The Colburn School’s outstanding faculty and facilities create an optimal learning environment where more than 1700 students excel to their highest potential. The School has five divisions, each exemplary in its field of instruction and designed to serve performing artists at different levels of development:  

School of Performing Arts (Early Childhood/Youth Studies)

The Colburn School of Performing Arts serves young children and youth with classes in music, drama, and early childhood arts education, taught by exceptionally talented instructors.

  • Instruction in broad range of styles, age levels, and degrees of difficulty
  • Open enrollment (no competitive auditions)

Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (Youth and Adult Dance Studies)

The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is a premiere school of dance and movement, dedicated to helping students of all ages reach the highest possible levels of excellence.

  • Instruction for wide range of levels in many genres, including Ballet, Contemporary Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater Dance, Tap, Hip Hop, Mexican Folkloric Dance, Yoga, and Pilates
  • Includes a Professional Training Program for serious pre-professional dance students who are prepared to work hard in a rigorous dance training program

The Academy (Pre-college Intensive Music Program)

The Colburn School Academy is an intensive, multi-layered music program for highly gifted pre-college age musicians.

  • Curriculum is designed to enhance and refine the performance skills, musicianship and artistry of pre-college musicians
  • Optional on-campus housing

Conservatory of Music (College-age Music Studies)

Colburn's Conservatory of Music is one of the nation's leading music conservancies for highly talented, college-age students pursuing the most rigorous classical music performance training.

  • Full financial support to all students, including tuition, room and board
  • Admission is highly selective and requires a formal application and audition. The Conservatory welcomes auditions from students on all classical orchestra instruments and piano

Adult Studies (Adult Music Studies)

Adult Studies is an ever-growing community of performing arts lovers seeking to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the arts through course offerings.

Center for Student Advancement (Career Development)

The Center for Student Advancement offers services and training for all students at Colburn who seek sustainable careers in the arts.

The Colburn School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or religious belief in its admission, retention, student aid, scholarship, other educational policies and other school-administered programs.


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