Are you interested in learning the craft of Hawaiian music? Need to develop your instrumental, vocal or technical skills? Would you like to learn from award-winning recording artists and composers? You can do all of this and much more in the Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM), which is recruiting new students to begin in Fall 2018.
An informational session for prospective students, parents and other interested parties will be held on Friday, March 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Ka‘a‘ike Building, Room 109.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Ka Lama Building, room 105CD. Prospective students will be expected to perform for six minutes; introduce themselves and their song(s); sing and play their instruments; and carry themselves in a professional manner. Reservations are required for the auditions. Private
auditions may be scheduled for those unable to attend the scheduled audition.
The IHM is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music. Formal university classes are supplemented with direct mentorship sessions led by professional Hawaiian musicians. Students selected for the IHM program will receive exclusive opportunities to receive personal training, guidance, and knowledge through these mentor-mentee relationships with performers, composers and other industry professionals. Visiting mentors have included Keali‘i Reichel, Kenneth Makuakāne, Mailani Makainai, Keola Beamer, Kainani Kahaunaele, Aaron Salā, Raiatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro, Barry Flanagan, Mark Yamanaka and former IHM director and Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarist George Kahumoku, Jr.
The staff and students of the IHM have produced three compilation CDs: “Pukana” in 2013; “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui” in 2015; and “Aia I Laila Ka Wai” in 2017. “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui” was selected as “Best Compilation Album” at the 2016 Nā
Hōkū Hanohano Awards and “Aia I Laila Ka Wai” is a contender for this year’s EP (extended play) award. Students graduating this semester are currently preparing their own recording for release later this year.
IHM offers classes in guitar; ukulele; singing; keyboard; composition; music theory; repertoire development; dance; music industry business and marketing; and recording. Students will be given training on their instruments, voice and harmony. They will be directed in repertoire growth, stage presence and recording techniques. Students will also
complete courses in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art.
Students who successfully complete the two-year program will receive an Academic Subject Certificate (A.C.S) in Hawaiian Music. Scholarship support is available for students in the program.
To learn more, contact Dr. Keola Donaghy or call (808) 984-3570. For more information about the Institute of Hawaiian Music, visit www. maui.hawaii.edu/ihm.