Musika at Sining Ipagbunyi Natin: Music Education Department culminating activity at krus na Ligas Elementary School

On November 13, 2015, the Music Education Department of the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Music held its culminating activity entitled Musika at Sining Ipagbunyi Natin in the school grounds of Krus na Ligas Elementary School. Student-teachers from the Music Education Department showcased the talents of their students whom they have been teaching since July 2015. Read More

HIRAYA: ANG PAGLALAKBAY (Music Ed 116 Culminating Recital in Partnership with the PAUW-UP-Child Study Center)

The Music Education Department, in partnership with the PAUW-UP Child Study Center (PAUW-UP CSC) staged its Musical Culminating Activity entitled "Hiraya: Ang Paglalakbay" last October 29, 2015, at the UP College of Music Abelardo Hall Auditorium. There were two stagings of the show, one at 9 am for the morning classes and another at 11:30 am for the afternoon classes. Read More

UP College of Music conducted a 2-day curriculum review held at the One Tagaytay Place Hotel in Tagaytay, Laguna.

Last October 17-18, 2015, the UP College of Music conducted a 2-day curriculum review held at the One Tagaytay Place Hotel in Tagaytay, Laguna. The whole team of participants, was composed of 30 faculty members, 2 retired professors, and 9 secretariats from different offices of the college. The participants included the incumbent dean and 2 previous deans of the college.  Read More

TIKLADONG HIRANG: Grand, engulfing and unforgettable!

The University of the Philippines College of Music Centennial Concert Series opened last September 24, 2015 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium to an SRO audience! Four historic piano concertos of Nicanor Abelardo, Francisco Santiago, Juan Hernandez and Rodolfo Cornejo capped by Josefino Chino Toledo’s work for five pianos and orchestra.  Read More

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. 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