Studying music during the pandemic and why it matters

Luke Clebsch, a multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Big Island Music Academy, a nonprofit in Kailua-Kona that caters to teaching music to keiki, says the “reason music education matters is that it teaches children how to have good interpersonal skills and how to be able to work together, like in a group or a band.” (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Trever Veilleux, a music director at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, has gained worldwide notoriety for his annual Frank Zappa class, and the UH-Hilo Jazz Orchestra has performed yearly concerts since 2013.

After 43 years of teaching music, Gary Washburn remains a Big Island legend. Since 1978, Washburn has brought much attention and accolade to Honoka’a High School’s music programs. (Photos by Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Performing arts and music education has changed more than any other school subject as learning went virtual last year. With students returning to the classroom, practicing with classmates is challenging, and upcoming public concerts have been canceled.