Online Learning

After thoughtful and careful consideration, the Colburn School has determined that it will begin the 2020–21 school year online.

Though we have all hoped to see a speedy conclusion to the COVID-19 pandemic, local and global infection and transmission rates have unfortunately changed little since we closed the campus. In order to protect our community, the educational activities of the School will remain online until we determine it is safe to fully reopen. We will continue our careful monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and will keep the community updated as we know more.

Important Dates for Spring 2021

December 7: Registration begins for returning students
January 4: Registration begins for new students
January 11: Early Childhood Orientation for new students
January 19: First day of classes
March 29–April 4: Spring Break
April 16: Priority summer registration for continuing students
April 19–25: Jury week-no classes or private lessons
April 26: Open summer registration for all students and Early Childhood Orientation
May 15: Priority 2021–22 annual registration for continuing students
May 24: Last day of spring semester

New for 2020–21

Gap year packages: For students who are planning to defer their undergraduate studies, these packages will provide comprehensive lessons and theory curriculum.

Master class series: Available and open to all registered students and will complement other institutional master class offerings.

Private Music Lessons

Lessons are full-year registrations (32 weeks). Free payment plans are available from August through April, and the $50 Registration Fee began on September 1.

The Community School anticipates offering students the choice of continuing to take lessons remotely once faculty and students are able to return safely to campus. These arrangements will be made directly between the student and faculty member, and it will be at the discretion of each private lesson instructor to determine what platform is in the best interest of the student.

Group Classes

All Group Classes—Early Childhood, instrumental group classes, Jazz Workshops, chamber music, and drama—will begin the semester through remote instruction. The school will continuously monitor public health and government guidelines to determine when it will be safe to return to campus.

Music Theory
The school anticipates theory classes will remain remote for the entirety of the 2020–21 academic year. Students registered in 32-week lesson packages are able to receive a 50% discount for theory classes for Elementary Music Theory II and levels above.

New Jazz Theory class
Students registered in a Jazz Workshop class will be able to receive Jazz Theory at a 50% discount.

Large Ensembles

Choral Ensembles
The Community School will not be offering choral ensembles for the 2020–21 academic year.

The practice of singing is particularly dangerous in the current global pandemic, given the ease and mode of transmission of COVID-19. Knowing this, even when a return to campus is possible, as long as there are social distancing guidelines in place, it will be impossible to resume choral ensembles.

Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble
The Community School will not be offering bands for the 2020–21 academic year.

Due to social distancing guidelines and available space on campus it has been determined that there is not an adequate area to be able to facilitate band instruction on campus for the 2020–21 academic year.

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

As the school continues to monitor social distancing guidelines, if it’s feasible, smaller string and orchestral ensembles will resume.

For string players interested developing their skills and technique in a supportive environment, check out the Violin Sight Reading class and String Workshops. Auditions are required.