Students raising the flag at school
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Front of school
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Performing Arts - Music


Elementary Music

In Elementary, students receive special instruction in music twice a week. The Music program covers ear training, creative movement, noteboard reading, rhythm, singing, cultural music and dramatic role play. Learning songs and dances and performing for Na Kupuna Day, Multicultural Program, and May Day are also a part of the music program.

In addition, the Elementary school has an Ukulele Club open to all students. The Ukulele Club performs weekly at the Monday Morning Assemblies, Friday Aloha Assemblies, as well as during special performances throughout the year.

Our music program allows our students to showcase their musical talents in singing, ukulele, recorder and Orff instruments. All the musical skills that they have achieved throughout their Elementary years come together and allow the students to shine.

IPA Ukulele Club playing at La Kupuna
Close up of fingers on ukulele frets

Middle School Music

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY's strong music program aims to put an instrument in every student's hands, with no prior experience necessary. The program opens students' ears to music, its many genres, nuances and methods of creation, and gives them a lifelong gift of appreciation.

Students are offered a wealth of diverse opportunities to explore the kinesthetic, creative, collaborative, and just-plain-fun aspects of making music, mastering a musical instrument, collaborating with other students in a performance group, writing or arranging music for a vocal/ instrumental ensemble, or studying the development of Western music.


Upper School Music

Beginning Instrumental Ensemble

The beginning instrumental ensemble is an entry-level ensemble that teaches the fundamentals of instrumental music and basic performance techniques. Students will continue their music education by focusing on Music Theory, History, Ethnomusicology, Expression/Timbre, Composition, and Performance. Students who excel or are awarded leadership roles within our band will be recognized as members of our Advanced Orchestra & Band.

Advanced Orchestra & Band

The Advanced Orchestra & Band is an advanced ensemble including students from the ninth grade through the twelfth grade. Advanced Orchestra & Band introduces elevated techniques and literature as students continue to mature at performing on their instruments. Each level performs no less than three major concerts per year for the school community and may also participate in local or state festivals or contests.

Orchestra student practicing violin


Student artwork on display


Our club focuses on personal expression, creativity, and most importantly, fun when it comes to dance. During club meetings, we will learn dances for fun and let other members choreograph dances.

Supervisor: Laura Boles
President: Kristy Munakata

Unglazed ceramic pots.


We want a place for people who like K-Pop to be able to listen to it and dance to it freely. A lot of people are passionate about K-Pop, so we want to make a place where you can talk about it with people that are just as interested in it as you are.

Supervisor: Jordan Hanson

String art


Our goal is to teach students how to create music without needing to play/purchase an instrument. We can do a vast variety of genres, from Jazz to dubstep.

Supervisor: Elissa Minamishin
President: Michael Murakami