Aaron Tindall

With his orchestral playing praised as “a rock-solid foundation” and his solo playing described as being “remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy,” Aaron Tindall is the principal tubist of the Naples Philharmonic and the Sarasota Orchestra. Many of his students have obtained prestigious playing positions with top professional orchestras and premier military bands.

With his orchestral playing praised as “a rock-solid foundation” and his solo playing described as being “remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy,” Aaron Tindall is the principal tubist of the Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and the associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. In the summers he teaches and performs at the Festival Napa Valley in Napa, CA and at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where he also serves as Principal Tuba with the EMF Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.

Mr. Tindall has previously served as the acting principal tubist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, held the principal tuba position with the Aspen Festival Orchestra where he was an orchestral fellow, and has collaborated as guest tubist with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Milan, Italy), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Kennedy Center), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.

He is a frequent soloist, guest artist/clinician, and orchestral tubist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured at all of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences since 2006, performed in England with the National Champion Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, and his solo playing has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today. Mr. Tindall has been a prizewinner of many solo and chamber competitions across the world. He has also been a two-time finalist in the prestigious Concert Artist Guild Competition and released four highly acclaimed solo recordings; Yellowbird (solo tuba and jazz piano trio), Transformations (winner of the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s Roger Bobo Excellence in Recording Award, and winner of two 2017 Global Music Awards), This is My House… (awarded two 2015 Global Music Awards), and Songs of Ascent. His fifth album, At the Ballet, featuring the music of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky will be recorded and released on the Bridge Record Label in 2023.

Many of Mr. Tindall’s students have obtained prestigious playing positions with the top professional orchestras in the USA and Canada and also in the premier military bands in Washington D.C. His students have won positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, United States Navy Band, United States Air Force Band and Ceremonial Band, and the West Point Band. They are also frequent prizewinners at various national and international solo and chamber music competitions. His students have won Yamaha Young Performing Artists Awards, the Annual Leonard Falcone Artist Tuba and Euphonium Solo Competition, and the ITEA solo, mock orchestral, and military band competitions.

Mr. Tindall is an International Yamaha Performing Artist and a Denis Wick (London) artist and design specialist, having recently designed their complete Ultra Range AT signature series tuba mouthpieces.

Sequential Curriculum

We’ve created the Early Childhood curriculum to follow an age-appropriate sequence to help students prosper as they develop.

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.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Nita Baxani 0yr 7mo - 0yr 11mo 01/18 - 05/10 We 09:00 am - 09:40 am $560.00
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Nita Baxani 0yr 7mo - 0yr 11mo 01/19 - 05/11 Th 09:00 am - 09:40 am $560.00
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Nita Baxani 0yr 7mo - 1yr 5mo 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 11:00 am - 11:40 am $560.00
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Nita Baxani 1yr - 1yr 5mo 01/18 - 05/10 We 09:50 am - 10:30 am $560.00
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Nita Baxani 1yr - 1yr 5mo 01/19 - 05/11 Th 09:50 am - 10:30 am $560.00

This family-oriented class encourages toddlers to become actively engaged in making music. Through the use of nursery poems and songs, children explore various musical traditions and styles.

 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Julianne Papadopoulos 1yr 6mo - 2yr 01/17 - 05/09 Tu 10:50 am - 11:30 am $560.00
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Nita Baxani 1yr 6mo - 2yr 01/18 - 05/10 We 10:45 am - 11:25 am $560.00
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Nita Baxani 1yr 6mo - 2yr 01/19 - 05/11 Th 10:45 am - 11:25 am $560.00
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Julianne Papadopoulos 1yr 6mo - 2yr 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 08:30 am - 09:10 am $560.00

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. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Julianne Papadopoulos 2yr - 3yr 01/17 - 05/09 Tu 10:00 am - 10:40 am $560.00
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Nita Baxani 2yr - 3yr 01/18 - 05/10 We 11:40 am - 12:20 pm $560.00
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Nita Baxani 2yr - 3yr 01/19 - 05/11 Th 11:40 am - 12:20 pm $560.00
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Julianne Papadopoulos 2yr - 3yr 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 09:20 am - 10:00 am $560.00
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Julianne Papadopoulos 2yr - 3yr 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 11:00 am - 11:40 am $560.00

Our talented faculty brings nursery rhymes, make-believe stories, and folk tales to life in this class designed for two- and three-year-old children. With the aid of props and small percussion instruments, teachers and students create theatrical experiences through storytelling.

Each week, students experience a musical adventure, with singing, movement, and drama. Oftentimes, the children use small props and percussion instruments to enhance performances.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Francesca Bori 3yr - 3yr 6mo 01/19 - 05/11 Th 01:00 pm - 01:45 pm $595.00
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Francesca Bori 3yr - 3yr 6mo 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 11:00 am - 11:45 am $595.00

Students are treated to games and stories that will trigger their imagination, individual expression, and language skills. They engage in exercises to develop body awareness, concentration, group cooperation, coordination, and balance. Activities utilize rhythmic verbalization, pantomime, dramatic play, and creative movement.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Mary Alonso 3yr - 3yr 6mo 01/19 - 05/11 Th 03:25 pm - 04:10 pm $595.00
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Mary Alonso 3yr - 3yr 6mo 01/20 - 05/12 Fr 03:25 pm - 04:10 pm $595.00
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Francesca Bori 3yr - 3yr 6mo 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 10:00 am - 10:45 am $595.00

Multi-cultural seasonal themes and festivals are the highlight of this class. Songs are chosen to reflect different celebrations around the world.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Mary Alonso 3yr 6mo - 4yr 6mo 01/19 - 05/11 Th 04:15 pm - 05:00 pm $595.00
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Mary Alonso 3yr 6mo - 4yr 6mo 01/20 - 05/12 Fr 04:15 pm - 05:00 pm $595.00

Super Singers begin working on vocal techniques through games, songs, and stories. Our knowledgeable teachers help students produce good tone quality and improve diction as well as correct vocal placement and singing in the proper register. They also introduce basic elements of music, such as tempo, dynamics, rhythm, phrasing, timbre, and style.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Nita Baxani 3yr 6mo - 5yr 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 10:00 am - 10:45 am $595.00
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Jacqueline Paquette 3yr 6mo - 5yr 01/22 - 05/14 Su 10:30 am - 11:30 am $595.00

The class provides musical experiences in the development of motor and ear-training skills, hand-eye coordination, a sense of keyboard geography, finger dexterity, and concentration.  This course offers pre-reading exercises to develop the child’s keyboard sense.  Students must have access to an acoustic piano or keyboard for daily practice. Students will be required to bring their own portable keyboard for use in class. We recommend the following item which can be purchased on Amazon, limited supply will be available at school. Link to purchase roll up keyboard. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Francesca Bori 4yr - 5yr 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 12:00 pm - 12:35 pm $545.00
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Francesca Bori 4yr - 5yr 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 12:40 pm - 01:15 pm $545.00

Rhythm helps give movement purpose. In this class, preschool-age children learn to direct their energy into basic rhythms and rhythmic patterns while also improving listening and motor skills. They’re also shown proper playing techniques for small percussion instruments used in classroom exercises.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Nita Baxani 3yr 6mo - 5yr 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm $595.00
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Jacqueline Paquette 3yr 6mo - 5yr 01/22 - 05/14 Su 11:30 am - 12:15 pm $595.00

Classes are designed to initiate instrument instruction with a concentration on various rhythmic styles and techniques on Orff and percussion instruments. Teachers work with students to improve muscle and hand-eye coordination as well as a growing awareness of rhythmic and melodic patterns. Students even begin rhythmic notation reading. Creativity is promoted through improvisation activities.

Pre-reqs : Rhythm and Movement AND either Super Singers or Sing a Song of Seasons and Celebrations)

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Nita Baxani 4yr - 5yr 6mo 01/21 - 05/13 Sa 01:15 pm - 02:00 pm $595.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Jacqueline Paquette 4yr - 5yr 6mo 01/22 - 05/14 Su 12:45 pm - 01:30 pm $595.00

Classes are designed to initiate instrument instruction with a concentration on various rhythmic styles and techniques on Orff and percussion instruments. Teachers work with students to improve muscle and hand-eye coordination as well as a growing awareness of rhythmic and melodic patterns. Students even begin rhythmic notation reading. Creativity is promoted through improvisation activities.

Pre-requisite: Rhythmic Styles and Tech I

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Jacqueline Paquette 4yr - 5yr 6mo 01/22 - 05/14 Su 01:45 pm - 02:30 pm $595.00

Colburn’s Early Childhood Program

Georgia E. Bell

As an educator with a creative practice, Georgia Bell fosters curiosity and creative thinking in the classroom. She is a teacher, composer, performer, and artist. Bell holds a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Bard College, where she studied composition with Kyle Gann. She went on to do a postgraduate composition apprenticeship with Bunita Marcus and was Artist-in-Residence at California Institute of the Arts in 2019. Bell hosts a quarterly salon for experimental artists and musicians in Los Angeles and regularly performs and presents work throughout the greater L.A. area and beyond. She has been teaching English and exploring the connections between language, music, and art since 2018. Bell currently teaches English to speakers of other languages at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Music Academy.

Yue Qian

Chinese violinist Yue Qian enjoys music-making, strives to express herself through the violin, and believes that music truly brings people together. As a member of the Beijing Contemporary Soloists, a recent CD “Jade” was released under NAXOS China featuring music by prominent contemporary Chinese composers. Qian has performed worldwide with festival appearances at Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Beijing Modern Festival. She is a silver medalist of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and a candidate in the Sendai, Tibor Varga, and Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competitions.  

Qian is also keen on teaching and community engagements. Together with Midori Goto, she has interacted with local communities in Los Angeles, Mexico, and Sri Lanka. A former chamber music faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-College division, she is currently an instructor of the music minor/non-major program at USC Thornton of School of Music.  

Qian began to play the violin at the age of five, and her early music education includes Shanghai Conservatory Middle School with Binyou Zhou and Interlochen Arts Academy with Yuri Namkung. Under the tutelage of Midori Goto, Qian finished her undergraduate study at USC Thornton School of Music as a Starling Fellow, and she received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School with Ronald Copes and Sylvia Rosenberg. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at USC with Bing Wang. 

Sam Grodin

California native Samuel Grodin is enjoying an increasingly busy career as a solo and collaborative pianist. A prizewinner in the Seattle International Piano Competition and the Ibiza International Piano Competition, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. As a pianist who prioritizes creative fearlessness and emotional honesty, he captivates and connects with his audiences. Grodin is known for offering programs of diverse repertoire, ranging from Bach to living composers, that weave together a narrative or theme. 

Grodin has performed at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach, the San Diego Central Library, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the CSULB and Bellflower Symphony Orchestras and in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Rita Sloan, Blanca Uribe, Dominique Weber, Jeffrey Kahane, and Stephen Hough. A champion of new music, he has also performed with the SFCM New Music Ensemble and the Ensemble Parallèle, which in 2010 presented the West Coast premiere of John Rea’s re-orchestration of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck for chamber ensemble.  

Grodin earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he was winner of the Keyboard Department’s award for Outstanding D.M.A. Graduate in Piano. As a graduate teaching assistant at USC, Grodin taught group and applied piano to undergraduate and graduate students and was named Outstanding Keyboard Studies TA. He completed his Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of the Harold W. Scheeline Piano Scholarship. His principal teachers have included Sharon Mann, Nina Scolnik, Lucinda Carver, Alan Smith, and Craig Richey. His chamber music coaches have included Alan Smith, Jennifer Culp, Timothy Bach, Kurt Muroki, Shun-lin Chou, and Craig Richey. He has also spent several summers at international music festivals, studying with Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Antoinette Perry, Marc Durand, and Joseph Kalichstein.  

In addition to his performing career, Grodin is in demand as a teacher and lecturer. He has taught at Los Angeles Pierce College and Fullerton College and is currently a member of the piano faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. He has a particular teaching and academic interest in injury prevention and the biomechanics of piano technique. 

Sheng-Ching Hsu

A native of Taiwan, Sheng-Ching Hsu was six years old when she made her first public appearance as both violinist and pianist at the National Cheng- Kung University, Taiwan. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line, Walt Disney Hall, Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Chile), Remonstrantse Kerk in Alkmaar (The Netherlands), Théâtre de l’Île- Saint-Louis (Paris), and National Recital Hall (Taiwan), among others.  

A firm believer in the power of music, Sheng-Ching created “S-C Sidewalk Performance” where she brought live music to the street corners of West LA during the pandemic. “S-C Sidewalk Performance” brought comfort and hope to many people during the time of isolation, and was featured on KTTV Fox 11 Los Angeles.  

Sheng-Ching plays with Delirium Musicum, Concerts for Hope, New Asia Chamber Music Society, Landmark Quartet, Solisti, as well as Concerts on the Slope, in which many of her performances were featured on WWFM Classical, NY. She is a member of California Symphony, and has served as principal violinist of Orchestra Santa Monica, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Festival Orchestra and Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra. Her other orchestral experiences include Pacific Symphony, Corona Symphony, Tainan City Orchestra and the ChiMei Orchestra. Sheng-Ching has given solo recitals in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, and has performed with Ensemble 212 and Old York Road Symphony as a soloist. Her interest in the impact of music on motion picture led Sheng- Ching to perform in the debut of “BBC Frozen Planet Live,” scored by award-winning composer George Fenton. In addition to her busy performing schedule, she serves on the violin faculty at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.  

When not playing or teaching violin, Sheng-Ching is also a sought-after music arranger. Her latest commissions include the National Anthem for the New York Knicks’ Lunar New Year Game in Madison Square Garden. She arranges a wide variety of music, and has worked with ensembles such as the New Asia Chamber Music Society, the Amphion String Quartet, the Lincoln Center Stage Quintet and the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra. Her arrangements have been performed at Madison Square Garden, New York Fashion Week, Times Square Flash Mob, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  

Sheng-Ching studied in the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she served as the concertmaster of the Pre-College Orchestra, and studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. Sheng-Ching earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mannes School of Music, studying with Aaron Rosand and Christina Khimm. She then graduated from The Juilliard School with a Master’s Degree under the instruction of Catherine Cho. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University, where she studied with Philip Setzer and Arnaud Sussmann. Sheng-Ching’s instruments were generously sponsored by CHIMEI foundation in Taiwan throughout her studies. (www.shengchinghsu.com) 

Julianne Papadopoulos

Julianne Papadopoulos, originally from Ridgefield, Connecticut, received her Bachelors of Arts in both Music and Psychology from Elon University in North Carolina. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to complete her Masters degree in Community Music at the University of Southern California. Throughout her studies and training, she has enjoyed working with individuals of all ages from toddlers to older adults. Her connection to music is strongly based in community and the belief in using music to facilitate a sense of togetherness and inclusion.

Before coming to Colburn, she trained as an early childhood music facilitator with Music Together in New York City, worked a music teaching mentor for the Thornton Community Engagement Program at the University of Southern California, and co-facilitated a music appreciation group for hard-of-hearing adults at the Bionic Ear Lab within the Keck School of Medicine. She has presented research at conferences in the U.S. and internationally, including the International Society for Music Education and the Society for Music Cognition and Perception, and believes in using her research to inform her music teaching philosophy. In addition to her current work at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, she continues to work as a research assistant and music facilitator for the Bionic Ear Lab.

Evan Kuhlmann

Evan Kuhlmann was appointed Contrabassoon of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Gustavo Dudamel in 2018, shortly after completing his twelfth season as Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon of the Oregon Symphony. A native Seattleite, he is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School; where he earned a B.M. in Bassoon Performance with Scholastic Distinction as a student of Frank Morelli, and the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Evan previously studied bassoon with Francine Peterson, Barrick Stees, and Eric Stomberg.

Evan has performed with numerous orchestras internationally including the St. Louis, San Diego, and Seattle Symphonies, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, All-Star Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. As Principal Bassoon of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, he performed numerous premieres, including works of John Adams, Jennifer Higdon, and George Walker. Evan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, and alongside Jethro Tull with the Oregon Symphony. His chamber music appearances include performances at Chamber Music Northwest, the Lincoln Center Festival, and the Ojai Music Festival.

Evan is also a passionate music educator, having served on the faculty of the Azusa Pacific and Portland State University Schools of Music. In addition, he has given masterclasses at schools including the University of Denver, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and the University of Southern California. Evan is fortunate to have worked with students through programs such as Bassoons Without Borders, BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Marrowstone Music Festival, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Seattle Youth Symphony, Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake, and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

Erin Young

Erin Young is a classical guitarist based in Los Angeles. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she studied with Scott Tennant, Brian Head, and Jason Yoshida. Erin has a passion for playing early plucked instruments and has performed with the early music ensemble, Ciaramella, and plays frequently with the Los Angeles based Delirium Musicum ensemble.

Erin is dedicated to her work as an educator. She worked in online music education as Head of Guitar at tonebase.co for over two years where she gained experience in production and curricular design, and has spearheaded the development of curriculum for the international guitar education nonprofit Kithara Project where she currently works as Operations and Program Director. In addition to teaching Suzuki Guitar, she serves as Co-Director of Elemental Guitar for nonprofit Elemental Music, as a Teaching Artist for Lead Guitar within the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as a Counselor for the annual Guitar Foundation of America Teen Academy The Bridge.

Continuing Education for Adults

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At the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, we offer a wide range of learning and performance opportunities for students ages 18 and up. Whether you’re looking to join an adult ensemble, take private lessons, or learn about music fundamentals so that you can support your child’s music education, our program is the place for you!

Group Classes

Adult group classes are semester based, running 6 weeks during the summer, and 16 weeks in the fall from August – December or spring from January – May. 

Adult group classes are semester based running 6 weeks in the summer and 16 weeks during the fall from August – December or spring from January – May. 

This year long course will introduce beginning concepts of music theory:  notation, meter, rhythm, scales, modes, and harmony, while exploring various musical styles and periods of music history.  Dalcroze learning exercises will be taught as an innovative approach to understanding musical concepts through spatial exploration and vocal awareness. 

Dalcroze methods engage students in interactive dynamic learning experiences that can help them develop analytical listening skills and open them up to their own innate musicality. This series of progressive lessons will enable participants to experience Dalcroze methods directly and show how they may apply these methods in their own teaching. Each session will feature a 70-minute session exploration of Dalcroze Rhythmic Solfege and a twenty-minute Q&A session. Designed specifically for music educators regardless of their prior exposure to Dalcroze methods.

Private Lessons

At the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, students of all ages and ability levels can receive one-on-one instruction on any instrument, including voice. Our esteemed faculty share their expertise to help students develop their musicianship, technique, and confidence.

All students interested in private lessons must first submit an inquiry using the form below.

Inquiry Form

You will be contacted by the appropriate department chair within seven days of submitting your inquiry. For 2022-23 private instruction pricing, please see page three in the Schedule of Classes.

Adult Ensembles

Adult group classes are semester based and will be held eight times for 60 minutes each per fall and spring semester, and five times in summer. Actual meeting dates to be arranged with Ms. Lundgren. Please contact klundgren@colburnschool.edu for approval to enroll. 

Colburn’s Adult Jazz Workshops consist of musicians who are proficient on their instruments and have some experience in jazz studies. We will explore the jazz genre through active listening, discussion, and application of specific elements of jazz performance. All group members are encouraged to contribute to exchange of ideas and apply concepts by recording themselves to share with the class. New students welcome, please contact instructor Liz Kinnon for more information at ekinnon@colburnschool.edu