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UHMC Institute of Hawaiian Music accepting new students for fall 2016

By Staff | Aug 4, 2016

The Institute of Hawaiian Music’s second class gathers for a group picture.

KAHULUI – Are you interested in learning the craft of Hawaiian music? Need to develop your instrumental, vocal and technical skills, and learn from award-winning recording artists and composers?

You can do all of this and much more in the Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM), which is recruiting new students who will begin in fall 2016.

IHM will conduct private auditions through Aug. 5. Prospective students will be expected to perform for six minutes, introduce themselves and their song(s), sing and play their instruments and carry themselves in a professional manner.

The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music.

The program’s most recent CD release, “Aloha ‘Ia No ‘O Maui,” was honored as the Compilation Album of the Year at the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said IHM Faculty Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy.

“Aspiring musicians are often left to their own devices to locate willing mentors and performance partners, receive personal training, find gigs, gain performance experience, produce a recording and learn the steps necessary to break into the industry. Many don’t reach their true potential because they don’t receive career guidance from experienced, professional musicians.”

IHM offers classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and recording.

Students will be given training on their instruments, voice and harmony. They will be directed in repertoire growth, stage presence and recording techniques.

Students will also complete courses in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art.

Formal university classes are supplemented with direct mentorship sessions led by professional Hawaiian musicians. Visiting mentors have included Keali’i Reichel, Kenneth Makuakane, Mailani Makainai, Keola Beamer, Kainani Kahaunaele, Aaron Sala, Raiatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro, Barry Flanagan, Mark Yamanaka and former IHM director and Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr.

Students who successfully complete the two-year program will receive an Academic Subject Certificate (A.C.S) in Hawaiian Music. Scholarship support is available for students in the program.

E-mail ihm@hawaii.edu or call (808) 984-3570 to receive additional information about the program and to reserve an audition. For more information on the Institute of Hawaiian Music, visit maui.hawaii.edu/ihm.