Jennifer Cruz, M.M.

Assistant Professor of Music

Office Phone: (951) 343-4253
Office Location: Hawkins Building 201
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.M. Piano Performance University of Southern California 2001
B.M. Piano Performance Eastman School of Music 1997
  • Additional Education

    Currently enrolled in D.M.A. (Piano Performance) program at Claremont Graduate University. Projected to complete in fall 2018.

    Studied with: Grace Fong (current), Nelita True, Fernando Laires, Stewart Gordon, Gail Niwa, Mark Richman and Ruth Sitjar

  • Courses Taught

    Beginning Piano for Non-Music Majors
    Functional Piano
    Private and Applied Piano Instruction
    Private Instruction (Accompanying)
    Repertoire for Accompanists
    Performance Styles for Accompanists

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Classical Piano
    Sacred Piano (Gospel/Contemporary)
    Keyboard Accompanying
    Keyboard Technique
    Repertoire for Accompanists
    Performance Styles for Accompanists
    Prior to joining the CBU Music faculty, Ms. Cruz was an adjunct piano instructor for the University of La Verne, as well as the staff pianist for ULV’s Chamber Singers, University Chorale, and the vocal department from 2013 to 2016. In addition, she performed as soloist and collaborator for several concerts as part of the University of La Verne Faculty/Guest Artist Concert Series (2014–2016). In December 2016, she had the privilege to accompany as a guest pianist for the Gary Bonner Singers’ Christmas Concert. She was also the keyboard player for the Los Angeles premiere of the musical comedy “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (2014).

  • Teaching Experience

    California Baptist University, Adjunct Piano Instructor (2015–2016)
    University of La Verne, Adjunct Piano Instructor; Vocal Coach (2013–2016)
    Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Certificate of Merit Program, Piano Evaluator (2010–present)
    Private Piano Instructor (1989–present)
    Thornell Elementary School (New York), Student Instructor (1996)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    1st Place Winner of Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (Masterclass Division)—1991.
    Gold Medalist, Southern California Junior Bach Festival—1989 and 1987.
    Finalist, Young Keyboard Artist Competition—1988.
    Featured soloist with Los Angeles Bach Festival Orchestra (1989) and Bellflower Symphony Association (1990).

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Bible Baptist Church of Victorville (2006–present)
    Currently serves as the church pianist and accompanist for Bible Baptist Church, alongside her husband Enrico, who is the music minister.

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Music Teacher’s Association of California, Board Member, Treasurer (2015–present)
    Music Teacher’s Association of California, Executive and Finance Committee Member (2015–present)
    Music Teacher’s Association of California, Board Member, 1st Director (2013–2015)
    Music Teacher’s Association of California, Diamond Bar Branch, Member (2004–present)

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Husband: Enrico
    Children: Jonathan, Jasmine and Justine
    Enjoys traveling and cruising. Favorite place to visit: Hawaii.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Life Verses:
    "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17
    "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Colossians 3:23
    "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

    Favorite Quotes:
    "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words that which cannot remain silent." Victor Hugo
    "Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world." Martin Luther