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.

Jeffrey Lavner
Community School Piano Chair, Conservatory Keyboard Skills for Non-Majors Faculty

Experience performing as both pianist and harpsichordist

Sam Fischer
Violin Instructor

Sam Fischer, violinist, enjoys a versatile career as a performer, recording artist, and educator.

Paul Crockett
Director of Bands

Paul Crockett is a graduate of Michigan State University where he holds the Masters of Music in Wind Conducting and was a doctoral student under Professor Kevin Sedatole.