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

Deborah Devine
Drama Instructor

Debbie Devine has been an award-winning theatre director, teacher, and a respected leader in the field of Arts Education for over three decades.

Heewon Kwon, DMA
Piano Faculty

Dr. Kwon taught at USC from 1974 to 1977, and has been on the piano faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts since 1975.

Kathy Sawada
Chair, Music Theory, Colburn Community School

Kathy Sawada has taught piano and music theory classes at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts since 1990.

Grace Huang, DMA
Piano Instructor

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Grace Huang completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California with James Bonn and Bernadene Blaha.

Upcoming Events

Colburn Jazz Workshop

Monday, November 22, 2021
7 pm
Thayer Hall

Colburn Jazz Workshop

Thursday, December 2, 2021
7 pm
Thayer Hall

Community School Winter School Recital

Sunday, December 5, 2021
1 pm
Thayer Hall