Composition and Theory Voice, Music Theater, and Dance   Strings and Chamber Music
Keyboard   Conducting and Choral Ensemble Winds and Percussion
Musicology Music Education PhD Faculty

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Composition and Theory

The Department of Composition and Theory offers undergraduate and graduate courses in composition. It continues to produce the country's major composers who have ventured into uncharted domains in music creation. While it is charged with the responsibility of providing basic theoretical instruction to all music students, its major contribution to the training of composers in the college lies in the inculcation techniques of music creation that are sensitive and relevant to historical and geographical contexts. The Department also maintains the Sound Laboratory.

Jocelyn "Joy" Marfil (Chair) Josefino Toledo Jonas Baes
Christine Muyco Ramon Santos (Emeritus Professor) Alexander John Villanueva
Mary Katherine Trangco    

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Conducting and Choral Ensemble

The Department of Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department provides professional instruction to leaders of numerous local choruses, bands, and orchestras. The department also services the college by handling chorus classes that are required of all music majors.

Rodney Ambat (Chair) Raul Navarro  
Janet Aracama Emmanuel de Leon  
Mark Anthony Carpio Beverly Claudine Shangkuan  

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The Keyboard Department of the UP College of Music takes pride in its pool of gifted and accomplished pianists among its faculty and students. During its many years of existence, it has produced pianists and pedagogues that the country can be proud of. These include Angelina Reyes (a famous child prodigy before WW II), Jose Ma. Contreras, Raul Sunico, Jovianney Cruz, Aima Labra-Makk, and Albert Tiu, the last five having won prizes at international competitions. The pianist-pedagogues par excellence include Rosario Lopez-Garcia, Lucia Francisco, Serafin Magracia, Benedicta Macaisa, Jose Balingit, Perla Suaco, Aida Sanz Gonzales, Asuncion Laureola, Regalado Jose, Nita Quinto, Avelina Manalo, Mauricia Borromeo, and others.

Ena Maria Aldecoa (Chair) Mita Fernandez Augusto Espino (Chair)
Pia Balasico Luci Magalit Richelle Rivera
Carolyn Cheng Gemma Malicdem Armando Salarza
Geraldine Marie Gonzales Jourdann Petalver Albert Napoleon J. Roldan
April Dawnena Merced-Misa Michelle Nicolasora  


The main objective of the Keyboard Department is to develop, to the fullest, students of superior musical talent and offer them the highest type of professional training in order that at graduation, they will be fully prepared to enter the professional field of music as solo performers or as teachers in any institution at the college or university level.

The Keyboard Department continues to pursue its vision of producing well-trained pianists by strengthening its curriculum that draws the best from its students. Noted pianist-pedagogues regularly hold masterclasses for the benefit of faculty and students.

Stringent policies regarding entrance auditions and grade requirements are enforced to maintain the highest standards of performance among its piano students. The faculty members are themselves excellent performers and artists who are dedicated and competent teachers. Keyboard department chairmen in the past include Nita Abrogar-Quinto, Regalado Jose, and Imelda Ongsiako. Carolyn Kleiner-Cheng is the current chairman.

The keyboard curriculum covers the various styles and historical periods of keyboards repertoire from all over the world. The curricula are principally intended to contribute, in a more dynamic and concentrated manner, to the development of the cultural life in the country, the preservation and intelligent enhancement of Filipino cultural heritage, and the discovery of music in a larger context of contemporary life.  The major concentration courses are given on a one-on-one basis, while the academic courses are given in small classes.


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Music Education

The Music Education Department is in charged with the task of training and preparing music teachers for the elementary and secondary levels. Its comprehensive undergraduate curriculum trains future music teachers not only in classroom music methodologies but also in related areas like conducting, performance in piano, voice and other instruments, as well as in research. These rich music experience and studies prepare the students for the many competencies after they graduate from college, thus assuming roles as bonafide music educators.

The Master of Music major in Music Education offers a more extensive curriculum focused on such areas as administration and supervision of music schools, measurement and evaluation in music, and music education research.

In addition, the department of Music Education has its own performing groups involving not only majors in music education but in other fields as well.

Jocelyn Timbol-Guadalupe (Chair) Janel Bauza Ma. Sherla Najera
Daisy Valenciano    


Oh Mi Hyun "Hannah" Anna Patricia Rodriguez-Carranza Elaine Espejo-Cajucom
Mariefrance Ballester Melissa Cortes-Cumpio  

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The Department of Musicology provides training in Musicology with three degree programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels. These programs are: DCPMA in Asian Music; B.M. in Musicology; and M.M. in Musicology. The department supervises courses in Western and world music literature as well as solo and ensemble performance in world music (with a strong emphasis on Asia) that are part of the curriculum of various degree programs in the college. It also offers general education courses in Philippine and world music for the non-music majors.

to foster independent, critical thinking in music, the department also initiates MusiKolokya (a weekly music colloquia) at the College of Music Museum of instruments.


La Verne Dela Peña (Chair) Lilymae Franco-Montano Ma. Patricia Silvestre
Jose Buenconsejo Kanapia Kalanduyan Arwin Tan
Aga Mayo Butocan Ma. Lourdes Cecilia Matute Vicente Ongsiako
Teresa Montes Cristina Maria P. Cayabyab Hiroko Nagai
James C. Diaz Janine Josephine Arianne Liao Friolan Canlas


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Strings and Chamber Music

The Strings and Chamber Music Department principally trains violinists, violists, cellists, bassists and guitarists, most of who will continue to become professional orchestra members in the country.

The department aims to continue hone the skills of gifted, competent, and innovative chamber musicians and string pedagogues in the Philippines and in the neighboring Asia and the Pacific regions . The exceptionally gifted are selected for intensive training as soloists.


Nathan Neil Manimtim (Chair) Chona Noble Solaiman Jamisolamin
Eduardo Pasamba Lester Demetillo Jose Valdez
Arturo Molina Edna Marcil Martinez Rommel Cruz
Lourdes de Leon-Gregorio    


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Voice and Music Theater

The Voice, Music Theater, and Dance Department provides a substantial three-pronged approach to the education of performers in the vocal and dance arts. Through the guidance and mentorship of performer-scholar faculty members who are accomplished and renowned in their fields both nationally and internationally, individualized courses in voice and dance technique provide a solid foundation in performance. Within optimum class sizes, literature courses delving into performance practice, style, and historical knowledge support and frame artistic expression. Finally, in classes which provide ample performance opportunities, both technical and expressive capabilities are demonstrated. The department boasts of two National Artists (Jovita Fuentes and Andrea Veneracion) who have been on the faculty, as well as alumni who have made and continue to make names in the world's stages.



Ramon Ma. Acoymo (Chair) Ma. Cecilia Valeña Raymond Leslie Diaz
Alegria Ferrer Maria Carmila Molina Rica Nepomuceno
Fides Asensio (Emeritus Professor) Katherine Frances Molina Jonathan Velasco
Rainier Arthur Cruz Ligaya Quinitio  


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The objective of the program is to provide professional training in the integrated art form of dance. The program of study is designed to produce creative and musically literate dancers. The curriculum is therefore structured to develop the following: dance performance skills; musical skills and dance notation or recording skills. To realize the objectives above, daily training of the dancer in a major technique, and exposure to another developed technique and to folkloric/ethnic forms, is done with particular attention to their musical components. The program is therefore an intensive study, both instructive and informative, which includes music theory. The program is the first in the Philippines, in which training in movement notation is given and in which an emphasis to the integration of dance research, creation, and building literature is made. Students in the program are exposed to other dance-related courses and related theatrical courses.


Angela Lawenko-Baguilat Steve Villaruz (Emeritus Professor)
Ma. Elena Laniog-Alvarez Desiree Medina

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Winds and Percussion

The Winds and Percussion Department professionalizes the playing standards of woodwind and brass instrumentalists, as well as percussionists. They are not only trained for solo performances but are also given the opportunity to play in chamber music, band, symphonic, and jazz ensembles.

The Winds and Percussion Department became a part of the College of Music in the year 1970. The first instructors were the principal winds and percussion players of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, which was founded by former director of UP Conservatory of Music, Dr. Alexander Lippay (1924-1930).

The goals of the department are:
1. To impart to each student the fundamentals and scientific way of playing winds and percussion instruments.
2. To give instructions which will help the student to put usable and audible musicianship into performance.
3. To develop musical aspects through the study of correct breathing, posture, tone production, phrasing intonation, musical styles, tempo, rhythm and various techniques for good musical taste and musicianship.


Raymundo Maigue (Chair) Fredeline Parin Benedicto Dela Peret, Jr.
Jose Rommel Gragera Cornelio Ramos Noel  Singcuenco
David Dino Guadalupe Leodivino Roque Mahler Villanueva
Michael Mark Guevarra Antonio Maigue Jayson Rivera
Elizalde Tolentino    


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