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Music: how to listen and what to listen for

Just as we train our tastebuds to appreciate fine wine, we could use some guidance to listen to music — more fully and deeply than superficially. Don’t you want to know why you like or dislike a song? Why do some pieces touch your heart? What should you be listening for? How can you get more out of attending a live performance?

These are questions that we address in WI-MUS106, MUS107, and piano classes, for all students are required to attend an approved concert and write a review. In effect, we are developing what’s called “music literacy.” The same way that we learned to read and write, we also need to develop our listening.

The late American composer Aaron Copland discusses three ways to listen to music in his book “What to Listen For in Music”: sensuous, expressive, and sheerly musical. Conductor Daniel Barenboim says it’s not easy to listen to music because it is so personal. Percussionist Evelyn Glennie offers yet another perspective in her 30-minute Ted Talk “How to Truly Listen.”

Join us on this musical journey, to explore the world of sound.

Next listening events: Wednesday February 11th, 2015 

WI-MUS106 Intro to Music Literature (Western Music)

This three-credit course is the ONLY music course that is designated “Writing Intensive.” What this means is that writing assignments will make up at least 40% of the course grade. In total, there will be a minimum of 4,000 words or about 16 pages of writing. The WI assignments comprise the essays, concert review, project report, and answers in essay form to questions on the Mid-Term and Final Exam.

By the end of the course, you will have listened to a variety of genres of music from the Middle Ages to the present, and have learned how to appreciate and critique music. You are expected to attend an approved concert and write a short essay about it. […]

MUS180 Basic Theory and Aural Skills

If there is one course at the college that teaches you how to read music from the ground up, this is the one.

You will learn how to read notes, chord symbols, time signature, key signature, and understand what it means to communicate the language of music.

There are no prerequisites for this 2-credit course, which uses the two music theory textbooks of the Berklee College of Music, namely:

In addition to covering the contents of these two books, you will learn the Circle of Fifths, ear training, and identification of chords in songs.

Why take this course? […]

MUS203 Instrumental Ensemble

MUS203 is a new course for anyone who can read music and play an instrument. The 1-credit course is repeatable every semester for credit.

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MUS107 Music in World Cultures a.k.a. Music journey around the world

In MUS107 Music in World Cultures, we go on a trip around the world through music. To prepare for it, we first learn the vocabulary of music, such as pitch, rhythm, texture, timbre (tone color) and musical instruments. We learn to appreciate different cultures through the lens of an ethnomusicologist — someone who studies music as part of people’s way of life. Understanding new listening experiences from the points of view of an ethnomusicologist, a music theorist, and musicologist can challenge and enrich the perspectives you’re used to. […]

Piano Master Class at Veterans Resource Center Open House

Are you curious what it’s like to play the piano?

To play the piano with other pianists?

To learn how to play a new tune?

To get coaching on a piece you’ve been working on?

To see what a piano class is all about?  […]

Student discounts for concerts and events

Support the arts and get inspired.

Your UHMC student ID card qualifies you for a discounted ticket to any number of concerts and events. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) across from our main campus offers anyone who presents UHMC student card at the MACC box office the special price of $12 + booking fee $3 = $15 for a ticket for specific shows.  There are also free events such as the annual Ukelele Festival and Hawaii Youth Symphony tour.

Note: We have a special arrangement with Maui Pops Orchestra. They tend to sell out quite early. They offer HALF-PRICE off their $30-$50 seats. You will need to email me no later than two weeks before the show date (in fact, even earlier, if you can) with your name and student ID number so that these will appear on their list at the box office.

The following list will be updated as and when necessary. Unless indicated otherwise, the student discount applies. Download the 2-page PDF describing these concerts.

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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. […]

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Piano Ensemble Poster Exhibition

Tyler Thompson

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Free Piano Workshops in Kupa’a 104

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed's Design Class, UHMC

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed’s Design Class, UHMC

Did you know that Room 104 in the Kupa’a Building has more pianos than anywhere else on Maui?

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