Community School

At the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, we are committed to making music education accessible to everyone who has a passion and curiosity for music at every level of ability. Our world-class teachers share their expertise with students of wide-ranging musical interests and varying ages, from seven months to adults.

Located in sunny Los Angeles, the Community School offers online and in-person music lessons on many instruments—piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and voice. All experience levels welcome, from beginner to advanced.

At the Community School, students join together to perform chamber music and as part of large ensembles. The school also focuses on students’ understanding of music theory. Classes cover the basics of reading pitch and rhythm. As they progress in musicality, students employ more complex analysis skills. We encourage students to combine theory with applied instruction and ensemble activities for a well-rounded educational experience.

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Meet Our Faculty

Nancy Yamagata
Cello Faculty

She is a founding member of the Marina Ensemble and is the cello coordinator of the Suzuki String Program at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. Ms. Yamagata was formerly the director of the Chamber Music Workshop at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and has served on the Board of the Suzuki Music Association of California.

Diana Morgan smiling and holding a flute.
Diana Morgan
Flute and Piccolo Faculty

Ms. Morgan performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and is a recurring guest principal flute of the Santa Barbara Symphony.

Ted Botsford holding a bass and smiling in front of a window.
Ted Botsford
Double Bass Faculty

As an orchestral musician, soloist, teacher, and proponent of contemporary music, Ted Botsford enjoys a varied career.

Régulo Martínez-Antón
Piano and Keyboard Repertoire Faculty

One of the most intriguing Spanish pianists of his generation and a versatile performing artist

Upcoming Events

Community School Percussion Ensembles Concert

Saturday, May 28, 2022
11 am - 12 pm
Olive Rehearsal Hall

Community School Double Bass Concert

Saturday, May 28, 2022
11 am - 12 pm
Thayer Hall