Guitar

Guitar teacher and student in classroom

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.

Students develop the three essential techniques for a comprehensive mastery of the guitar – strumming, arpeggiation and single-line – through repertoire that ranges from classical, jazz, pop and ethnic music.  Kenton Youngstrom, one of the world’s most versatile guitarists with over 45 years of teaching experience, has compiled a unique collection of pieces that develops technical fluency using three forms of music notation: standard, tablature and chord symbols.  In addition, students in group guitar classes learn about improvisation, practical music theory and get inside knowledge about how to play in various ensembles. 

Students develop the three essential techniques for a comprehensive mastery of the guitar – strumming, arpeggiation and single-line – through repertoire that ranges from classical, jazz, pop and ethnic music.  Kenton Youngstrom, one of the world’s most versatile guitarists with over 45 years of teaching experience, has compiled a unique collection of pieces that develops technical fluency using three forms of music notation: standard, tablature and chord symbols.  In addition, students in group guitar classes learn about improvisation, practical music theory and get inside knowledge about how to play in various ensembles. 

Prior lessons or prior enrollment in CSPA Group Guitar – Beginning II highly recommended.  Online accommodations can be made for intermediate students with teacher pre-approval, please email kyoungstrom@colburnschool.edu if you would like to take this class virtually. 

Prior lessons or group class enrollment in CSPA Guitar II or Guitar III is highly recommended. Online accommodations can be made for Advanced students with teacher pre-approval, please email kyoungstrom@colburnschool.edu if you would like to take this class virtually. 

Adult group classes are semester based, running 6 weeks during the summer, and 16 weeks in the fall from August – December or spring from January – May. 

Adult group classes are semester based running 6 weeks in the summer and 16 weeks during the fall from August – December or spring from January – May. 

Ensembles

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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Contact Kenton Youngstrom for permission to enroll at kyoungstrom@colburnschool.edu 

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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Colburn’s Adult Jazz Workshops consist of musicians who are proficient on their instruments and have some experience in jazz studies. We will explore the jazz genre through active listening, discussion, and application of specific elements of jazz performance. All group members are encouraged to contribute to exchange of ideas and apply concepts by recording themselves to share with the class. New students welcome, please contact instructor Liz Kinnon for more information at ekinnon@colburnschool.edu

Summer Camps

For those seeking engaging camps after the school year ends, the Community School offers programming to provide high-quality arts training. Summer programming engages students ages eight through adult, with programs for brass, jazz, piano, vocal, string, and percussion students.