Frequently Asked Questions

August 11–25. Canvas trainings will take place August 11–14. Placement tests will take place the week of August 17 for BM, PD, and MM students. Various virtual meetings, trainings, and activities will take place through August 25. A detailed schedule will be sent to students in the coming weeks.

Classes begin on Wednesday, August 26 and end on Monday, December 7. Final exams will take place December 8-11, 2020.

As of right now, we hope to be able to make a decision by the end of October.

You will automatically be registered for all required classes according to your program. You will have the opportunity to indicate interest and preferences for elective and optional classes through an online form, which we will be sending in early August. New MM students should note that they will not be able to register for classes until after placement exams. We are in the process of developing the schedule of classes for the Fall. Our plan is to have a detailed class schedule by the week of August 17, and individual student schedules will be in Canvas before the first day of classes.

Yes. Financial aid awards will be emailed by July 29.

Yes. The $3,000 yearly Comprehensive Fee has been adjusted to $1,500 for 2020–21.

All students are required to have suitable health insurance before arriving on campus for classes. Please refer to the email from ResLife and the Dean regarding information to opt-in to health insurance provided by the school.

The Colburn School bills for the comprehensive fee in August and payment is due September 1, 2020. The fee is not divided up over two semesters. However, Colburn offers a variety of payment plan options for students. Please refer to the Dean’s email regarding the comprehensive fee for more detailed information.

Yes. The faculty are planning a chamber music curriculum that will facilitate learning and preparing repertoire. More information will be sent out regarding this at a later date.

Yes. Orchestra will continue to meet but the experience will be different from the usual rehearsal/performance model. We will take this time to focus on individual and group preparation centered around, but not limited to: orchestral excerpts, score study, mock auditions, and audition repertoire. The remote orchestra class will vary according to instrument and/or instrument group.

Yes. We plan to have a master class program that includes a small number of public master classes that are livestreamed as well as studio specific master classes.

Yes. We are planning that students will be able to complete the requirements via streaming or pre-recorded recitals.


Some of our programs already have an extension process (see handbook). For other programs, primarily degree programs, this will be handled on a case by case basis with the applied teacher and Dean.

In general, our policy is that we do not grant deferrals. Understanding that these are extraordinary times, students that feel they have circumstances that would merit an exception should contact the Dean directly.

We are working on a virtual textbook database to be incorporated with Canvas. Should hard copies of texts or books be required for a class, faculty will work to ensure that texts are available to purchase regardless of location.

Due to our small student size, we anticipate being able to schedule classes in such a way that all students are able to participate fully in the curriculum.

If this is the first time you will be on an I-20 and will be enrolling in a school in the United States for the very first time, your I-20 will be issued to you once there is an official announcement that the Colburn School will be resuming in-person classes. For those of you that are having your SEVIS records transferred to Colburn from another school and/or are starting in another educational level within Colburn, please contact Christine Tanabe directly for the latest information on your status. The same goes for all students currently on an I-20 with Colburn and have plans to continue their full-time studies at Colburn for the 2020–21 academic year.

Classes will not be automatically recorded. Teachers will determine whether it is appropriate to record classes on an individual basis.

Students are expected to be fully present and participate in class. Our attendance policy for online classes will require that the camera be on and the student’s full face be visible.

Yes. Our two psychotherapists and physical therapist will be available at no cost via virtual sessions. We will also be planning additional online wellness programming throughout the semester.

Yes. We have a variety of resources available while we are online, including access to our books, scores, and parts; digital resources; interlibrary loans; research assistance; and course reserves (all course material will be available through your individual pages on Canvas). More specific information will be provided to students soon.

Yes, we will have a limited number of remote student worker opportunities. Opportunities will be sent out via email.

While we anticipate that the building may be open for limited access or activities, it will be dependent on guidelines determined by the government and health officials. We are closely following the protocols and procedures recommended from the ongoing research for safe interactions while teaching music, and we will be looking closely at what is feasible at Colburn for the fall semester.

While we anticipate that the building may be open for limited access or activities, it will be dependent on guidelines determined by the government and health officials. We are in the process of putting safety protocols in place that would allow us to provide practice spaces to students living in LA who need access to instruments, such as percussionists and pianists, and we will have further information by the start of the fall semester.