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About

Our Story

The school was founded under the name Concert Music School with your child's music education and future in mind. The study of music has been demonstrated to significantly enhance intellectual and artistic development of a young person and to help them develop confidence and a positive outlook about who they are and what they can accomplish.

From September 2017, Concert Music School has changed its name to Huntington Beach School of Music.

We believe learning to sing or play an instrument should and can be fun. It’s very important that every student has access to high quality music instruction, also given the opportunity, encouragement, and supportive environment to perform regularly. Our school's mission is to provide this access, opportunity, and the environment where natural musical growth can be nurtured.

Meet the owners

Mai Huong Nguyen

Dr. Mai Huong Nguyen
Owner

Mai and her husband, Cuong, share the love of music. They bought Concert Music School in 2014, which is now Huntington Beach School of Music. They want to foster the love and enjoyment of music in the community. It is her wish that every student has access to quality music education and performing opportunities. She has two nephews and loves spending time with them as much as possible. She finds fulfillment in seeing children connect with music and enjoy learning.

Mai holds a PhD in computer science from École Centrale Paris. Although she has a strong background in information technology and software development, she now finds herself completely absorbed in her new passion. She is keen to offer assistance to others in any way she could. When she is not busy sipping coffee, she enjoys decorating the school, and supporting HBSM's wonderful teachers in creating a happy environment for students to develop their full potential.

"The journey begins with a dream and becomes an adventure"

Cuong Nguyen

Cuong Nguyen
Owner, Piano

Graduated with a Bachelor in Music with Honors from New Zealand, winner of the Yoshiro Irino memorial price in composition (1984), having received the gift of music as a young adult through charities, and earned his music lessons by doing gardening work, he is now passionate about music education, developing young talents, looking to music not just for the joy that it brings but also using it as a vehicle for personal development.

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Online Tour

Exterior
Recital Hall
Stage
Recital Hall
Bright and clean classroom
Bright and clean classroom
Bright and clean classroom
Bright and clean classroom

  • Convenient location and spacious parking
  • Large and bright classrooms: 10 private classrooms, a large group class room and a recital hall
  • Top-of-the-line upright and grand pianos
  • Comfortable waiting area for parents and siblings with free Wi-Fi, children’s homework tables
  • Easy drop off/pick up
  • Books available for purchase, for your convenience

About

Why Us?

When you enroll at Huntington Beach School of Music, you open the door to many membership benefits beyond the lesson room, including:

  • One time registration fee
    Most other schools charge registration fee every year! We don't! You only pay registration fee once when you first sign-up and don't pay it again as long as you remain a student.
  • No long term contract
    Our tuition is paid monthly - You can withdraw at anytime with just 14 days notice, or switch teacher if you feel like trying a different teaching style or a different instrument.
  • One hour of music theory per week at no extra cost

    When combined with a weekly private 30-minute lesson, that's getting 90 minutes of expert instruction for less than $40 per week!

  • Opportunities to join a professionally coached orchestra at no extra cost
  • Wide-open access to lesson rooms and The Recital Hall for all of your practicing and performance needs.
  • Many opportunities to perform

    At least six Concerts held at HBSM's recital hall (or online) per year, at no extra cost; musical evenings (only for adult students), at no extra cost; two annual recitals at a big theater.

  • A flexible and generous approach to lesson make-ups
    Most other schools don't allow any private lesson rescheduling. We do our best to accommodate your busy schedule and offer reasonable rescheduling of private lessons with your teacher or a substitute.
  • Discounts on tuition fee for family members
    When you enroll more than one person in your family in our private music lessons, 10% discount will be applied to the lowest priced tuition fee. This family discount will be applied to each additional sibling that registers.
  • Scholarships/Financial Aid for students with high potential or with financial needs.
  • and much more!

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Meet Our Staff

We currently have 20+ teachers on staff and we are growing every month. Below you will find bios for our staffs.

Hugo Nogueira

Dr. Hugo Nogueira
Guitar, Ukulele

Hugo Nogueira is currently teaching guitar at Los Angeles Pierce College. Hugo won the 2011 American...

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Ekaterina Bessmeltseva

Dr. Ekaterina Bessmeltseva
Piano

Ekaterina Bessmeltseva is a concert pianist whose performances span North America, Europe and Russia....

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Gary Gould

Gary Gould
Saxophones, clarinets,..

Multi-woodwindist Gary Gould developed his passion for performing and teaching over a long and successful...

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Hang Nguyen

Hang Nguyen
Guitar, Piano

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Matthew Peskanov

Matthew Peskanov
Trumpet

Matthew Peskanov, originally from New York, grew up in a musical household. Everyday he would hear piano,...

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Melody Tran

Melody Tran
Piano

I started learning music on a keyboard at the age of seven. After 4 years learning and applying piano...

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Ann Nguyen

Ann Nguyen
Piano

Mrs. Nguyen graduated with an honored degree in Piano Performance in HCM Conservatory of Music in 2004....

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Arax Petrossian

Arax Petrossian
Voice, Piano

I was born in Armenia, Yerevan. Went to Tchaikovsky specialized secondary music school (major voice and...

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Chloe Descher

Chloe Descher
Flute, Piano

Chloe Descher is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California with a Masters of Music in...

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Maura Phelps

Maura Phelps
Cello, Ukulele

Maura Phelps is a recent alumni of CSULB where she received her masters degree in instrumental performance....

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Jean Leema

Jean Leema
Piano

I've taught piano for over 25 years, and my passion is to educate and to pass my musical knowledge to...

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Cole Perez

Cole Perez
Violin/Viola

Originally from the Bay Area, Cole Perez is a multifaceted violinist with experience in performing and...

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Marisa Ramey

Marisa Ramey
Viola/Violin, Piano

Marisa Ramey has studied viola for over 10 years and plans to continue doing so for many many more. She...

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Lora Bashmakian

Lora Bashmakian
Voice, Piano,..

Lora Bashmakian is a Southern California based singer and pianist. She recently competed in The Metropolitan...

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Ian Westerbeck

Ian Westerbeck
Guitar

Ian Westerbeck is a guitarist and teacher based out of Huntington Beach, California. He grew up around...

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Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith
Voice, Piano

Stephanie Smith has always had a strong love of music starting at a young age. At the age of nine she...

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Kerry Walther

Kerry Walther
Viola, Violin

Kerry Walther is a student at CSU Long Beach studying music performance with Jason Bonham, principal...

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Racquel Gee

Racquel Gee
Voice, Piano

Racquel Gee is a Southern California based musician and student studying at California State University...

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Steven Dinh

Steven Dinh
Violin, guitar

I’ve been listening to music since before I was born. I was born into a home with both parents who...

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Jacquelyn Su

Jacquelyn Su
Viola/Violin, Piano

Jacquelyn Su is a student attending CSU Long Beach, focusing in music education and performance. She...

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Jasmin Cruz

Jasmin Cruz
Cello, Piano

Jasmin Cruz, a Bay Area native, is an emerging music educator with a passion for igniting musical curiosity....

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Brandon Whitehurst

Brandon Whitehurst
Piano, Bassoon

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Ethan Dwinell

Ethan Dwinell
Cello

Growing up in Long Beach, Ethan’s love of music started when he was introduced to the cello at an afterschool...

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Namiah Miller

Namiah Miller
Violin, viola

Namiah Miller attends the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, where he performs in the...

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Alexandra Reyna

Alexandra Reyna
Voice, Piano

Alexandra Reyna has been a student of music for her entire life. She started voice lessons at the age...

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Cole Temple

Cole Temple
Voice

Vocal Percussionist for Marina Voices Bass Section Leader for Viking Choir and Concert Choir Mens Section...

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Zachary Mascarinas

Zachary Mascarinas
Voice, Piano,..

Zachary Mascarinas is a second-year student at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, where he is pursuing...

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