Music Studies @ UH Maui College

Pianist Sam Rotman To Peform at UHMC on Feb 25, 2015

Pianist Sam RotmanMr. Rotman is a renowned international concert pianist who has performed over 2600 concerts in 60 countries.  He presently performs approximately 110 concerts in 10 countries each year. In the 2014-2015 Season, Mr. Rotman will perform throughout the United States, including Hawaii, as well as France, Croatia, Serbia, Brazil and Chile.

Mr. Rotman will be performing from 9:15 am – 11: 15 am on Wednesday February 25th for piano classes at UHMC, Kūpa‘a Building in room 104. Come and enjoy!

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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. […]

Next UH-MC Open Mic On Thursday, November 20, 2014

Love to sing, play an instrument, slam poetry, do magic tricks, stand-up comedy, karaoke, act, dance – hula? Come perform (or just watch) at The Music Club of University of Hawaii – Maui College Open Mic on Thursday Nov 20, 6 – 9 pm at the Student Lounge. UHMC students, staff and faculty invited along with the whole community of Maui. All talents, All ages. Free admission and free food. This is a family event with food and all kinds of talent found in Maui. The UH-MC chorus and Nā Leo Literary Arts Club will also perform.  […]

By |November 16th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Spring 2015 Music Classes!

UH-MC is now registering students for the Spring 2015. Early registration runs through December 12, 2014. Please see the graphic below for a list of music classes that are available. You can also visit the UH-MC course website. Classes are filling fast, so please don’t delay? If you have any questions regarding classes please contact Music Studies faculty coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy for more information. See the attached graphic for more information.  […]

By |November 13th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

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?  […]

UHMC Music Club To Host Next Monthly Open Mic On Thursday, October 23 For The Community Of Maui

Love to sing, play an instrument, slam poetry, do magic tricks, stand-up comedy, karaoke, act, dance – hula? Come perform (or just watch) at The Music Club of University of Hawaii – Maui College Open Mic on Thursday October 23, 6 – 9 pm at the Student Lounge. UHMC students, staff and faculty invited along with the whole community of Maui. All talents, All ages. Free admission and free food. This is a family event with food and all kinds of talent found in Maui.

“So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and is not for family.” says Karyn Sarring faculty advisor to the Music Club. “We wanted to showcase all the different talents in our community.”

Next open mic will be November 20th which will include a performance by the UH-MC Chorus.  […]

By |October 20th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Performances|Tags: |0 Comments