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

Francesca Bori
Francesca Bori
Adaptive Music Program, Early Childhood, Cello

Francesca Bori received a Certificate in Early Childhood Development from Santa Monica College and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a Certification in Music Therapy from California State University at Long Beach.

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.

Jessie Oliver
Voice Faculty

Jessie is passionate for Vocal Rehabilitation and Trauma informed Holistic Teaching. She has collaborated with Speech Pathologists to create warm-ups and practices for wellness for the singing actor.

Yehuda Gilad
Clarinet Faculty, Music Director and Conductor, Colburn Orchestra

Strives for “total musicianship” and  has won the acclaim of both critics and audiences alike