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Individual Lessons

The Community School of Performing Arts offers traditional and Suzuki Method instruction for guitar. Starting at age five, students can learn from our renowned faculty in personalized lessons.

To begin the process for individual lessons, please submit an inquiry form.

Group Classes

The Community School also offers group classes for ages five through adult. These classes offer students with a range of experience levels a safe and supportive environment to learn instruments. To register for group classes, visit the registration site.


For students seeking performance experience, the Community School offers chamber and jazz groups designed to develop and refine student skills.

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute offers one of the most comprehensive and intense pre-college level chamber music learning experiences of any music school in North America. Students are coached weekly by members of Colburn’s acclaimed faculty.

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Members enjoy playing a wide variety of guitar ensemble music from around the world (classical, jazz, indigenous and pop), covering six centuries, led by one the country’s most experienced and versatile ensemble guitarists. Standard notation, TAB and chord symbol reading helpful, but not required. Open to all ages, audition for group placement required.

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The Community School has several instrumental ensembles, including small combos and a Big Band, each devoted to the performance of jazz repertoire and the development of musical concepts, improvisations, and compositions.

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This ensemble consists of musicians who are proficient on their instruments and experienced in jazz studies. Various styles of jazz repertoire are explored and learned aurally along with some discussion of jazz theory and approaches to improvisation. All instruments (including strings) are welcome.

Audition required for new students. Please submit an inquiry form to set up your audition.

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Summer Camps

The Colburn Jazz Workshop’s Big Band instructors, Lee Secard and Walter Simonsen, give students a unique summer experience featuring daily playing and improvisation; jazz theory and ear training; practicing and learning strategies; and more. 

Explore all that the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts has to offer with an experience that will allow your child to sing, act, and discover their talents.