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

Danielle Ondarza
Horn Faculty

Danielle Ondarza is a horn player based in Los Angeles. As a freelancer, she has performed with many orchestras in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale, as well as concert series and festivals such as Jacaranda and Hear Now.

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Liz Kinnon
Instructor of Jazz Piano, Jazz Theory, Adult Jazz Workshops

Liz Kinnon (pianist/arranger/composer/educator), a native of Los Angeles, has performed all over the world with numerous artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Andy Williams, Barbara Morrison, Sherwood Sledge, Kenia, Octavio Bailly, and Jackie Ryan.

Rina Dokshitsky
Piano Faculty

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

Sam Fischer
Violin Instructor

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