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

Brian Langsbard
Music Composition Faculty

Brian Langsbard is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and upon returning to his hometown of Los Angeles, Brian immediately began composing for Batman:The Animated series and has not stopped composing since then. He has garnered 2 Emmy nominations and an ASCAP award for his film and television work.

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.

Yung-mee Rhee
Piano Faculty

Yung-mee Rhee is an accomplished pianist and teacher, and adjudicator of the annual Southwestern Youth Music Festival and Music Teachers National Association Bartok Competition.

Maxim Eshkenazy

Leads several youth orchestras in Southern California with the purpose of enabling young people to gain orchestral experience and savor the unique feeling of orchestral music-making

Upcoming Events

Community School Double Bass Concert

Sunday, February 6, 2022
1 pm
Thayer Hall

Community School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble

Saturday, March 19, 2022
7 pm
Zipper Hall

Adult Jazz Workshop

Sunday, May 1, 2022
5:30 pm
Mayman Hall

Community School Spring School Recital

Friday, May 13, 2022
7 pm
Thayer Hall