Nathan D. Phung

12536 Doral Street, El Monte, CA 91732 (626) 823-0406

Fresh music educator with a 21st-century mindset with diverse skills in band, orchestra, piano, guitar, percussion, music technology education and beyond. Teaching with career-technical/lifetime implications of music education in mind.


To create new generations of lifelong music-makers, performers, listeners, and patrons through public education.


California State University- Long Beach, Long Beach, CA August 2009 to present

Single-Subject Credential Program for Music – Preliminary Credential issued in July 2015.

Student Teacher at Huntington Beach High School, January 2015 to present.

Courses taught: Advanced Guitar, master teacher: James Knight; Music Technology ROP, master teacher: Michael Simmons; Wind Ensemble and APA Piano, master teacher: Gregory Gilboe

Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education and Piano Performance, May 2013 Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Kappa Omicron Chapter

o Vice President, May 2013 to May 2014

o Concert Committee Chair, February 2013 to May 2013

Founder and President of the Underground Music Society, founded November 2012.

Relevant Employment Experience

Substitute Teacher, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Huntington Beach, CA.

February 2015 to the present:

Piano/Music Theory Teacher, Musique, San Gabriel, CA.

March 2013 to the present.

Freelance Solo and Collaborative Pianist/Keyboardist, Southern California.

September 2010 to the present.

Piano Teacher, Top A Education Center, San Gabriel, CA.

September 2010 to May 2011.

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer Instructor, Mountain View High School.

Percussion Coach (July 2009 to September 2009; August 2011, 2013 & 2014)

Brass Coach (August 2011)

Visual/Marching Coach (August 2014)

Instructors: Jazmine Harnishfeger, Danielle Collins; James Fraracci, Jr., and Robert Medina

Professional Affiliations

- National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

- California Association for Music Educators (CMEA)

- Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

- California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT)

- Association for Popular Music Education (APME)

- Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA)

History of Musical Study

Piano: Principal Teachers

Mark Uranker, August 2010 to May 2013

Ruby Kahanda, 1997 to 2006

Piano: Coachings/Masterclasses

Craig Richey, Accompanying coaching, August 2011 to December 2011; February 2013 to May 2013

Shun-Lin Chou, Ensemble coaching, August 2012 to December 2012

Althea Waites, Ensemble coaching, January 2011 to the May 2012; January 2013 to May 2013

Daniel Shapiro, Masterclass, November 2012

Mary Jo Pagano, Masterclass, February 2011

Honors and Awards

Awarded Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Outstanding Music Education Student, May 2015.

Performance for CSULB Keyboard Department Semesterly Piano Showcases, November 2010 to November 2012

Awarded El Monte Women’s Club Music Scholarship for Classical Instrumental Performance, February 2009.

State Champion for Drums Across America Snare Solo Division, May 2008

Awards at the Accordion Federation of North America Piano Competition; 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006.

Selected Performing Experience

Half Past Two (Keyboards, 2015)

Yorktown Lads (Keyboards/Accessory Percussion/Vocals, 2015)

Huntington Beach High School Band (Student Teacher Conductor, 2015)

The Maxies (Keyboards/Background Vocals, 2015 to present)

Isolated Victims (Keyboards/Background Vocals, 2014)

LiveSka All-Stars (Keyboards/Vocals/Songwriting, 2013-2014)

Moonshine Buckets/The Swingin’ Eight Balls (Keyboards/Bass/Rhythm Guitar/Drums, 2012-2014)

The 2TBs (Keyboards/Vocals/Trombone/Songwriting/Booking/Management, 2011 to present)

CSU Long Beach Concert Band (Trombone/Euphonium/French Horn/Alto Saxophone, 2010-2012, 2014)

CSU Long Beach 49er Choir (Tenor, 2014)

East Los Angeles College Latin Jazz Ensemble (Piano, 2011)

CSU Long Beach University Symphony Orchestra (Piano, 2010)

El Monte Union High School District Honor Band (Principal Trombonist, 2009)

Fieldwork/Teacher Observation Experiences

Rosemead High School, Rosemead, CA – Teacher: Danielle Collins (Fall 2014)

South El Monte High School, El Monte, CA - Teacher: Raul Guerrero (Spring 2014)

Arroyo High School, El Monte, CA – Teacher: Joe Massaro (Fall 2013)

Oak Middle School, Los Alamitos, CA – Teacher: Justin Padilla (Fall 2013)

Longfellow Elementary School, Long Beach, CA – Teacher: James Petri (Fall 2013)

Millikan High School, Long Beach, CA – Teacher: Renee Bhatia (Fall 2012)

Hill Classical Middle School, Long Beach, CA – Teacher: Yuki Fujimura (Spring 2012)

Fred Rogers Middle School, Long Beach, CA – Teacher: Kevin Hamilton (Spring 2011)

Alfred S. Madrid Middle School, El Monte, CA – Teacher: Nancy Atilano (Fall 2010)


Musical: Piano (since 1997), trombone/euphonium (since 2002), guitar (since 2003), marching percussion (since 2007), alto saxophone (since 2010), violin (since 2011). Perfect pitch (able to recognize pitches). Large ensemble rehearsal skills including conducting, error detection and rectification, teaching strategies for difficult passages, and expressive direction. Marching percussion pedagogy and techniques. Popular/rock guitar pedagogy. Music theory topics from fundamental elements to tonal harmony to modern music techniques. Big band and Latin/Afro-Cuban jazz experience. Arranging/composition for various instrumentations.

Technology: Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/Powerpoint), Prezi, Garageband, Logic, Audacity. Web design abilities using WYSIWYG editors and HTML. Live sound reinforcement and recording techniques. Advanced skill in navigating both Windows and Macintosh OS environments.