IHM LogoThe 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.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how to register or become a part of the Institute of Hawaiian Music.

Certificate Requirements

As it currently constituted, the A.S.C in Hawaiian Music requires the completion of courses that total 38 credits, thought the total number of classes depends on which elective classes that student chooses and how many credits they contain.

  • The ASC has a minimum of 38 credits.
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be taken at University of Hawai’i Maui College.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better for ALL courses applied to the certificate.
  • A GPA of 2.0 or better is required for all courses applied to the certificate.

Required Courses (28 credits)

ECON 190v Economics For The Arts (3 cr.)
HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I (4 cr.)
HAW 102 Elementary Hawaiian II (4 cr.)
HAW 201 Intermediate Hawaiian I (4 cr.)
HWST 176 (cross listed as MUS176) History of Hawaiian Music (3 cr.)
MUS 114H Hawaiian Chorus (2 cr.)
MUS 180 Basic Theory and Aural Skills (2 cr.)
MUS 132 Applied Hawaiian Music (repeated twice) (2 cr.)
MUS 290v Hawaiian Music Capstone (2 cr.)

Elective Courses (must total a minimum of 10 credits)

HAW 104 Hawai‘i – Language Through Hula (3 cr.)
HAW 202 Intermediate Hawaiian II (4 cr.)
HWST 205A (no more than one of three offered aphas) (2 cr.)
MUS 107 World Music Cultures (3 cr.)
MUS 121C Elementary Class Piano I (2 cr.)
MUS 121D Elementary Guitar I (2 cr.)
MUS 121F Elementary Slack Key Guitar (2 cr.)
MUS 121G Elementary Hawaiian Steel Guitar (2 cr.)
MUS 121Z Beginning ‘Ukulele (2 cr.)
MUS 122C Elementary Class Piano II (2 cr.)
MUS 122D Elementary Guitar II (2 cr.)
MUS 123 Beginning Voice Class (2 cr.)
MUS 124 Intermediate Voice Class (2 cr.)
MUS 271 Intro To Music Technology (2 cr.)
MUS 272 Digital Recording Techniques (2 cr.)

• The program director may, at his discretion, allow other classes to be counted as electives.