The Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) offers an Academic Subject Certificate (A.S.C) in Hawaiian Music. This two-year certificate includes classes in Hawaiian music, language, and culture, music theory and technology, as well as an applied music class where students work directly with Hawaiian music artists and other industry professionals.

Entrance Requirements

Students wishing to enter the IHM program must first apply and be accepted as students at UH-Maui College. Students should also complete the federal FAFSA form to determine their eligibility for financial aid. While students are not required to do this, they must if they wish to apply for IHM scholarship funds. Finally, students must pass an audition demonstrating the ability to play and sing at least a couple of Hawaiian or Hawai‘i-themed songs.

Next Auditions: Spring 2015

IHM Students With George Kahumoku at Beach Bums in Ma‘alaea, for our annual fundraiser

IHM Students With George Kahumoku at Beach Bums in Ma‘alaea, for our annual fundraiser

We are not accepting new students into the program at this time, but are focusing on our current students who will complete their studies in Spring 2015.

However, for those interested in applying and auditioning for IHM in the future, you could begin to take classes that count toward the certificate, such as Hawaiian language, the History of Hawaiian Music, or any number of instrumental or vocal performances classes. If you don’t yet play an instrument or sing, now would be a great time to take some classes and prepare for next spring’s auditions. If you have any questions or wish to be notified when we will be auditioning new students in Spring 2015, please contact us.