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About DeLuna Music Studio

DeLuna Music Studio is located in Santa Clarita, California, and provides music lessons in person and online.

Catina DeLuna has almost 30 years of experience teaching music for children and adults and understands that each student is different. With this in mind, every curriculum is customized according to the student's needs and goals.

Mrs. DeLuna has successfully prepared students for auditions for several renowned music schools such as Berklee College of Music, California State University, and Estonian Academy of Music and Theater as well as successfully prepared pupils for the Royal Conservatory of Music exams.

We are specialized in the following areas:

Piano Lessons

Voice Lessons

Sight Singing Training

Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training

Classical, Jazz, and Brazilian Styles

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  • Contributor in "The Musician's Lifeline" book by Peter Erskine and Dave Black.

  • GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION with her debut album "Catina DeLuna & Lado B Brazilian Project featuring Otmaro Ruiz".

  • Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society. 

  • Grant recipient: Center for Latino and Latin American Studies at NIU to carry out research on maracatu in Brazil.    

  • Visiting Scholar School of Music, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. 

  • Serenata Brasileira Group: award from the Linguistic Academy of Campinas for outstanding cultural contribution. 

  • Carlos Gomes Medal for excellence in cultural contribution to the city of Campinas. 


  • Arirê Finalist for the XII Sharp Prize for the recording of “Arirê”, self-titled album.

Prof. Janet Hathaway

Prof. of Music History

Northern Illinois University

Ms. DeLuna has a distinctive voice, both as a singer and (especially) as a composer, and her ease in front of an audience showed her to be comfortable and in command as a performer. The evening was memorable -even captivating and, in my mind, best demonstrated to me Ms. DeLuna's considerable talents.
Ms. DeLuna is a remarkable person and musician…

Prof. Gregory Beyer

Northern Illinois University

Ms. DeLuna is a wonderfully talented composer whose music has a clarity and originality that is deeply seated in her Brazilian heritage and culture.  
I believe that Ms. Alencar has a musical voice that is unique and valuable.  Her abilities as a composer and as a teacher would be of great benefit to the cultural scene here in the United States.

Dr. Ana Clotilde Thomé Williams

Northwestern University

I invited her to present a workshop on Brazilian Music to my students of Portuguese. If there is a word that best describes her performance in this event the word is “outstanding”. Catina’s presentations on these two occasions in an academic milieu were really remarkable. The students and other attendees were very impressed by her ability to play and her enjoyment to teach. Catina’s performance talks a lot about her engaging personality, her motivated spirit and her excitement in sharing her deep knowledge about Music.

Prof. Jui-Ching Wang

Northern Illinois University

The lecture and demonstration Catina gave on Brazilian folk and pop music not only introduced our students with the most up-to-date music development in Brazil but also provided them with a fresh insight into the role music has played in shaping Brazilian culture in the 20th century."

Dr. Luciano Tosta

University of Illinois at


"Her high competence as a teacher, her skillfulness as a performer, and her solid knowledge as a musician are sure to captivate your students.
Ms. DeLuna brings great theoretical musical knowledge added to considerable practical experience as a musician in Brazil. "

Michael J. Gonzales, Ph.D.

Director of Center for Latino and Latin American Studies


She is poised, intelligent, articulate, and a gifted artist.


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