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 sessions on many instruments—piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and voice. Plus, students come together to perform chamber music and as part of large ensembles.

The Community 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.

Meet Our Faculty

John Hayhurst
Viola Instructor

Violist John Hayhurst joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1984 after two seasons as a member of the Denver Symphony.

Paul Crockett
Director of Bands

Newly appointed Director of Bands for the Colburn School

Vanessa Fadial, DMA
Piano Instructor

Highly regarded teacher, chamber music coach and adjudicator whose students have won numerous competitions

Heewon Kwon, DMA
Piano Faculty

Dr. Kwon taught at USC from 1974 to 1977, and has been on the piano faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts since 1975.

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