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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. […]

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

Mr. 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!

Music: how to listen and what to listen for

Eighth Blackbird performs at Castle Theater on Feb 11, 2015

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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WI-MUS106 Intro to Music Literature (Western Music)

Some colleges call this course 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

This 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.

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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.

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

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.

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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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.  […]

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.  […]

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?  […]