Monthly Archives: April 2014

Piano Concert & Workshop May 7, 2014

For those you who missed the full-house blast of Earth Day Jam in which we were joined by two members of the Boom Booms Band from Vancouver, the Chinese erhu player Hong Zhou, the Kihei-based singer songwriter Louise Lambert, and the violinist Wenlu Duffy, you won’t want to miss this!

We look forward to our final workshop and concert this the semester on Wednesday May 7th from 5 to 8 PM. We will begin with solo performances followed by intermission and then group playing.

Students from Anne Ku’s three piano classes will be rehearsing and setting up from 4:15 pm onwards. Feel free to arrive before 5 pm and enjoy the polytonal, polyphonic, and polyrhythmic sounds of the twenty-some pianos.

Feel free to visit the EVENT ON OUR CALENDAR and click on “YES” to add to your Google Calendar.

Note: Last December, our concert of December 18th, 2013 was a full house without prior advertisement.

By |April 27th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Performances|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Piano Ensemble Poster Exhibition

Tyler Thompson

A picture paints a thousand words. How would you assemble images and text to raise awareness of an upcoming event that is free to the public and gives you a taste of what it’s like to play piano and make music with others? What do you need to capture interest, ignite desire, and commit to participating in such an event?

This was the challenge given to the eight students of Harvey Reed’s Art 115 2D Design Project Class, using Adobe Photoshop and photos taken by Reed’s Art 107D Photo Class.

Numerous scientific studies have established universal benefits of learning a musical instrument, specifically the piano for adults. Some of these benefits include improved concentration and attention, stress relief, relaxation, memory enhancement, spatial task performance, linguistic capability, personal growth, enjoyment, aesthetic appreciation, musicianship, and fun.

Compared to other instruments, the piano is relatively easy for an adult to learn the basics quickly. It also has the largest repertoire of any instrument. Nowadays free sheet music for solo piano is readily downloadable from the Internet. Free tutorials on how to play popular songs are widely available on Youtube. This Internet Age of peer-to-peer sharing of music and tutorials has given a shortcut to learning an instrument, without having to start at an early age.

In a group situation, students can also learn from each other. The college format of group piano classes offers the adult learner a supportive social environment with peers to challenge and motivate. A group can provide a wider range of experience, discussion, critical listening, study of historical contexts, and collective decision making.

The traditional way of learning to play the piano is expensive for time-challenged and […]

By |April 19th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Helpful Links|Tags: , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

UH-MC Steel Guitar Students Perform At Maui Steel Guitar Festival

A number of students in our inaugual Elementary Hawaiian Steel Guitar class peformed at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival this past Saturday at the Ka‘ānapali Beach Hotel. Mahalo to their kumu Joel Katz for preparing and accompanying them during the performance. Many in attendance were suprised but delighted to learn that steel guitar is a regular course at Music at UH Maui College, and will be offered again next semester.

We will be offering a combined Elementary and Intermediate steel guitar class in the fall. Please stay tuned for details!

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By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Performances||0 Comments

UHMC Music Week 2014!

Attention music lovers! The community is invited to an exciting weeklong series of free events that includes musical performances, workshops, presentations, and even the opportunity to drop in on the music class of their choice. Beginning Monday, April 21st and continuing through Friday, April 25th, the series is your chance to explore your musical side and learn more about the opportunities to study music at UH Maui College.

MusicWeekPRPic “Our music faculty have vast knowledge and experiences in many musical styles”, said Dr. Keola Donaghy, interim coordinator of music studies at UHMC. “We wanted to share our passion for music with the community, and let everyone know that you can take a class in anything from steel guitar to classical piano. There’s an abundance of musical activities and learning opportunities right here on Maui.”

The series includes: piano workshops with and a piano recital by music lecturer Anne Ku, a piano recital by UHMC students of lecturer Karyn Sarring, a lecture and video presentation by the Vancouver, British Columbia-based group The Boom Booms, Maui-based performers Gilbert Emata and Jimi Canha, a presentation by UH-Mānoa Assistant Professor and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning recording artist Aaron J. Salā, and an Open Mic night on Thursday evening.   All activities are free and open to the public. Students and the Maui community are also invited to attend any music class of their choice for the week of April 21st-April 25th. All are welcome!

Click here for a one-page schedule of open music classes and events for the week, including Earth Day. For a list of music classes being conducted that week, and the days and times the classes meet, please […]

By |April 11th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Helpful Links, Performances||0 Comments

UH Maui College Students to Perform at the 2014 Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

For the first time, UH Maui College has offered a class in Hawaiian Steel Guitar – an important milestone in perpetuating this beautiful Hawaiian instrument and playing technique. Along with instructor and steel guitar performer Joel Katz, we expect to have 12 students representing our program performing  at 11:30 this Saturday April 12, 014 at the Kaanapali Beach hotel for the annual Maui Steel Guitar Festival. Having this many students performing is unprecedented! Joel is a featured solo performer this year, and will be performing at 2:30 on Friday and other times throughout the weekend. We hope that you can attend and enjoy our students’ performance, and that of the many other practitioners that will be at the festival.

UHMC Steel Guitar Students with instructor Joel Katz

By |April 9th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog||0 Comments
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