Prof. Alegria O. Ferrer of U.P. Diliman Directs an opera in Italy

On August 3rd and August 5th, in the Italian city of Arezzo, full productions of Handel's opera "Serse" were presented in the historic Piazza della Badia. The opera was staged as a site-specific work by Alegria Ferrer for the 2017 Arezzo Opera Festival, organized by Oberlin Conservatory through the program Oberlin in Italy. Read More

Seven Dances of Life

Through the invaluable support of the National Research Council of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Buenconsejo, dean of the UP College of Music, showcased his video documentary Seven Dances of Life at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium of the UP College of Music on June 16, 2017. Read More

Pop Music in Prison

Giving the audience a very good glimpse of her new book Dangerous Mediations: Youtube and Pop Music in a Philippine Prison Video (Bloomsbury Academic: New York, forthcoming 2018), Dr. Aine Mangaoang,  a Fil-Irish musicologist at University of Oslo, Norway, stressed the significant role that popular music has been playing at the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center (CPRDC) at a guest lecture at the UP College of Music on May 24, 2017. Read More

Dr. David Urrows Meets U.P. Music Scholars

Dr. David Urrows, a music historian based in Hong Kong, visited the College of Music on May 19, 2017 to assist U.P. music scholars, Asst. Prof. Arwin Q. Tan and Instructor Mahler Villanueva, in determining the authenticity of primary music sources. In the short consultation, he scrutinized parts of the original manuscripts of Jose Estella’s “missing” Filipinas Symphony, regarded as the first symphony written by a Filipino which was first performed in 1928. ... Read More

Continuing Education for Music Teachers

Four teachers from Pangasinan, Bicol, and Surigao del Sur presented their learnings from the month-long continuing education for music teachers program last May 13, 2017 at the UP College of Music Mini-hall Read More

Community Engagement Program Culminating Activity

Last May 6, 2017, participants of the UP College of Music – Music Education Department and the Open School of Music had their culminating activity to highlight the end of the community engagement program for this second semester. Read More

Like a Bird: A Koto Chamber Concert

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Musicology, UP College of Music held a koto chamber concert entitled Tori no Yōni (Like a Bird). Set on the Abelardo Hall Auditorium platform, it was an intimate gathering of koto majors as well as minors under the Asian Music Program, the koto instructor Dr. Hiroko Nagai, and the audience who had a particular interest in and appreciation of musics in Asia....
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“Every semester, the Music Education Department of the UP College of Music (UPCMu) produces a culminating activity for the High School Music Practicum course. . This semester, with Quirino High School in Project 3, Quezon City as its laboratory school, the Music Education 135 (MuEd 135) Practicum students ended the course with a successful program entitled “MOA: Music of Asia”, held last March 29, 2017. ... Read More

SINGKWENTA! MuEd@50 anniversary concert a success

“A successful golden anniversary concert was mounted by the Music Education Department of the UP College of Music to a full-house crowd at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium last March 3, 2017. The concert which was entitled, "Samu't-Saring Musika" featured diverse music performances across age groups by music education performing groups like the UP Rondalla, Musika Sophia Early Music Ensemble, JMEG Chorale, Guitar Guild, and Cuerdas Comparsa Strings Ensemble ... Read More

Break of Reality: Cello Rock Quartet

“Meaningful” was what cellist Enrico Tuazon had to say about last January 30, 2017, when alt-classical ensemble Break of Reality, in cooperation with the US Embassy and the UP College of Music graced the college with their presence through a lecture-concert and masterclass. Read More

A Colorful Memories: Mued 116 class with the Kalinga Day Care Center and the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice

“The Mued 116 class with the Kalinga Day Care Center and the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice joined together for Colorful Memories, a performance which honors the passing of loved ones. Held last October 19, 2016, this program was a culmination of 3 months of teaching, one year of production planning, involving a new collaboration between KDCC and PHSOP, with more than 200 performers. Read More

Project Based Learning in Music Education: A Workshop on Music Education for Students and Teachers

To mark the Centennial Graduation of the UP College of Music in 2016 and the 50th Anniversary of the Music Education Department in 2017, the UPCMu Music Education Department, in cooperation with the UP Junior Music Educators’ Guild (UP JMEG) and the Philippine Society for Music Education (PSME), held a seminar-workshop entitled Project-based Learning in Music Education: A Workshop on Music Education for Students and Teachers was held last September 8, 2016 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium in UP Diliman. Read More



Not even the heavy rains and strong winds, the resulting fluctuating electricity coming from an old generator, the threat from an “intelligence report“ circulating via text messages saying that UP Diliman was the next target of a terrorist group, nor the uncomfortable temperature inside the performance hall could prevent the UP College of Music from starting its centennial celebrations aptly titled Sandaang Taon ng Himig at Tinig: Pagpupugay ng UP Kolehiyo ng Musika on September 4, 2016 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium in UP Diliman Read More



The UP College of Music held its Centennial Graduation last June 24, 2016 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium with seventy graduates from various degrees offered by its eight departments. Marking the college’s 100th year as an institution on September 4, 2016, this year’s graduation is another significant milestone as the college continues to strive for excellence in the fields of music education, performance, and research. Read More

Visiting Artists and Scholars

Dr. David Frances Urrows shares insights into current critical musicology

Dr. David Francis Urrows, visiting scholar from the Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University shared his insights on critical musicology, by speaking about two of his recent academic publications on: (1) the different ideologies between mid-19th critical editions and interpretive (“artistic”) editions and (2) the mid-19th c American social construction of the image of the 12th c nun and composer Hildegard von Bingen. Read more

Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald Speaks at the College

The Philippines have but a few number of noted music scholars. One of our very own music scholar who published “Contemporary Filipino Composers” in 1976, is Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald, an alumna of the English and Music programs at UP Diliman, and also a graduate of the University of Cologne, Germany. Dr. Lauterwald have published a book on the Las Pinas bamboo organ and a new and forthcoming one is a book on sarsuelas of Severino Reyes in the early 20th century. Read more

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About the College of Music

Dr. In 1916, the Conservatory aimed at the education of pupils in a serious study of music with a view to a professional career in some branch of the art. The Conservatory, therefore, arranged its curriculum so that all pupils in its regular courses who wanted to be teachers, singers or performers on any instrument also pursued theoretical subjects which were necessary in a holistic education. These were taken together with instrumental and vocal lessons. READ MORE