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

Richard Beene
Bassoon Faculty, Conservatory Dean Emeritus, and Chair of Winds and Percussion

Richard Beene, Dean Emeritus of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, enjoys an active career as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.

Svetlana Transky
Piano Instructor

In 2005 Dr. Svetlana Transky was a prizewinner in the International Piano Competition of the International Summer Academy of Music in Michelstadt, Germany. She is also a winner of the Los Angeles Liszt Piano Competition, and a finalist of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition.

Ryan Emerson Baird
Double Bass Faculty

Ryan performs as a member of both the Santa Barbara Symphony and Delirium Musicum Chamber Ensemble, where he is also a co-founder.

Gideon Rubin, DMA
Piano Faculty

Dr. Gideon Rubin has a multi-faceted career that encompasses performing as a soloist, conductor, as a chamber musician, an orchestral keyboardist, and as a composer.

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