University of the Philippines College of Music

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Coordinates: 14°39′24″N 120°3′55″E / 14.65667°N 120.06528°E / 14.65667; 120.06528

UPCollegeofMusicjf3498 01.JPG Abelardo Hall
U.P C.Mu
Established 1916
Dean Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo
Location Quezon City, Philippines
Campus Diliman

The 'University of the Philippines - College of Music' (U.P C.Mu), previously referred to as the U.P. Conservatory of Music is an autonomous unit of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Unlike the other music schools and conservatories in the Philippines, the U.P College of Music is known to stand independent from other colleges in the University having its own location and building. U.P C.Mu is known to be a Center of Excellence in Music, maintaining its position as the top music school in the Philippines. Though having just a small population, the college consists of the "Best of the Best" musicians from all around the country. Its first dean Francisco Santiago, who hails from the town of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Philippines, is referred to as The Father of Kundiman Art Song.


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.

The formal opening of the Conservatory as a unit of the University of the Philippines took place on 4 September 1916. This was held in a large rented building at 963 R. Hidalgo St., Quiapo, Manila. A handful of students, mostly children of prominent Manilans, were the first enrollees. The first director was Mr. George Wallace, a voice professor from the New England Conservatory of Boston, Massachusetts, with Mr. Fernando Canon as secretary.

In 1924, the Conservatory moved to Isaac Peral and Nebraska Streets in Ermita, then to Villamor Hall in 1933.

In 1948, it finally transferred to its present location in Diliman, Quezon City. In that year, the College used to be located at the administration building of the University until it relocated to its present music building which is named after the famous Filipino composer and alumnus of the conservatory, Nicanor Abelardo. The present building was built in 1963 with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development. A new wing called annex was added and inaugurated in February 1991.

Under the administration of President Carlos P. Romulo and established by the Board of Regent in its 773rd meeting held on August 30, 1968, the U.P. College of Music serves as a catalyst in national development by providing quality and professional instruction in diverse areas of music specialization.

Its college administration and faculty are committed to provide a meaningful and personally relevant learning experience of music, as well as to guide students towards academic excellence.

The College is a veritable source of strength and inspiration for independent creative, and scholarly artists. Its graduates stand out not only as exemplary musicians and academicians but as integral persons with a keen perception of their duties and responsibilities as citizens of their country and of the world.

Since its foundation in 1916, twelve directors or deans had served the institution in the past.


Undergraduate Programs[edit]

CERTIFICATE IN MUSIC (CM) A three-year purely music program with concentration in the performing areas of voice, strings, winds & percussion.

DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE AND PERFORMING MUSICAL ARTS (DCPMA) A four-year course of study with a heavy concentration on the applied and theoretical arts. The major areas available are Asian music, band conducting, choral conducting, composition, dance, instruments (Strings, Winds & Percussion), music education, piano and voice.

This program is designed for students with outstanding performance ability, but who do not wish to earn a baccalaureate degree. In 1986, the DCPMA replaced the Teacher's Diploma, Artist Diploma, and Certificate of Proficiency.

Graduate Programs[edit]

MASTER OF MUSIC (MM) This is a two-year course of study designed to deepen ones expertise in an area of music specialization (Performance, research, composition). For inquiries and requirements, see the Graduate Program Office Room 216, Annex Building.


Performing Groups[edit]

The U.P College of Music is also home to different organizations and groups made up of students, alumni's and faculties from different departments.

Performing Groups are as Follows:

Philippine Madrigal Singers

U.P Concert Chorus (UPCC)

University of the Philippines Orchestra (U.P Orch)

U.P Arco

UP Symphonic Band

U.P TUGMA (Tugtugang Musika Asyatika)

U.P Tiklado

The UP Composers of New Music (CONEMUS)

The University of the Philippines Guitar Orchestra (U.P.G.O)

Dawani Women's Choir

UP Junior Philippine Conductors’ Association (U.P.C.A)

University of the Philippines Voice and Music Theater Guild (U.P.V.M.T.G)

Junior Music Educators Guild (JMEG)

U.P Jazz Ensemble


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