Composition and Theory                                                           Conducting and Choral Ensemble

Keyboard                                                                                        Music Education

Musicology                                                                                    Strings and Chamber Music

Voice, Music Theater, and Dance                                             Winds and Percussion

PhD Faculty


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.

Christine Muyco (Chair)
Josefino Toledo
Jonas Baes
Joy Marfil (on leave)
Ramon Santos (Emeritus Professor)
Raissa Nina Odi-Pineda

Mary Katherine Cabral


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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)
Janet Aracama
Mark Anthony Carpio
Agripino Diestro
Raul Navarro
Eudenice Palaruan

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.


Carolyn Cheng (Chair)

Nita Quinto

Ena Aldecoa (on leave)

Richelle Rivera

Pia Balasico

Augusto Espino

Mita Fernandez

Geraldine Gonzales

Luci Magalit

Gemma Malicdem

Jourdann Petalver

Karen Fatima Francisco

Armando Salarza

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.

Ma. Sherla Najera (Chair)
Jocelyn Timbol-Guadalupe
Janel Bauza
Oh Mi Hyun


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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)
Jose Buenconsejo
Aga Mayo Butocan
Teresa Montes
Lilymae Franco-Montano
Kanapia Kalanduyan
Ma. Lourdes Matute
Felicidad Prudente
Ma. Patricia Silvestre
Arwin Tan
Vicente Ongsiako
Jose Valenciano


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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.

Edna Marcil Martinez (Chair )
Eduardo Pasamba
Arturo Molina
Chona Noble
Lester Demetillo
Nathan Manimtim
Solaiman Jamisolamin
Jose Valdez


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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.

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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.

Katherine Molina (Chair)
Ramon Acoymo
Fides Asensio (Emeritus Professor)
Rainier Arthur Cruz
Alegria Ferrer
Angela Lawenko-Baguilat
Ligaya Quinitio
Ma. Cecilia Valeña
Steve Villaruz (Emeritus Professor)
Desiree Medina
Maria Carmila Molina
Ava Maureen Villanueva
Gabriela M. Francisco
Jonathan Velasco
Therese Gabrielle Gemora
Rica Nepomuceno


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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.

Faculty: Raymundo Maigue (Chair), Rommel Gragera, David Guadalupe, Michael Guevarra, Antonio Maigue, Fredeline Parin, Cornelio Ramos, Leodivino Roque, Victorino San Antonio, Elizalde Tolentino, Benedicto Dela Peret, Noel  Singcuenco, Nahler Villanueva


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