Piano Ensemble Poster Exhibition

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 budget-conscious adults. Private, individual lessons on [...]

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!

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.

 “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 visit the official schedule of UH-MC music classes.

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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.

Free Piano Workshops in Kupa’a 104

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed’s Design Class, UHMCDid you know that Room 104 in the Kupa’a Building has more pianos than anywhere else on Maui?

It’s the ideal place to learn to play piano in a group setting. It’s social, dynamic, and fun! That’s why musicians join rock bands, chamber ensembles, or orchestras.

Experience what it’s like to play the piano in a FREE one-hour workshop. Here’s what we learned in the last two workshops:

December 18, 2013: we played two pieces to official videos (John Lennon’s Imagine and Pachelbel Canon to Vitamin C’s Graduation Song)

March 21st, 2013: five piano students assisted eight members of the Inspired Teaching Committee (faculty and staff) to play all 88 keys on the piano

the chromatic scale using just three fingers
block and broken triads by crossing hands over each other
pentatonic improvisation to create a massive sound field
introduction to Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling

Next two workshops:

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 from 2 to 3 PM celebrate Earth Day Jam — learn to play Iz’s “Over the Rainbow” and other finger ballet. After the workshop, there’s a break with snacks. You can stay and listen to live performances of current piano students as they prepare for their final recital.
Wednesday May 7th, 2014  piano concert from 5 to 6:30 pm.  Piano ensemble workshop from 7 to 8 pm, with ensemble performances.

Participating in these workshops will give you an idea what it’s like to play the piano. And then you can decide to register for additional workshops and courses later.

Noncredit courses – 3 x 2 hour evening workshops through Edventure August 19, 20, 21, 2014
For credit courses – 16 weeks x 2 credits Fall 2014 offered M&W 9-10:15 AM; M&W [...]

Bruno Mars Scholarships For Grammy Camp

Hawai‘i’s own Bruno Mars has teamed up with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to offer five scholarships for high school students to Grammy Camp! “The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that five students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp through the support of the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund was established through a grant from the Hawai’i Community Foundation at the recommendation of Bruno Mars. The fund will cover the tuition of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years with preference given to students from Hawai‘i.”

In order to be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and a financial assistance form at http://www.grammyintheschools.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May.

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Spring 2014 UH-MC Open Mic Nights

UH-MC Open Mic Nights are back in the Student lounge. The first will be February 27, 2014 From 5 to 8 PM . All talent are welcome, Sing, Skits, Dance, Drama, Slam Poet, Hula, Hawaiian Music, Stand Up Comedy, whatever talent you wish to show is welcome!  Free admission for UH-MC students with ID, $2 donation for the general public. Free food!

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How To Write A Killer Artist Bio

The Disc Makers Echoes blog posts outstanding features that are geared for independent artists, but really, any recording artist could benefit from this column on writing a great artist bio. Follow the advice here and you may just find it easier to get your music  heard by music writers and website visitors.

 

 

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Joel Katz’ Classes For Spring 2014

Joel Katz is one of our talented and versatile lecturers in music at UH-MC. He teaches a variety of classes in instrumental performance and music technology next semester. New for Spring 2014: Hawaiian Steel Guitar! Here are the classes, including the day of week and time.

Beginning Guitar MUS 121 D TR 9:00-10:15a
Intermediate Guitar MUS 122D TR 10:30-11:45a
Beginning ‘Ukulele MUS 121Z MW 9:00-10:15a
Intro to music technology MUS 271 MW 10:30-11:45a
Digital Recording Techniques MUS 272 F 9:00-11:45a
Hawaiian Steel Guitar MUS 190v S 9:00-11:45a

Please contact Joel directly if you are interested in any. All are two credit classes.

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HWST/MUS176 History of Hawaiian Music

One of the new music offerings at UH-MC is “History of Hawaiian Music”, taught by Dr. Keola Donaghy. He taught a similar class at UH-Hilo for eight years, and is now offering the class online through the UH system’s Laulima courseware system.

While the class does have two prerequisite courses listed, Keola will happily waive them for you. Simply email donaghy(at)hawaii(dot)edu with your name and UH ID number, and he will issue you a permit to register for the class.

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