Darvin Aguilar was born and raised in Hollywood, CA. He began playing bass guitar at sixteen. After graduating high school, he played in a variety of bands ranging from Death Metal to Progressive Metal. He then decided to pursue a music degree at El Camino College in Torrance, CA. There, he began his musical journey into the jazz and classical world picking up the double bass as his main instrument. This led him to expand his horizons, playing in Jazz combos, Big Bands, Latin and Salsa groups, String Quartets, and even performing as Principal Bassist in an Orchestra. He has performed at many venues in Los Angeles including, The Lighthouse Café, The Study, The World Stage, The Grand Annex, Lido’s, and many more. He is now completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on Jazz Bass at CSUN.
Darvin teaches: Double Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, and Piano.
A true born and raised Angeleno, Devin Pruden was birthed into his true musical identity in high school. An inner fire was lit after receiving a loaned drum set from his band director. Since then, Devin has been focused on learning from the many masters that have come before him and adopting elements from all styles of music. Devin is an alumnus of CSUDH where he earned a BA in music performance with emphasis in percussion. There he studied with Mr. Joseph Mitchell, and Dr. Stephen Moore. Devin Pruden’s sound is continuing to blossom and will be a strong force. He can currently be seen playing with various acts including The Urban Renewal Project, Valeree, Bootleg Orchestra, and Rudy Touzet. Devin is also a strong believer in passing down any knowledge he can. “You can’t take it with you, so you must put it in the right hands”.
Devin teaches: Drums & Piano.
Mauricio D. Ortiz is an Ecuadorian Guitarist, Educator, Producer, Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as Maurock with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Founder of Maurock Music Academy. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. I have taught students from the age of three to over sixty. Styles taught include Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Metal, Funk, R&B & Classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and create long term constructive relationships. Music coach for kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome & Autism).
Maurock teaches: Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Ukulele, Violin & Theory
Israel Carrillo Siliézar is a Costa Rican born musician with a master’s degree in violin performance received at California State University, Los Angeles. He has performed with different orchestras across the United States, Latin America and Europe, as well as participated as a violin teacher in multiple music festivals in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico. He is currently located in Los Angeles performing as part of the R.C.R chamber group, giving lessons at Maurock Music Academy and working in other projects.
Israel teaches: Violin & Viola. (Only online lessons)
Airi Ozawa is currently attending El Camino College; majoring in music. After completing her prerequisites, she plans on transferring to a four year college such as a Cal State or UC to continue her educational prowess in Violin Performance. Currently, she has 15 years (and counting) of experience playing the violin; barely starting at the young age of five years old. With “Mozart Concerto No. 5” being her latest project piece of practice, she intends to perform it with the El Camino Orchestra in the summer of 2023. Additionally, for the last 15 years, she has also performed with many orchestras outside of El Camino College such as: “nTyme and PVRO” just to name a few.
Airi teaches: Violin
Christian Preciado is a musician native to Southern California, he began playing guitar at the age of 14 and would eventually pick up playing bass, piano, and drums. He would later study jazz guitar at Cal State University Dominguez Hills under Julian Coryell. There, he would also become an up-and-coming bass player, with it becoming his secondary instrument playing as a hired musician and with various groups in the SoCal area. He would also teach himself to play the upright bass while in University. This led to him studying Classical and Jazz on the upright bass under bassist Trevor Wear. Christian has spent the last few years playing in the SoCal area with different groups in various styles such as Jazz, Cumbia, Funk, Pop, and Rock. His playing takes heavy influences from genres such as Jazz Fusion, Bebop, Progressive Rock, Neo-Soul, and different styles of metal. He also takes inspiration from interacting with musicians of different backgrounds such as Classical, Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, & Blues.
Christian teaches: Guitar, Bass, Piano & Drums
Adam Portocarrero is a freelance trumpeter and music educator residing in Los Angeles, California. Due to his unique style and harmonic capabilities, he has been a frequently featured soloist in the many big bands and small groups he has played with. He has also had the pleasure of working as a freelance/session musician with many local and international bands spanning multiple idioms. Most notably touring with the Glenn Miller Big Band in 2012. As a music educator, he has taught in private and academic settings for more than ten years. His experience ranges from group classes in preschools to private classes with experienced musicians looking to bolster their pre-existing skills.
Adam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from California State Northridge and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from California State Long Beach. Studying with trumpeters Howie Shear and Kye Palmer, respectively.
Adam teaches: Trumpet & Piano