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

Kate Vincent wearing a blouse and smiling in front of a window.
Kate Vincent
Chamber Faculty

Violist Kate Vincent’s solo playing has been described as having “vivid color and palpable verve” (Fanfare Magazine).

Benjamin Lash
Cello Faculty

Benjamin Lash was a top prizewinner in multiple Chicago area competitions and is an avid chamber musician.

Fabio Bidini
Piano Faculty and Carol Colburn Grigor Piano Chair

One of the most important pianists and pedagogues who has won many top prizes worldwide

Gina Coletti
Chair, Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute, Viola Instructor

A dedicated educator, Ms. Coletti is Chair of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, and teaches viola at Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts and Music Academy.