Summer Music Works News

posted 3/28/14 at 1:40pm

Summer Music Works Announces 2014 Program Information!

From June 3 through July 3, 2014, UH West O‘ahu’s Summer Music Works will once again break down the basics of music and help students write and record their next music hit – pop song, rap or instrumental.  Along the way, students will learn about their college options in the UH System, how to be successful in college, and how college can help them be successful in life.

The 2014 Summer Music Works program invites applications from high school juniors and seniors from Nānākuli, Wai’anae, Anuenue, Farrington and Waipahu High Schools.  Selected students will be eligible to earn 3 FREE COLLEGE CREDITS (and high school credit) over 5 WEEKS during Summer 2014.

Applications are due May 13, 2014.  (See below for how to apply.)

Summer Music Works 2014 is supported by a U.S. Dept of Education, Title III grant; the UH Student Diversity and Equity Initiative; Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i Wai‘anae Clubhouse; and the UH West O‘ahu Music Fund. 



Program length:  5 weeks

Program venues:    UH West O‘ahu’s Kapolei campus and The Wai‘anae Clubhouse (recording studio at the Boys and Girls Club Hawai‘i, Wai‘anae)

Session dates:      June 3, 2014 – July 3, 2014

  • First 3 weeks: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-12:45pm (June 3-12)
  • Final 2 weeks: Monday-Thursday,
    9:00am-4:00pm (June 23-26; 30-July 3)
  • Hō’ike on Thursday, July 3 at 7:00pm

UHWO Tuition ($): FREE, but student must be a Boys and Girls Club Hawai‘i member ($1 annual fee)

Equipment:            Bring your own instrument (‘ukulele, guitar, or anything else) and your voice

Grade Level /         Students who are entering grades 11 and 12 in Fall 2014

School Eligibility:  Fall 2014 at Nānākuli, Wai’anae, Anuenue, Farrington or Waipahu high schools

How to Apply:

  1. ENROLL in the Running Start program (Summer Session I 2014 at UHWO) – ask your High School College Counselor to help you;
  2. Ask a teacher, coach or principal who knows your work to write a Letter of Recommendation for you; ask them to email it by 5/13/14 to;
  3. Write a short paragraph sharing why you want to enroll in Summer Music Works and email it to  by 5/13/14.

Deadline to Apply: May 13, 2014

Program Contact: Dr. Jon




posted 4/26/13 at 7:20am

The application deadline has been extended by two weeks in order to accommodate students and college counselors in this busy end-of-semester.


posted 6/26/12 at 8:10pm
Summer Music Works Launches!

A group of 11 lucky young musicians met today for the first of 12 sessions at the BGCH recording studio in Wai‘anae.  Led by Dr. Jon Magnussen, the class worked with language, meter, rhythm and song analysis before breaking for lunch.  Nine of the students hail from Wai‘anae High School and two from Nanakuli.  The talent was evident as the class progressed, promising some very groovy tunes in the near future!


posted 5/16/12 at 3:10pm
Summer Music Works Extends Application Deadline — Wednesday, May 23

We’re extending our deadline to make sure there’s enough time in this busy end-of-semester for students and college counselors to secure the required transcripts  and signatures.  (Many thanks to our very helpful college counselors!)  If you’ve already sent in your application, you should receive a letter of receipt from our UHWO Admissions Office.


posted 4/12/12 at 3:10pm

Summer Music Works Information Session – Wai‘anae High School
Monday, April 16 at 3:00-4:00pm
Wai‘anae High School Band Room
85-251 Farrington Highway  Waianae, HI 96792
(sign in as a visitor at front office, if not enrolled in WHS)

Dr. Jon Magnussen visits Elliot Maker’s music class at Wai‘anae High School to talk about the program.


posted 4/9/12 at 9:05am
Summer Music Works Information Session – Wai‘anae Clubhouse
Monday, April 16 at 4:30-6:30pm
Boys and Girls Club Hawai‘i’s (BGCH) Wai‘anae Clubhouse
85-165 Plantation Rd., Wai‘anae, HI 96792

Curious about Summer Music Works?  Want to know what it’s all about?  Join Dr. Jon Magnussen and Dennis Ortiz-Morales for a question and answer session about the program… and check out the BGCH recording studio, too.  Bring your family and friends!

91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, HI 96707