Music School

Punahou Music School offers students experience in music through instruction that inspires participation, independence, and life-long love and learning of music. The Music School faculty shares knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to musical achievement, which are transferable to other aspects of life.

Punahou Music School provides specialized music instruction for Punahou students, as well as students from the community. We offer private and group lessons for all ages, from preschool to adults.

Through active partnerships with local universities and music organizations, Punahou Music School shares educational leadership, resources and opportunities that help to enrich the local music community for students, parents and teachers.

Instrument and Voice (Private Instruction)

Individual music instruction is offered in 30-, 45- or 60-minute appointments for 16 weeks each semester. Private lessons may be scheduled after school, during lunch, study hall, scheduled breaks or on Saturdays, depending on the teacher's schedule and the student's grade level and availability. Studio assignments for new students will be determined by the director. Lesson appointments for all students will be scheduled directly by the assigned instructor.

  • Baritone/Euphonia/Tuba
  • Bass/Electric Bass
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Music Theory/Composition
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Shakuhachi
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • Violin (Traditional and Suzuki)
  • Voice

Instrument and Voice (Group Classes)

Group instruction is available for beginning piano, Suzuki violin, as well as voice. Additional group classes in music theory/composition and chamber music ensembles are designed to supplement students' private lessons.

Chamber Music Program

The Chamber Music Program is an extension of the Music School and Music Department orchestra program. Students, who are selected by audition, have the opportunity to participate in a chamber music group and work with professional musician coaches. The coaching faculty are active chamber music players, many of whom are also members of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

The program is supported through the generosity, vision and enthusiasm of private donors. Scholarships and endowments fund weekly coaching sessions, as well as performance workshops, master classes and guest artist visits.

The Chamber Music Program collaborates with local music organizations, including the Honolulu Chamber Music Series. In the past, the students have worked with the Tokyo String Quartet, Takacs Quartet, Zemlinksy Quartet and Richard Young, the violist of the Vermeer Quartet.

The student ensembles present performances each semester and perform in various venues on campus and in community outreach performances.

Suzuki Violin Program

Founded in 1990, the Suzuki Violin Program at Punahou Music School is based on the educational philosophy and mother tongue approach of the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The Suzuki approach is ideally suited for beginning violin students, ages three to seven, and provides a rich musical environment for continuing violin students as they progress through all levels of development.

Parents who are interested in enrolling their children in the program are required to attend an orientation meeting and to enroll in a parents’ class. The Suzuki method requires considerable family commitment, parent participation, active involvement in weekly lessons, and attentive supervision of home practice.

Beginning Suzuki Violin Program students are placed in age appropriate group, partner, or individual lessons with a Suzuki instructor. During each month of the academic year, Suzuki students receive three lessons and a set of group classes.The monthly group classes include a small group violin class, a Music Mind Games class, and a large multi-level group class. Each year, a special Suzuki Violin Program recital series is included as one of the monthly group class weeks.Optional community performances, and special workshops with visiting guest teachers are also offered through the year.

Group classes are a unique and vital component of Punahou Music School’s Suzuki Violin Program. They offers a highly motivating learning environment, where students can learn by observing older students, collaborate, socialize, and play together with their peers. The monthly group classes replace the private lesson appointment for one week each month. There are no make-up lessons offered to students who miss group classes or partner lessons.

Families enrolled in the Suzuki Violin Program are highly encouraged to join Suzuki Talent Education of Hawaii, a non-profit organization of parents, families, violin students and teachers dedicated and committed to promoting the educational philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

As there is limited space available in the Suzuki Violin Program, interested parents should contact the Music School at 944-5829 or for more information and request to be placed on the prospective new student list. For additional program resources, please visit the Suzuki Talent Education of Hawaii website.



School Year Registration

Music School classes are offered in semesters (fall or spring). Specific course information and registration is available through After School Programs.

Courses and Registration

Summer Registration

Music School offers five-week courses, beginning in June. Specific course information and registration is available through Summer School.

Courses and Registration


Music School Office
Montague Hall
Hours: M – F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.