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 lessons on many instruments—piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and voice.

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.

Community School News

Read More

New Classes and Programs

Musical Minuettos (Mini Classes)

Instructor playing drums with young students For ages 3–5, this series of mini classes for Early Childhood families focuses on the FUNdamentals of music while creating a love of the arts, language, science, and math. New classes start December 5.

Learn more

College Prep for Musicians™

College Prep for Musicians logoLed by course creators, Annie Bosler, DMA, Don Greene, PhD, and Kathleen Tesar, EdD, this six-module course is a must for high school students who want to pursue music studies in college.

Learn more

Meet Our Faculty

Kenton Youngstrom
Guitar Faculty

Kenton Youngstrom, guitarist, composer, and educator is the first in a long line of prize-winning students of Jim Smith at the University of Southern California, where, while earning his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, he studied composition with Donald Crockett, arranging with Darniell Pershing, and film scoring with David Raksin.

Harvey Pittel
Saxophone Faculty

Consistently acknowledged as America’s foremost classical saxophonist

Tina Qu
Chamber Music Coach

Tina Chang Qu performs regularly as violin solo recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. She started violin lessons at age seven.

Shih Lan Liu holding a violin and smiling in front of a window.
ShihLan Lavner
Violin Faculty

ShihLan Lavner is a dedicated and dynamic violin educator.

Upcoming Events