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Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Music


The ASC in Hawaiian music prepares and encourages students to pursue a professional career in Hawaiian Music performance or studio recording. In this certificate students will specialize in Hawaiian music and will help with perpetuating and preserving this art form. The credits of this certificate align students who have a goal of attending UH West-Oahu to pursue a BA in Humanities with a Studio Musician Concentration.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic elements of music theory and applications in areas such as notation, rhythm, and expression in the Hawaiian context.
  • Demonstrate professional performance practices.
  • Analyze Hawaiian music history, literature, and culture and their applications to modern society.
  • Access the meanings to Hawaiian language songs, and correctly pronounce Hawaiian music lyrics.

Required Courses 25 Credits

Core Credits

16 Credits (All required)

HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I (4)
MUS 108 Fundamentals of Western Music (3)
One of the following:
MUS 121Z ʻUkulele 1 (2)
MUS 121F Slack Key Guitar 1 (2)
MUS 177 Introduction to Hawaiian Music (3)
MUS 211 Hawaiian Ensemble (2) *Needs to be taken twice

Elective Credits

9 Credits

HAW 102 Elementary Hawaiian II (4)
HWST 130 Hula ʻŌlapa: Traditional Hawaiian Dance (3)
HWST 131 Hula ʻŌlapa ʻElua: Traditional Hawaiian Dance II (3)
MUS 114 College Chorus (2)
MUS 121B Voice 1(2)
MUS 122B Voice 2 (2)
MUS 121C Piano 1 (2)
MUS 122C Piano 2 (2)
MUS 221C Piano 3 (2)
MUS 222C Piano 4 (2)
MUS 121D Guitar 1 (2)
MUS 121F Slack Key Guitar 1(2)
MUS 122F Slack Key Guitar 2 (2)
MUS 121Z ʻUkulele 1 (2)
MUS 122Z ʻUkuelele 2 (2)
MUS 166 Popular Music in America (3)
MUS 240 Intro to Digital Music Production (3)
MUS 241 Digital Music Production 2 (3)
MUS 253 Elementary Music in Action (3)
MUS 296 Special Topics in Music (3)