Announcements

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!

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.

For more information email donaghy@hawaii.edu or call (808) 984-3570.

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 [...]

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!

By |February 13th, 2014|Announcements|0 Comments|

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.

By |November 26th, 2013|Announcements, Blog|0 Comments|

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.

By |November 13th, 2013|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off|

Join The UH-MC Music Club!

By |October 21st, 2013|Announcements, Blog|Comments Off|

Discounted Tickets for UHMC Students For Selected Events This Fall At MACC

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center has offered discouted prices to UH-Maui students for the Fall 2013 semester. The price for tickets is $15 ($12 special ticket price plus $3 facility fee= $15 total)
. The UH-MC special offer is for students only – not faculty – and only for these select shows.


Students MUST show their current, validated UH-MC ID at the Box Office.



By |September 14th, 2013|Announcements, Blog, Performances|Comments Off|

Fall Semester Start Next Week; Still Room In Some Classes

The fall 2013 semester starts at UH-Maui College next week, as it does all University of Hawai‘i classes. We still have room in some of our music classes-please check them out and contact the instructor if you have any questions! We’re looking forward to a fabulous semester, and hope you might join us.

By |August 21st, 2013|Announcements, Blog|0 Comments|