Percussion

Timpanist on stage

Individual Lessons

Starting at age seven, Colburn offers private instruction for percussion with our renowned faculty.

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

Ensembles and Workshops

For students seeking performance experience, the Community School offers a variety of ensembles to build performance technique, collaboration, and a sense of community with other players.

Made up of three ensembles of sequential skill level, the band program accommodates players from beginning to advanced. The program uses engaging repertoire to focus on music reading and ensemble skills.

The Community School will not be offering bands for the 2020–21 academic year.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Sinfonietta is a mid-sized ensemble of the Community School. This ensemble combines winds and strings to play works by composers, such as Beethoven and Haydn. The Colburn Sinfonietta is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy and accepts students 13-18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Youth Orchestra is the largest advanced ensemble of the Community School. This is a full symphonic orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The Colburn Youth Orchestra is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. This ensemble accepts students 13-18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

Build and expand upon private lessons with the Percussion Workshops. Activities will include solo performances, demonstrations of various performance techniques by Mr. McGrath, participation on various percussion topics, and master classes from guest artists. Each semester culminates in a recital of student and faculty performances. Class meets 14 weeks per semester which includes the end of semester recital.

Class Requirements
  • Strong, reliable internet service
  • Quiet space where your instrument(s) and sticks/mallets are located
  • Laptop strongly recommended, although pads and phones may be used
  • Snare drum sticks, drum pad, music stand
  • Metronome that is separate from their streaming device
  • Optional, but strongly encouraged: any other instruments such as mallet percussion, snare drum, hand percussion, accessory percussion and drum set

Middle School Percussion Workshop
Student requirements: Grades 6–8, at least one year of private instruction or comparable experience

Duration: Saturdays, 1–2 pm

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High School Percussion Workshop
Student requirements: Grades 9–12, at least two years of private instruction or comparable experience

Duration: Saturdays, 2:30–3:30 pm

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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.

The Colburn School Summer Percussion Workshop is a one-week seminar designed for intermediate students grades 6–8 and intermediate/advanced students grades 9–12. Students will work closely with faculty in ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes covering a wide variety of topics.