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

Gina Coletti
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.

Richard Naill
Richard Naill, DMA
Cello Faculty

In 1992 he founded the chamber music institute at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and has served on the faculty since that time.

Andrew Picken
Viola Faculty

Mr. Picken is a dedicated pedagogue. His students have matriculated to many of the top music schools in the country including Juilliard, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Colburn Conservatory, and USC.

Yue Qian
Chamber Music Faculty

Qian is also keen on teaching and community engagements. Together with Midori Goto, she has interacted with local communities in Los Angeles, Mexico, and Sri Lanka. A former chamber music faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-College division, she is currently an instructor of the music minor/non-major program at USC Thornton of School of Music.