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.

Bonus for Summer Lesson Packages

Students who sign up for more than eight lessons during the summer receive discounts and bonus opportunities, including dedicated student recitals and master classes with guest artists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Midori. Submit an inquiry today.

Meet Our Faculty

Walter Simonsen, DMA
Assistant Director, Big Band; Jazz Trumpet Faculty

From the small clubs of Los Angeles, to the recording studios, to the Hollywood Bowl, and even the grass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dr. Simonsen’s trumpet and music can be heard pleasing audiences of every size and demographic.

Rina Dokshitsky
Piano Instructor

Israeli pianist Rina Dokshitsky gave her first solo appearance at age 13, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Andrew Picken
Viola Faculty

Mr. Picken is a dedicated pedagogue. His students have matriculated to many of the top music schools in the country including Juilliard, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Colburn Conservatory, and USC.

Lee Secard
Chair, Colburn Jazz Workshop, Saxophone Faculty

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger, Lee Secard has performed with the bands of Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Jack Sheldon, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Les Hooper, Bobby Caldwell, Brian Setzer, Ladd McIntosh, Tim Davies, and many others. He has played extensively for film and television recordings on a variety of woodwinds.