Music Academy

Colburn’s Music Academy provides pre-college training essential for exceptional young performers like you, who want to dedicate themselves to music with an eye on becoming a professional. We help you reach your full artistic potential and instill a broader awareness of how music can be beneficial to building community.

Hannah Geisinger
The Colburn Music Academy has allowed me to take what I've accomplished in the practice room out onto the stage. This has been a groundbreaking experience." Hannah Geisinger, viola, class of '15, now a Kovner Fellow at The Juilliard School

Our comprehensive curriculum includes private instruction with top faculty, studio classes and chamber music, music theory and history, and ear training, as well as enrichment studies in career development and personal presentation skills. Students perform regularly, both on campus and throughout Los Angeles, and participate in master classes. Alumni have gone on to study at top music schools, including Juilliard, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

If you would like to be added to our database, you may complete our Music Academy Inquiry Form. Once submitted, we may notify you of special events or deadlines using the information that you provide to us on the Music Academy Inquiry Form.

Meet Our Faculty

HyeJin Kim
Piano Instructor

Praised by critics for her “passionate…polished and expressive” performances, pianist HyeJin Kim is one of South Korea’s most thrilling young classical stars.

Louise Borden
English as a Second Language Instructor

Louise Borden is an experienced educator with over 25 years working as an instructor of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and ESOL program coordinator at the primary, secondary and college levels.

Danielle Belen
Violin Faculty

In 2010, Ms. Belen founded Center Stage Strings, a summer camp and performance festival for gifted young musicians. Ms. Belen plays on a 1709 Alessandro Gagliano violin from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.

Joan Kwuon wearing a blazer, holding a violin, and smiling in front of a window.
Joan Kwuon
Violin Faculty

Joan Kwuon is a critically-acclaimed soloist, described by The New York Times as “fiery, intensely musical and impassioned.”

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