The Music Department has world-class individual and group instruction for a wide variety of ages, levels and musical interests.
Individual instruction from beginning through advanced levels is offered on orchestral instruments, piano, saxophone, guitar, recorder, and voice. Chamber music, large ensembles and jazz ensembles also are offered.
The School's music theory instruction ranges from the basics of reading pitch and rhythm in treble and bass clef to complex advanced analysis. All music students are urged to take theory, applied instruction and ensemble classes simultaneously to provide the strongest foundation for all future study.
Audition and Placement
Prospective students who wish to study privately at the Colburn School of Performing Arts must submit an inquiry form to the CSPA Registration Office. To begin the process, click here to submit an Online Inquiry Form.
Typically, an interview with the chair or coordinator of the area is required; the interview may include an audition. The purpose of the interview and audition is to place the student with the appropriate private teacher. Wait lists may be maintained for the most popular areas; thus, early inquiry and registration are strongly recommended. Large and small ensembles also require auditions; please see ensembles for audition details.
The School has a limited collection of string, wind and brass instruments available for rental to our students. Students who wish to rent instruments should inquire at the CSPA Registration Office. All students enrolling for piano study must have access to a piano for daily practice; the School does not rent pianos.
Providing feedback regarding a student's ability, achievement and motivation is a constant aspect of study at The Colburn School. Often this feedback is provided on an individual basis, although some departments give formal exams once or twice each year. These exams help to determine a student's strengths as well as areas that may need improvement, and are an incentive for further practice and achievement. Students who do not progress appropriately may be counseled by the individual faculty member, department chair or dean of the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Consistent lack of progress may result in dismissal.