On Friday April 17th, 2015, Kupa’a 104 was transformed into an art gallery. As UHMC’s main music classroom, Kupa’a 104 serves the dual purpose of piano lab and class instruction. It’s a space where pianists spend most of their time practising and for that reason, anything to inspire them to play and stay is worthwhile.
MUS108 Fundamentals of Western Music is a 3-credit course for anyone who wants to learn about music from the ground up. There’s no pre-requisite. It’s a great companion to an instrumental course such as piano because you will learn the why of music: notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, basic theory, and lead sheets.
It will be offered for the first time in Fall 2015 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in Kupa’a 104
Saturday April 18 to April 25, 2015
Once again, we invite you to UH Maui College to celebrate a week of music around Earth Day. All events and classes are free and open to the public. Please revisit for updated links.
FREE CLASSES AND EVENTS IN UHMC Kupa’a 104, Ka’a’ike 111, Ka Lama 103, and the Learning Center
Art exhibit in Kupa’a 104 from Maui Open Studios Feb 22, 2015 art and music improvisation event.
Monday April 20th Kupa’a 104
- 9 a.m. Piano Workshop – Anne Ku
- 10:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Piano, Beginning Voice and Intermediate Voice classes – Guest artists: Jimi Canha and Gilbert Emata
- 6 p.m. Music in World Cultures
Tuesday April 21st Kupa’a 104
- 9 a.m. WI-MUS106 Lecture: Romantic opera and music drama
- 10:30 a.m. History of Rock-n-Roll – What’s With Music Today?
- Noon: Music in World Cultures
- 1:30 p.m. Music in World Cultures: Art songs of Latin America – guest Anne Shapiro
- 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Art and Business of Music: panel discussion on evolving business models in the music industry and short presentations of combined artistic visions and business plans under development by students in the class
Wednesday April 22nd EARTH DAY** Kupa’a 104
- 9 a.m. Earth Day Jam (piano, ukulele, other instruments)
- 10:30 a.m. Piano Recital
- Noon Beginning Voice Class
- 1:30 p.m. Intermediate Voice Class
- 3 p.m. Piano Masterclass at The Learning Center (TLC) (note location)
- 6 p.m.Earth Day Jam
Thursday April 23rd Kupa’a 104 (Film premiere in Ka Lama 103)
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.
Learn how music has evolved from the Gregorian chants sung by monks to recorded music for demanding and fickle audiences today.
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’ll be able to speak knowledgeably and intelligently about music with the new vocabulary and insight gained. […]
This 2-credit course is intended for those with some music background and experience. It will focus on theory, circle of fifths, rhythm, and harmony — the building blocks for composition and arranging.
Like the new 3-credit MUS108 Fundamentals of Western Music, there’s no pre-requisite.
You will learn how to read notes, chord symbols, time signature, key signature, and understand what it means to communicate the language of music.
We use the two music theory textbooks of the Berklee College of Music, namely:
- Berklee Music Theory Book 1 (Book/CD) 2nd Edition by Paul Schmeling (Mar 1, 2011)
- Berklee Music Theory Book 2 (Book/CD) 2nd Edition by Paul Schmeling (May 1, 2011)
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? […]
Once a week, we meet in Kupa’a 104 for two hours of sight-reading, improvising, and discussing what and where we’re going to perform next.
Read about the first performance on February 22nd in Heona Building on the last day of 2015 Maui Open Studios.
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.
How this course in Fall 2014 was taught via Cable TV was presented at the 20th TCC conference at UH Manoa in March 2015. See PDF.
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? […]
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.