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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On-Campus Open House

July 31

Join UsThe Open House is the pathway into discovering the perfect program for children or adult learners! With faculty panels, open classes, and engaging performances, participants will have the Community School on full display.

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Meet Our Faculty

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.

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.

Elizabeth Wright
Elizabeth Wright
Suzuki Cello Faculty

Elizabeth Wright, a native of North Carolina, received her Bachelor of Arts in cello performance from the University of California, Los Angeles with Ronald Leonard. She currently performs with New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Opera and the Long Beach Ballet.

Katie Thiroux wearing a blouse, holding a bass, and smiling in front of a window.
Katie Thiroux
Jazz Double Bass Faculty

Katie Thiroux has become a bold standard-bearer for the emerging generation of jazz singer/instrumentalists.