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New Certificate in Music Studies Offered At UH Maui College

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UHMC students performing at the 2015 Earth Day celebration. Photo by Harvey Reed.

UHMC students performing at the 2015 Earth Day celebration. File photo by Harvey Reed.

The University of Hawai‘i Maui College has announced the establishment of a new Academic Subject Certificate in Music Studies.

It is the second certificate in music offered by UHMC, following the program’s successful A.S.C. in Hawaiian Music that is offered through the Institute of Hawaiian Music, and will be offered beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.

“Our music faculty serves over 300 students and offers over twenty different courses each semester. Our courses include the study of music literature and theory, world, rock and Hawaiian music. We also offer instruction in piano, guitar, ‘ukulele, steel guitar, voice, and music technology,” said Music Studies Faculty Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy in a department press release.


“Many students have told us that they would like to take more music classes, and this certificate was create to allow them to do so, and they receive an additional academic credential for their efforts. Music courses are not only electives – many fulfill important requirements for students pursuing a variety of certificates and degrees,” he said.

In order to receive the certificate, students must earn a total of 23 credits by successfully completing a minimum of eight classes in the study of music and in musical performance.

There are four required courses – Introduction To Music Literature, Music in World Cultures, Basic Theory and Aural Skills, and Contemporary Performance and Recording.


Students must also complete six credits in musical performance, learning two different instruments or one instrument and voice. Finally, students may select from a variety of music classes to complete the six elective credits. No audition is required to enter the program.

Individuals interested in more information on the program are invited to contact Donaghy by email to [email protected] or call (808) 984-3570.


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