What Your Favorite Composer Says About You

what your favorite composer says about you

Who composed your favorite piece? These great composers had more to their personalities than first meets the ear! Their unique passions (other than composing!) are often reflected in their music. Tell us who your Top Artist is, and we’ll tell you what similarities you may share if you enjoy their music. Have fun! If you […]

The Summer Coda

pmi 2021 in review

“You can ask anyone on the street if they love music and nearly 100% of the people who respond will say they like music. You can’t get this kind of response with anything else.” – Conductor Elton Masaki As we wrap up a great summer of music making, we took some time to remember why […]

Tuned Up at the PMI eFestival

2021 PMI eFestival

What is Pacific Music Institute all about? Musicianship and fun, of course! Throughout our week-long summer camp, you’ll adventure into new styles of music, learn to overcome performance anxiety, and master all the tools our faculty of professional musicians use in their career. After a great week of getting to meet and work with some […]

Strum in the Sun

learn ukulele from jake shimabukuro

What does the perfect summer look like? Strumming in the sun, of course! We’re talking about strumming on the ukulele. Did you know…although the ukulele was patented in Hawaii and is often assumed to have been invented in our lovely islands, the instrument is actually of Portuguese origin. It was first introduced to Hawaii in […]

Tropical Trade Winds

pacific music institute hawaii

Here in Hawaii, we love the cool ocean breeze that, combined with our islands’ sunny weather, creates the perfect environment for surfing, beaching, hiking, and of course, practicing music! This summer the tropical trade winds we’re focused on are students like you! Do you play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument? Imagine a summer in […]

Meet the 2021 PMI Faculty!

Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Workshop

Our passionate team of instructors are ready for an awesome summer of music-making. Our talented faculty members are renowned musicians and passionate educators who make our program special for our students. We are proud to introduce you to our 2021 team of faculty members. With our incredible leaders Iggy Jang, Dean Taba, and Jake Shimabukuro […]

Stringing Together Your Future

stringing together your future at pmi 2021

The summer provides an excellent chance to relax and spend time doing things you may not otherwise have time for during the academic year. One of those things is working toward your future. Don’t panic! We’re not telling you to sign-up for summer math classes, or sit at home watching informational YouTube videos. Summer is […]

5 Ways to Conduct the Perfect Summer

Conductor at the beach

No matter which season is your favorite, we all look forward to summer vacation! But do you ever feel like the reality doesn’t live up to your expectations? We spend so much time thinking, “can’t wait until summer is here!” that we forget to plan activities to build a summer that we’ll enjoy. After a […]

What Composition Is Your Life’s Theme Song?

movie theater

Do you ever feel like you’re the main character in a movie? Maybe it’s when you’re staring dramatically out of the window of a bus, or you’re walking down the street as it begins to rain. Either way, we all know music ties everything together so perfectly…especially in movies!  So, if your life really was […]

Can You Guess These December-Born Composers?

December calendar with music notes

  When December rolls around, a lot of us associate this time of the year with the holidays and spending time with our friends and family. But new people are born every single day of the year, which means there are a lot of birthdays in December! These birthdays often get overshadowed by other major […]