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New Songwriting Program for West Oahu High Schools
New Songwriting Program for West Oahu High Schools

Information courtesy: UH West Oahu




PEARL CITY – This summer, UH West O‘ahu will offer its first-ever Summer Music Works song-writing program for high school students in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i’s Wai‘anae Clubhouse. Summer Music Works will break down the basics of music and help students write and record their next music hit – pop song, rap or instrumental.


The program is open to Nanakuli and Wai‘anae High School students entering 11th or 12th grade this fall. All participants will earn three college credits as well as high school credits for the four-week program happening June 26 – July 21. Tuition is free with a one dollar annual membership fee donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i. As part of Summer Music Works, students will also learn about higher education programs at the University of Hawai‘i System and how to be successful college students. Summer Music Works is spearheaded by UH West O‘ahu Associate Music Specialist Dr. Jon Magnussen.


“This is a great opportunity for musically-inclined Leeward Coast students to get a preview of college while they're still in high school. And tuition is free, thanks to our partners at Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i’s Wai‘anae Clubhouse,” said Magnussen. “Because music shares strong connections with mathematics and language, it can be a powerful tool to help reinforce those life skills. We hope Summer Music Works increases student access to a high school diploma and college success.”


Summer Music Works aims to improve the quality of life of our citizens by providing an awareness of skills helpful for success in college and in life, supporting the growth of new musical talent at the pre-college level through music creation, and providing an awareness of potential career paths in music.


Interested students should contact their Nanakuli or Wai‘anae High School college counselor to enroll in UH West O‘ahu’s Summer Music Works through the Running Start Program. No audition or portfolio required. For specific program information and how to apply, visit http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/musicworks

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