Of the three university music programs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church Education System, the BYUH Music Program stands out because of its high ratio of full-time faculty to students (12:1), its large population of international students, and a family-like atmosphere where students are mentored personally by the fulltime faculty from the beginning stages of study.
Our diverse student body allows advanced musicians to learn side-by-side with peers who may have only had limited opportunity for formal instruction, and the spirit of music is enriched by the close camaraderie that transcends individual cultures and ability levels. So whether you are a non-major or music minor looking for a life-enriching experience by participating in an international tour, or an aspiring professional hoping to win the concerto competition, we invite you to add your talents and energy to the department.
The BYU–Hawaii Music Program includes a minor in music and a major in music with multiple emphases that ultimately result in a bachelor's degree in music. Emphasis includes instrumental performance, piano performance, vocal performance, and world music studies. The Music Program provides instruction in composition, instrumental music (including brass, percussion, woodwinds, piano, and strings), and vocal performance.
The study of music at Brigham Young University–Hawaii involves two components: practical performance (both solo and ensemble) and academic studies (theory and history). Therefore, academic coursework and practical performance are seen as interlocking and vital to the developing musician. Through rigorous training, students are equipped to perform artistically, to teach effectively, and to provide music leadership in the Church and in the community. In addition to the Western tradition in music, students also learn cultural sensitivity through contact with diverse world music cultures. The Music Program provides service to the University by creating a rich artistic environment of concerts, recitals, and music for devotionals, graduations, convocations, and other campus events.