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

Michael McLean
Violin Faculty

Based in Los Angeles, California, composer and violinist Michael McLean is an internationally noted composer, violinist, and pedagogue. On the faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, he teaches violin, composition, and conducts various ensembles throughout the school while maintaining a lively career as a composer of orchestral, chamber, and film music.

Jim Walker
Flute Faculty

Dynamic soloist, legendary orchestral and studio musician, celebrated jazz flutist, and an inspiration to countless students worldwide

Yehuda Gilad
Clarinet Faculty, Music Director and Conductor, Colburn Orchestra

Strives for “total musicianship” and  has won the acclaim of both critics and audiences alike

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.

Upcoming Events

Colburn Jazz Workshop

Monday, November 22, 2021
7 pm
Thayer Hall

Colburn Jazz Workshop

Thursday, December 2, 2021
7 pm
Thayer Hall

Community School Winter School Recital

Sunday, December 5, 2021
1 pm
Thayer Hall