Announcements

Art exhibit in Kupa’a 104

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.

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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about music but were afraid to ask

mus108_72pxMUS108 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

By |April 16th, 2015|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Class|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

UHMC Music Lecturer Receives Two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Nominations!

coverimageUH Maui College music lecturer Joel Katz was honored with two nominations for this year’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. His CD “Adventures in Hawaiian Steel Guitar” made the final ballot in the “Jazz Album of the Year” category, and Joel also appears in the “Engineering” category for the same album. The second is notable as the category is adjudicated by the best engineers in the field, and not left to a vote of the general membership of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts.

We’re proud of Joel’s professional accomplishments and happy that he is here to share his knowledge with our students, both from the performing aspects of making music, and the technical aspects of recording music. I mua, Joel, a loa‘a ka lei o ka lanakila!

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Announcements, Blog||0 Comments

Next Open Mic On April 23 At UHMC Student Lounge

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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 Thursday April 23, 5 – 8 pm, Student Lounge during the April Music Week Celebration being held on campus. 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 and all kinds of talent found in Maui.

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By |April 13th, 2015|Categories: Announcements, Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Maui College Music Week 2015 Schedule

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

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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

Thursday April 23rd Kupa’a 104 (Film premiere in Ka Lama 103)

  • 9 a.m.

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.

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By |February 8th, 2015|Categories: Announcements, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

WI-MUS106 Intro to Music Literature (Western Music)

orchestraAlso known as MUSIC APPRECIATION or THE ART OF 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. […]

MUS180 Basic Theory and Aural Skills

812vKRmlK8LThis 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:

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

ensembleMUS203 is a new course for anyone who can read music and play an instrument. The 1-credit course is repeatable every semester for credit.

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.

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MUS107 Music in World Cultures a.k.a. Music journey around the world

World mapIn 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.

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