4-10 years old. Cynthia teaches private flute lessons to all ages and levels, from beginners to professional.

Cynthia, a professional Flutist in both Classical and Jazz styles, free-lances for symphony orchestras, chamber and jazz ensembles in Orange County, CA.

Piano Lessons:

Weekly, 30 minute piano lessons are individualized to the child's needs and abilities. Composition training can be included as part of the student's lesson, or can be scheduled as a separate lesson.

Materials used during the lessons include technique and theory method books, flashcards, and an assignment book for keeping practice minutes. Young beginner students are asked to practice between 50 and 100 minutes a week for preparatory beginner levels. Beginner levels are asked to practice 100-200 minutes per week.

Theory Lesson:

Weekly, 60 minute theory lessons are tailored to the student's needs. These lessons are highly recommended for students in the Certificate of Merit program. Any age or level accepted.

Flute Lessons:

Weekly or bi-monthly 45 minutes or 60 minute lessons are offered to all ages and levels. Complete method in Classical and Jazz performance, repertoire, technique and music theory offered.

Specializing in teaching college and university level flute majors and to high school players needing preparation for auditions and competitions.

Certificate of Merit preparation offered.


Cynthia Wood holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from University of CA, Irvine. She has studied flute with world re-known flutist and composer James Newton and assisted Mr. Newton in compiling his book of exercises for the flute. She also studied classical and ensemble work with flutist Larry Kaplan of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has taken master classes with Louis Moyse. As a performance major student at UCLA she studied with Los Angeles studio musician/flutist Sheridan Stokes who also received a lifetime achievement award from the National Flute Association and of which Cynthia was also a member.

Cynthia has taught piano through the Capistrano Unified School District Music Director at Oak Grove Elementary School in Aliso Viejo instructing 360 second and third graders piano and music fundamentals in a program designed by UCI called M.I.N.D. music. Cynthia brought composition to the program, which culminated in having 90 of the students performed their own works at the end of the year music program for the parents.

Today, Cynthia leads an ensemble called Trio Sonate that performs for various occasions and settings.

You may reach Cynthia Wood by email at cynthiawoodmusic@gmail.com for more information on private lesson appointments.

Studio Location
Aliso Viejo, Orange County CA 92656
(949) 586-7739