Staff Bios

Jasmin Cruz

Jasmin Cruz

Cello, Piano


Jasmin Cruz, a Bay Area native, is an emerging music educator with a passion for igniting musical curiosity. Jasmin's musical journey started with piano lessons, then expanded in the 4th grade with a cello in hand. After playing in school orchestras, she joined the Napa Valley Youth Symphony in middle school, where her talent as a cellist flourished. She then further developed her skills in the Napa Youth Chamber Ensemble under Symphony Napa Valley concertmaster Yasushi Ogura. A graduate of American Canyon High School, Jasmin became a driving force across the different musical ensembles there. From award-winning choirs to the string orchestras, marching band, and jazz ensemble, she immersed herself in every musical facet the school offered. Inspired by dedicated teachers and mentors, Jasmin resolved to pursue music.

Currently, Jasmin is pursuing dual Bachelor's degrees in Music at California State University, Long Beach, majoring in Instrumental Music Education and Strings Performance. She contributes her talents to the Bob Cole Symphony Orchestra and various string chamber groups, studying privately under Dr. David Garrett from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Beyond her performance skills, Jasmin's commitment to nurturing musical growth has taken root in her teaching endeavors. With years of experience teaching piano and cello in the private setting, she has honed her ability to impart the gift of music to eager learners. She has students who have earned their high chairs and played in their respective school district honor orchestras. However, her ultimate goal is to become a classroom music educator. She has already gained valuable experience coaching cello and strings in various Southern California schools, since Fall 2022 and continuing with constant dedication.

Hometown: Napa County, CA

Musical Background: I studied classical piano for about 12 years, dabbled in jazz piano for 2 years, and have been studying cello for over 12 years. There is never a β€œstop” to learning, even now I am constantly growing!

School: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music @ California State University, Long Beach (2020-)

Hobbies: I love spending my free time (when I have it!) in the kitchen either cooking or baking, knitting, or traveling!

Message To You: I don't teach music, because music cannot learn; I teach the human being.
I believe that everyone should experience music education, and my goal is to be sure that every student enjoys music education. I hope to share my love of music with you so that not only will you grow as a musician, but also experience and share this beautiful art with the world!