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 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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Virtual Open House

June 5, 9 am–4 pm

Join UsThe Virtual Open House is the pathway into discovering the perfect program for children or adult learners! With department chair panels, open classes, expert seminars, and engaging video content, participants will have the Community School on full display.

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Meet Our Faculty

Diana Morgan smiling and holding a flute.
Diana Morgan
Flute and Piccolo Faculty

Ms. Morgan performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and is a recurring guest principal flute of the Santa Barbara Symphony.

Benjamin Lash
Cello Faculty

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

Ted Sugata holding an oboe and smiling in front of a window. He is wearing glasses.
Ted Sugata, DMA
Oboe Faculty

A native of Southern California, Ted Sugata is currently second oboist with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was a member of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida, and principal oboist with the Lyrique-en-Mer Opera Festival in Belle-Ile, France.

Kenneth McGrath
Percussion Faculty

Kenneth McGrath is a highly regarded performer and educator in Los Angeles. He has performed with many of the major orchestras in Southern California including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

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