Yearly Archives: 2013


Sign Up For Music Classes For Fall Semester, Soon!

We are looking for students interested in our music course offerings this semester. We offer a variety of instrumental and vocal performance classes, world and popular music, music theory, music recording and technology classes. Course descriptions are available here, and a full list of classes that are being offered in the fall is shown here. If you are interested or have questions please contact Classes with low enrollments could be cut before the busy registration week that starts Aug 19. Don't risk on losing out by waiting!

IHM Still Accepting Students For Fall 2013 Semester

The staff and students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music's first cohort. Spring 2013. Photo courtesy John Henry. Interested in learning the craft of Hawaiian Music from industry professionals? The Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) at UH-Maui College is accepting new students for the Fall 2013 semester. Prospective students will be expected to perform a Hawaiian song or a short medley of songs for six minutes, introduce themselves and their song(s), sing and play their instruments, and carry themselves in a professional manner. Program staff and instructors will conduct interviews and private auditions for interested individuals until August 16, 2013. IHM has already accepted 15 students, and can accommodate another 8-10 students. Scholarship support is available. 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. Some of these mentors and instructors will be the judges for the auditions. “Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said IHM Program 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 will offer classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and

Dear Classical Music Aficionados

Here on Maui, live classical music performances are rare occasions. I invite you to join me tonight for classical guitar and Sat 10 Aug for chamber music. Both events are free. Arrive early to grab a good seat. Tonight 31 July 2013 Makena 7 pm Classical guitar concert at the Keawala'i Church at 5300 Makena Road in Makena. It will feature solo and ensemble performances by members of Benjamin Verdery's Maui masterclass. Solo music will include selections by Piazzolla, Dowland, Villa-Lobos, and others. Duets will feature music of Granados and Sergio Assad. The full ensemble of 19 guitarists will perform music by Verdery, Frederic Hand, and Hawaiian guitarist Ian O'Sullivan, with each composer conducting their own piece. Admission is free. More info: Ben Verdery Guitar Class on Maui Keawala'i Church Sat 10 August 2013 @7:30 pm Makawao, Seabury Hall [pre-concert talk @ 6:30 pm) String quartet Seabury Hall A'ali'ikuhunoa Creative Arts Center at 480 Olinda Road, Makawao Ebb & Flow Arts present CHAMBER MUSIC FROM SAN FRANCISCO. Leading musicians from San Francisco Symphony - Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, violins, David Kim, viola, and Sebastien Gingras ‘cello - perform string quartets from the 20th & 21st centuries. More info: Ebb & Flow Arts Hope to see you there! Cheers, Anne Ku Instructor, UHMC Piano Classes, Fall 2013

IHM’s “Pukana” Available on Maui and on

“Pukana”, the compilation CD release of the Institute of Hawaiian Music’s inaugural cohort, is now available at Hā Wahine and Request Music on Main St. in Wailuku, and on the web at Proceeds from sales of this CD go to the IHM’s scholarship fund. Please support IHM and its important work in educating students and preparing them for careers in Hawaiian music!

Guitar II and Digital Recording Techniques Classes In Fall

UH-MC Music lecturer Joel Katz will be teaching Guitar Level 2 MUS 122D and Digital Recording Techniques MUS 272 this fall. The guitar class is for people that can play a few bar chords and are familiar with basic major, minor and seventh chords. You should be able to play a few songs with a musical sounding strum. The class is scheduled to meet from 10:30 to 11:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s a great value if you can make the commitment and you will really improve your playing. The recording class will be based around students doing their own projects. People with either some musical background or recording experience will work with me at the college studio or my own personal Seaside Recording studio in Waiehu. The recording class will meet Friday mornings from 9 to 11:45. Other times may be scheduled as well. Both of these classes require Joel's permission to get into unless you have taken prerequisite courses. Please call or email him if you are interested and he can help you to enroll. Joel Katz MS Ed 808-280-0722 or email for more information.

The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival Workshops 2013

The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival Workshops for 2013 will be held next Friday May 24th at the Ala Moana Hotel. Pricing: $25 All Day Pass, $10 Single Workshop, Fees waived for HARA Members and Students (pre-registration required). There will be two tracks, the first featuring panels on radio airplay in Hawai‘i, music education, promotion, and two different haku mele panels. The second track is performance focused and features panels on the contemporary music scene, and ‘ukulele and slack key performance. Music faculty member Keola Donaghy be a member of the music education and haku mele panels.

Interested in World Music?

Looking for a class that fulfills the Global Perspective requirement for your Liberal Arts or Hawaiian Studies AA? Still need a Humanities credit? MUS 107 may be just what you're looking for! MUS 107 is being offered this Summer on MW from 12PM to 4:45PM, June 3-July 5 Here's some course info: MUS107 Music in World Cultures. Studying cultures from around the world and their Music including folk, art, classical and even popular music of today (hip hop etc.) includes major regions of the world including Asia and the Pacific. Develops a knowledge of representative styles and regional characteristics and world music. (Click for larger image)


Aloha kākou. We are putting together a new site for the music classes and faculty at UH-Maui College. We've been flying under the radar for too long, it's time that we take over the island with music! Please stay tuned for developments.