The UPCM Extension Program


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The UP College of Music Extension Program (UP-CMEP) is a non-degree program of study that offers a set of music courses with the goal of providing a comprehensive musicianship program for youth, adults, musicians and music educators who are not officially enrolled in the College of Music degree offerings. The program promotes musicianship through teaching how to play a number of music instruments (e.g., piano, violin, voice, rondalla instruments, wind and percussion) and other music related areas of concentration (e.g., choral conducting, solfege, music theory, song writing, and vocal arranging). Due to popular demand, the UP-CMEP is offered three times in a school year (i.e., first semester, second semester, and summer term). It is open to adults and/or children, depending on the nature of the program that students wish to go into. Contingent on the nature of the course offering, classes are either conducted under a "one-on-one" learning environment, in cluster (i.e. groups of four), or in a classroom type of setting. The number of enrollees between 2007-2011 reflects the viability of the UP-CMEP. See Figure 1 in the Appendix. From an initial enrolment of 104 children in 1968, the number of students increased gradually in the ensuing decades. Last year, enrolment in the program reached 2,309 students.

The beginning of UP-CMEP can be traced back to the time of former Dean Eliseo Pajaro in school year 1967-68. In 1967, classes were held on Saturdays for upgrading skills of forty music teachers in the Department of Education. In 1968, 104 children were admitted to the program. The succeeding dean of the college, Dr. Ruby K. Mangahas (1969-1977), continued on with the Extension Program for children. During Dean Ramon Santos (1978-1988), the Extension Program diversified into three areas: 1) Comprehensive Preparatory Music Program for Children, 2) Continuing Education for Music Teachers, and 3) Band Program. From 1994 to present, Dean Ramos (1988-1997) and the deans after him, Profs Rey Paguio and Mauricia Borromeo and Dr. Ramon Acoymo, continued on with the program.

For further information about the UP CM Extension Program of the Colege of Music, University of the Philippines at Diliman, please contact:

Prof. Gemma Malicdem
Coordinator, Extension Program
College of Music
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Telephone: (632) 929-6963


(left photo) Prof. G. Malicdem confers with Assistant Ms. Riza Balucos. (right) Ms. Pamela Baldicañas, clerk

For inquiries pls. call Tel. Nos. 981-85-00 loc. 2628 & 926-00-24 , look for Ms. Pamela Baldicañas or Ms. Riza Balucos or visit our website:

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