Masdan, O Yahweh: Isang Pagpupugay sa Musika ng Patatag

In 1990, when the Philippines had already realized the extent and/or limits of its “relative freedom” under the Corazon Aquino government, I collaborated with the group Patatág in producing a cassette album of song-narratives that told of the plight of Filipino masses. Read More

Music is Fun Workshop by Dr. Bethel Schnitzlein at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium

Last September 18, 2015, a total of 129 participants attended the Music is Fun Workshop by Dr. Bethel Schnitzlein at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. Dr. Schnitzlein is a former faculty of the University and is presently a certified counselor from Germany and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. Read More

Fun with Music Free Workshops Featuring the Orff Approach

Last September 4, 2015 from 10 am to 12 noon, one hundred and twenty seven teachers and students from the UP College of Music, College of Education, College of Home Economics, music education students of Adventist University of the Philippines accompanied by their professors, Nery Beratio and Jewel Solidum as well as teachers from Marist School, Miriam College, St. Scholastica's College Manila and Berea School attended the first of two Fun with Music free workshops featuring the Orff approach at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. Read More


Students, teachers, and administration staff of the College partook of a solidarity meal on 1 September 2015, marking the beginning of the College’s 99th year. As per tradition, first week of September is termed “College Week” annually for it commemorates the foundation of the institution on 4 September 1916. Among the first students of the UP Conservatory in 1916 were pianist Lucia Francisco, vocal artists Paz Guidote and Petrona Ramos and composers Nicanor Abelardo and Francisco Santiago, the latter of who became the first Filipino to have gotten a doctorate in the science of music composition. Read More

Freshmen Music Majors Welcomed at the College

The UP College of Music Student Council organized this year’s Freshmen Welcome Assembly on August 4, 2015 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. This was made after the welcome program spearheaded by the Chairs of the departments and the Administration Office on an earlier date. They gave the freshmen the opportunity to get to know their fellow young musicians and some practical information to help the latter adjust well in their journey as a music major. Read More


The College welcomed new doctoral and masteral students in music with an intellectual conversation with the eminent Filipino historian, anthropologist, and proponent of the Pantayong Pananaw ("We Perspective" or Indigenous Inclusive Filipino Worldview) -- Dr. Zeus Salazar. He emphasized the importance of the senses in experiencing Filipino culture, particularly music, a performative of being and becoming Filipino. Read More


Through a partnership in research and development (instrument making) with O.C. Bandilla, Philippines, Dr. Joe Peters donated a “Singapore Model Prime Bandurria” to the College on 20 July 2015. Before the donation, Dr. Peters gave a lecture on the rondalla in Singapore, particularly on his three-decade long involvement in rondalla research and pedagogy. Read More

UP College of Music Honors its 2015 Graduating Class

The commencement exercise of the UP College of Music at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium on June 26, 2015 honored seventy two students – one of the biggest graduating classes in the history of the college. Read More

Visiting Artists and Scholars

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

A Lecture demonstration on 'Khayal' tradition in Hindustani Classical Music by Ashwini bhide Deshpande

With Yati Bhagwat on the Tabla, Atmaram Bicholkar on the Harmonium. Friday October 17, 2014 2:30-4:30 pm Abelardo Hall Auditorium. Open to all, free of charge. For more details, please email or call 0929-3360541. Presented to you by the UP College of Music and Music in Manila.


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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