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We salute Orange County’s outstanding music teachers

With Varsity Arts coverage coming to an end, we asked Orange County high school teachers to identify colleagues from their campus or other schools who do great work on behalf of the county’s arts students. We’d like to honor those named.

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Mark Aguero teaches instrumental music at Century High School.

Brian Akamine, conducting on the left, teaches choral music at Century High School. (Photo by Steven Georges, contributing photographer)

Brian Akamine teaches choral music at Century High School.

Mike Alvarez teaches instrumental music at Whittier Christian High School.

David Amrein teaches instrumental music at JSerra Catholic High School.

“David is a very kind and inspiring teacher! Always gentle and yet a wonderful musician with great ideas!” – Brian Dehn

Sarah Anderson teaches vocal music at John F. Kennedy High School.

Scott Arakawa teaches instrumental music at Orange High School.

Jonathan Arnold teaches choral music and handbells at Cornelia Connelly School. (Photo courtesy of Cornelia Connelly School)

Jonathan Arnold teaches choral music and handbells at Cornelia Connelly School.

“Jonathan Arnold brings out the best in each of his students and makes music accessible for each of them no matter what level they are at. He has taught so many students and enabled them to feel positive about something they’ve never experienced before.” – Pamela Toomey

Megan Arthurton teaches vocal music at Valencia High School. (Photo courtesy of Valencia High School)

Megan Arthurton teaches vocal music at Valencia High School.

Brad Van Patten, left, is visual and performing arts coordinator for the Irvine Unified School District. Bob Avzaradel, right, teaches band and orchestra at Irvine High School. (Photo courtesy of Irvine Unified School District)

Bob Avzaradel teaches band and orchestra at Irvine High School.

“Bob’s ensembles are filled with wonderful, accomplished musicians and great people. Whether it is in a symphonic band,

Article source: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/21/outstanding-music-teachers/

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