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 [...]
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.