Are you interested in learning the art and craft of Hawaiian Music from industry professionals? Need to develop your instrumental, vocal, and technical skills, and learn from award winning recording artists and composers? You can do all of this and much more as a student in the Institute of Hawaiian Music, which is accepting new students starting in Fall 2015.

An informational session will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 4PM to 6PM for prospective students, parents and other interested parties at Ka‘a‘ike Building, Room 105 CD.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2013 from 9AM to 5PM at Ka‘a‘ike Building, Room 105 CD. 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, and prospective students may select from the following time slots: 9-11am, noon-2pm, or 2-4pm.

IHM Students, 2013-2015 Cohort

IHM Students, 2013-2015

The Institute of Hawaiian Music’s (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.

“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said IHM Faculty Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy. “Aspiring musicians are often left to their own devices to locate willing mentors and performance partners, receive personal training, find gigs, gain performance experience, produce a recording, and learn the steps necessary to break into the industry. Many don’t reach their true potential because they don’t receive career guidance from experienced, professional musicians.”

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.

Please contact us via email or call (808) 984-3622 to receive additional information about the program and to reserve a spot in audition.

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