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Students experience music as an integral part of human expression through instruction that inspires participation, independence, and life-long love and learning of music. In studio lessons, professional music teachers share music knowledge, skills, and attitudes that lead to musical achievement, which are transferable to other aspects of life.

Program Dates for 2019 – 2020  
Fall semester 8/19/19 – 12/18/19*
Spring semester 1/13/20 – 5/16/20*

* Schedule depends on type of lesson

Private Lessons

Individual music instruction is offered in 30-, 45- or 60-minute appointments for 16 weeks each semester. Instruction is available for a wide variety of instruments, subject to availability.

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.

Group Classes

Group instruction is also available for students to develop their musical technique in a class of similar age and/or ability.

Classes are scheduled after school or on Saturdays, depending on the availability of the teacher and the students in the class.

Days, Times and Fees

Meeting days and times will vary depending on the type of lesson. See the course catalog or registration application for specific times and fees.

Escorting K – Grade 3

Parents enrolling K – grade 3 students should review the information about escorting.

Attendance Policy

The policy for private lessons allows a maximum of two make-up lessons per semester for absences due to the student's illness or approved academically-related school activities. In case of illness, contact the Music School by 9 a.m. on the morning of the lesson at the latest. For planned school activities, advise the Music School at least one day prior to the lesson. Extended absences due to illness or injuries will be arranged between teacher, parent and director on a case-by-case basis. There are no make-up lessons for group lessons or classes.

Helen Chao-Casano

Wendy Shimamoto

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Co-Curricular Programs Office
Bishop Hall
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The admission of any student in the School's after school programs is at the sole and absolute discretion of Punahou School in accordance with applicable laws. Admission criteria may be modified from time to time without notice by the School. Furthermore, students with past due billing accounts may not be eligible to enroll in these programs until their accounts are brought current. All payments made to the School will be allocated first towards unpaid Punahou tuition.