The Community School is hosting an On Campus Open House on July 31 from 10 am–4 pm. Take an open class, meet faculty, listen to student performances and explore everything the Community School of Performing Arts has to offer!
If you are driving, park for free in Colburn Lot 1 (off Lower Grand Avenue) and enter the event through the building.
If you are arriving via other means, enter the event through the Colburn Plaza.
With safety foremost in mind, we have developed protocols to protect you and our community. Thank you in advance for carefully following our guidelines below. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
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To continue the important work of early childhood education at Colburn, the school is pleased to welcome Dr. Nita Baxani, as Department Chair, Early Childhood Program, beginning the 2021-22 academic year. Dr. Nita Baxani offers a broad range of experiences as musician, educator, and researcher and is enthusiastic about advocating for music in community. Dr. Baxani is passionate about early childhood education and received a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her dissertation focused on the musicality of infants within a childcare community. Dr. Baxani will present on the Early Childhood curriculum and answer questions regarding class placement and registration.
Our specially trained instructors work with parents and infants to cultivate developmental listening skills with activities to help children absorb music concepts. Teachers design sensory experiences to fascinate and captivate children. As classes progress, infants move from being merely receptive to engaging in an active role.
Please note: An adult must accompany the child for the entire duration of the class. In most classes, parents are invited to participate at the level of involvement determined by the teacher. Only one parent or caregiver may participate in the class; siblings or other family members are not allowed to participate or sit in the classroom.
As toddlers gain more motor development skills, they’re more likely to want to move, and this class encourages them to explore movement through music and imagination. Teachers also work with the young students to improve listening skills through play, songs, stories, and games.
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.
Group piano classes are ideal for the absolute beginner with no prior experience
In this class, get a taste for our drama program, which is filled with improvisation, body movement, and theater games, and progresses to monologue, scene work, script analysis, and character development. Experience a learning environment in which students are free to explore and take risks — to work without fear of judgment.
Preparing student for Introduction to Music Theory. Basic note and rest values, including dotted notes and rests.
This class allows students to gain a firm grasp of the core skills of ear training, sight singing, and rhythmic concepts. Students use this knowledge to expand their appreciation and analysis of music, and elevate their performance abilities.
This class combines the curriculum of 3 different levels of music theory into one. Students learn major and minor scales, intervals, and triads. They also expand their ear training with aural recognition of the concepts studied in written theory. Students begin working on sight singing using solfege.
Meet the Department Chairs for each division of the Community School of Performing Arts: Gina Coletti, Chamber Music, Henry Gronnier, Strings, Jeffrey Lavner, Piano, Karen Lundgren, Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion, Michael Stevens, Voice, and Kathy Sawada, Music Theory. Learn about private lessons, ensembles, and performance opportunities at Colburn.
Meet Dr. Connie Sheu and learn about the Suzuki guitar program at the Colburn School! The Suzuki method is a philosophy of music education founded on the belief that every child can learn to play a musical instrument beautifully. Classical guitar is an incredibly accessible instrument to children of all ages that can be played both solo and in a group class setting.
Sign up for classes this summer at Colburn! Classes begin June 7.
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If you are interested in private lessons, please fill out the inquiry form. Our Community School staff will put you in contact with the appropriate Department Chair for placement.
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Both the Advanced Orchestras and the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute are currently taking applications.
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