Punahou’s nationally recognized music program runs from kindergarten through the Academy. Tens of thousands of students have participated in music education at Punahou through both the Music Department curriculum and Music School, which provides private and group instruction to both Punahou students and those in the community. Although these two entities are distinctive, they work in collaboration to guide the overall music education.
From kindergarten through fourth grade, Punahou students take part in a comprehensive general music curriculum, as well as Chapel, May Day celebrations and other events. Starting in fifth grade, students select a music direction – either band, orchestra, choir or general music. They continue on this path (or can choose another musical route) through eighth grade, with opportunities to participate in musical theatre productions and other co-curricular offerings. In the Academy, music becomes an elective, yet the offerings expand considerably.