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 varying ages and wide-ranging musical interests.

We offer individual sessions on many instruments—piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and voice. Plus, students come together to perform chamber music and as part of large ensembles.

The Community 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.

Meet Our Faculty

Inga Kapouler Gartner
Piano Faculty

Upon her graduation from Juilliard, she won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition Chopin Prize (New York), leading to her feature on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase with Robert Sherman.

Carmina Glicklich
Piano Instructor

Community School piano faculty, active adjudicator and clinician.

Connie Sheu
Guitar Faculty

Dr. Connie Sheu is a dynamic guitarist, devoted teacher, and ardent advocate of classical guitar.

Elizabeth Upton
Horn Faculty

As an orchestral performer, Upton has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has appeared with the Macau Orchestra in China and Portugal as guest third horn, and in Los Angeles as principal horn of the Young Musician’s Foundation’s Debut Orchestra.

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