A Musical Finale: Our Pacific Music Institute Summer Showcase

Our Pacific Music Institute 2023 concerts were the perfect finale to a week full of music! Our students worked hard throughout a week-long intensive, some learning to play a new instrument for the first time, and others honing their skills. On the last weekend of PMI, we were treated to performances from both small groups […]

The 3-2-1 of PMI 2023

The Pacific Music Institute team works hard all year to put together the perfect summer music intensive for keiki near and far. It’s a labor of love that culminates in a week-long, music-filled camp for students in middle and high school. PMI 2023 came and went in a flash, and we hope you had as […]

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Musicians: Our Partnership with NOI+F

Since 2019, we have been grateful to partner with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F). Together, we created the Orchestral Learning Alliance, nicknamed OLA in part due to the Hawaiian meaning of ola: life.. “Playing together in an orchestra fosters lifelong skills, habits of mind, and intelligence,” says HYS President Randy Wong.  “We love […]

Program Spotlight: ‘Ukulele Workshop

'Ukulele Workshop

The ‘ukulele is rooted in Hawai‘i’s culture and history as far back as1879, thought to be brought by Portuguese settlers. Since then, the instrument has become synonymous with island music and has even gained traction in more mainstream music. If you’re looking to improve your ‘ukulele skills, or pick it up for the first time, […]

5 Ways to Make Learning Fun This Summer

5 Ways to Make Learning Fun This Summer

Summer is the perfect time for our keiki to relax and have fun, but it can also be a great opportunity for them to learn something new! From exploring the outdoors to experiencing activities with new friends, there are lots of ways to make learning fun and engaging for your keiki this summer. Here are […]

PMI 2023 Program Directors Share What Makes Their Programs Special

Our 2023 summer music intensive is looking to be the best yet, largely due to our amazing program directors and the efforts they put into making PMI a fantastic learning environment for students! Wind Ensemble Dr. Adam Kehl conducts several ensembles at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and serves as the Associate Director of […]

Why You Should Continue Studying Music This Summer

Reasons why I should continue summer music studies

There are so many things you can do in the summer…summer school, a summer job, even absolutely nothing! Naturally, we advocate for a summer full of music! And we’ve got a whole list of reasons why… Keep up Your Momentum You’ve spent the entire school year learning new songs and skills on your instrument. The […]

The String Experience

The String Experience at PMI 2023

When Pacific Music Institute launched in 1987, string players had the opportunity to play in a single symphony made up of local students. 36 years later, as our 2023 program approaches, we’re excited to present our string players with the broadest learning experience yet. Are you getting excited for PMI 2023?  PMI 1987 Students in […]

Jazz It Up: Can You Ace This True or False Jazz Trivia?

Jazz It Up

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis once said: “Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It’s conversation. The emotion is given to you by musicians as they make split-second decisions to fulfill what they feel the moment requires.” Pacific Music Institute’s Jazz Intensive takes this to heart. Jazz students can participate in an […]

Mele Mash-Up: Can you complete the lyrics of these songs from Hawai‘i?

Can you complete these lyrics?

Pacific Music Institute connects students from many places and backgrounds who share a love of music and drive for excellence. Besides this passion for music education, our program is also loved for its setting: Hawai‘i! While you’re honing your craft, it never hurts to be surrounded by beautiful weather, scenery, and, of course, the aloha […]