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.
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.
Official Description: Recommended: MUS 108. Teaches basic concepts of music theory, notation, and reading applied to dictation and sight-singing. Introduces reading and sight-singing to students with limited skills in music. Develops listening and writing skills necessary to compose music. 2cr., 1hr. lect./2hr. lect./lab (DA). Prerequisite: Student must own a guitar, ‘ukulele, bass guitar, keyboard, or upright bass in acceptable working condition, and bring instrument to each class. If the instrument requires electronic amplification, student must bring necessary equipment to each class. Enrollment is restricted to those students who auditioned for the A.S.C. in Hawaiian Music program, were accepted, and have received a grade of “C” or better in all prior courses that are required for the A.S.C, or by instructor consent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 October 23, 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. “So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and is not for family.” says Karyn Sarring faculty advisor to the Music Club. “We wanted to showcase all the different talents in our community.” Next open mic will be November 20th which will include a performance by the UH-MC Chorus.
Support the arts and get inspired. Your UHMC student ID card qualifies you for a discounted ticket to any number of concerts and events. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) across from our main campus offers anyone who presents UHMC student card at the MACC box office the special price of $12 + booking fee $3 = $15 for a ticket for specific shows. There are also free events such as the annual Ukelele Festival and Hawaii Youth Symphony tour. Note: We have a special arrangement with Maui Pops Orchestra. They tend to sell out quite early. They offer HALF-PRICE off their $30-$50 seats. You will need to email me no later than two weeks before the show date (in fact, even earlier, if you can) with your name and student ID number so that these will appear on their list at the box office. The following list will be updated as and when necessary. Unless indicated otherwise, the student discount applies. Download the 2-page PDF describing these concerts.