At Kúpono Music Studio,
"The Success First Method"
The Kúpono Music Studio exclusively teaches "The Success First Method" of music instruction
The Success First Method addresses the needs and expectations of a 21st century American culture and learning style. American students are accustomed to a fast pace in everything they do. They are capable of multi-tasking and absorbing great quantities of information in a short period of time, and they want the immediate gratification of accomplishment, even if it is very small in scale.
The Success First Method teaches to this mentality - success, first and foremost, however small in scale. Immediate success brings immediate gratification. Immediate gratification brings the desire to continue and do more. The desire to do more leads to increased learning.
From the first lesson on, The Success First Method creates MUSICIANS. All people are intrinsically musical creatures. Music is inherent in them as humans in our culture. Our Method gives them a language with which to express their inborn musicality.
The Success First Method takes musical concepts and makes them enjoyable, then directs these musical concepts to the student at their own individual and cultural level. The method directs learning to the eye AND the ear simultaneously, while also helping the student accomplish music physically (play).
The Success First Method addresses the student's existing skill set and needs, builds pride, self-esteem, confidence and musicianship. It also strengthens the student's relationships to the teacher and him or her self, and creates the desire to learn and succeed.
Here's what people are saying about Kúpono Music Studio
"Taking piano lessons from Ms. Marti Kluth for the past 6 years has truly enriched my children's lives. From the beginning, she was able to engage them quickly by teaching them to play simple pieces. She was then able to help them build a solid musical foundation, incorporating music theory and note reading as they learned progressively more complicated pieces. She has an encouraging, patient and upbeat attitude that keeps my children excited about playing the piano. She challenges them to reach their full potential in a way that brings out their best. Performing in recitals has also given them an opportunity to build their self-confidence and experience a sense of accomplishment."
"My two daughters were taking piano lessons with Ms. Marti. I was just the chauffer for them at first. The lessons sounded like so much fun so I decided to take some lessons myself. It took a little courage for someone over 40 years old to start a piano lesson but Ms. Marti's no pressure approach worked for me. My job requires a lot of my time and I sometimes get lazy but Ms. Marti is so patient and always maximizes my limited practice time by her effective lessons. It is true that I get more nervous to play at a recital with a bunch of young students than when making a public speech to 500 people. But participating in the recital is good encouragement for me and helps with goal setting to continue the lesson and practice."
"We contacted Kúpono Music Studio because we wanted to provide our 6 year old grand-daughter, Keke, with quality music skills as she embarked on her musical experience. The Marti Kluth Music Studio provided exactly what we hoped for, both vocally and on the piano. Keke began singing with Ms. Marti as part of the school break Glee Camps. This initial introduction quickly moved into being invited to join the Maui Singsation Show Choir as well as piano lessons. Ms. Marti encouraged Keke to challenge herself and move outside her comfort level in order to improve and grow musically as well as personally. After only two years Keke, now 8, is willing to walk into any audition with remarkable confidence and artistic maturity. In fact, she recently won a spot in the community production of "Evita" as one of only 5 girls selected for the children's chorus, due in part to Ms. Marti's coaching.
Ms. Marti is creative in her teaching approach and finds a way to ensure the success of each student. We are truly blessed to be a part of her musical ohana. I wholeheartedly recommend the Kúpono Music Studio for all ages and skill levels."
Meet the people that make Kúpono Music Studio magical
Marti Kluth is a versatile musician with over 30 years of performing experience, and over 25 years experience as a music teacher. Marti studied at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH for 3 years, finishing her schooling by earning a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in piano performance. She is well versed in all classical styles, as well as pop, jazz, blues, Gospel, Broadway and other styles, so she can help you play any kind of music you desire.
She has also performed extensively, both as a vocalist and keyboardist. Over the past 14 years, Marti has been Music Director of 20+ shows on Maui, including Oliver!, Pippin, Fame!, South Pacific, West Side Story, 2 productions of Scrooge, and The Music Man for the Maui Academy of Performing Arts; Ruthless!, Cabaret and The Wizard of Oz for ProArts, and Sweeney Todd for Maui OnStage. She has performed in the orchestra for several other productions, which allows her to showcase her technical prowess first-
hand for audiences. She has a flexible, well-trained voice, and is capable of singing all styles of music, including Hawaiian, gospel, pop, jazz and classical.
Marti is also familiar with a wide variety of contemporary music. You can learn the latest hit songs that are on the radio, or an old classic that you've always wanted to play. If you don't read music, Marti can help you with an easy to play arrangement of almost any song!
Ana Kalina began playing the violin at the age of 9 in Southern California. She followed in the footsteps of her grandfather whose love for music included playing all the classical stringed instruments and the mandolin. Ana later learned how to play the cello, piano, and ukulele. She has performed with alternative rock bands, chamber orchestras, and string quartets throughout her life. She currently performs with the Maui Pops Symphony, Maui Masterworks Festival,
and the Maui Chamber Orchestra. Ana also sings backup vocals and plays fiddle in a classic band from Lahaina called ZÃ.
In 2004 Ana received her Master's Degree in Marital Family Therapy. In her private psychotherapy practice she uses music to facilitate and promote nurturing parent/child relationships. Parents and children are enriched through the process of learning music together. Parents learn to adopt and
develop a nurturing parenting style that utilizes positive reinforcement techniques. Kids thrive and learn quickly when they are praised for doing well. Ana also strives to make the learning experience fun! When kids are able to create a foundation of accomplishments, it contributes to their sense of well-being. Experiences of being successful are moments a child can carry with them throughout their lifetime.
Tracey Bloser, mezzo-soprano, received her Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Master of Music in Voice from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, CT. Shortly after receiving her degree, she became a founding member of Hartford Opera Theater, performing and producing new works and contemporary interpretations of opera theater in the city for several years.
Tracey moved to Maui in 2011 and began integrating into the classical
music scene as a vocal performer and teacher in voice and piano. She was most recently featured as the Alto soloist for Maui Chamber Orchestra’s productions of Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah at the Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tracey has been on staff at Maui Music Mission for two years, contributing as an instructor in voice, piano and theory in their after-school music club and music camps, working with keiki ages 6-12. She is also a board member for Maui Chamber Orchestra and board chair of their CHIMES program.
CHIMES is working to reintegrate music education at the elementary level in the Maui public school curriculum. Singing, piano, opera, choir and musical theater have all been a major part of her life since early childhood. Tracey is especially committed to imparting this love, knowledge and experience of classical music to the youth of Maui, by enriching the local music programs and focusing on their quality and expansion. Tracey is thrilled to be joining the Kúpono Music Studio team as an instructor in voice and beginning piano.
Josh Drake has always loved music. He began taking music classes at the age of six and started piano lessons at eight years old. In 2011, he performed his original hymn arrangement of "Doxology" and "It is Well" at the Assemblies of God National Fine Arts Festival in Phoenix.
Josh's love for music led him to study at Cedarville University in southwest Ohio, where he graduated with a B.A. in Music. During his time there he served as both a vocalist and accompanist in the Cedarville Men's Glee Club and as a pianist in the university jazz band.
Most recently, Josh has completed 2 years interning in the worship department at Hope Chapel right here in Kihei. During that time he played an integral part in directing and leading the worship bands. He also has 6 years of teaching experience in both private and studio settings, and is excited to invest in the music education of students here at Kúpono.
Kiegan Otterson is a Maui born Actor/Musician who has always had an affinity for sharing his love of art with the world. He has been performing since the age of 4 with various local organizations such as the Baldwin Symphonic Band and Theatre Guild, Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Maui Honor Band, Maui Chamber Orchestra, Maui Choral Arts Association, Maui Academy of Performing Arts both on the stage and in the orchestra, Pro Arts Maui, and even performed in Disneyland!
Throughout his high school career, Kiegan was a leader in the Baldwin band program and studied a plethora of brass instruments. Kiegan is mostly self taught but also received individual training from his former band directors, which allowed him to develop his own unique approach to brass and music as a whole.
Since his sophomore year of high school, Kiegan has taught children at both Iao middle school and Summer programs at MAPA. He believes it is crucial for every person to be exposed to the arts no matter what age, and hopes to share his passion with the community through music.
Peter Della Croce
Professional musician and educator Peter Della Croce began his musical journey at the early age of nine on the New Jersey shore. Growing up in musical theater, pop bands, and playing rudimental drumming in a bagpipe band, he eventually earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston. From the elementary to university levels, in private lessons and larger classes such as band and choir, he has taught in the US and abroad for almost twenty years.
Peter’s performing and teaching career has included Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Maui Onstage, ProArts, Seabury Hall, Montessori, Honolulu and Haleakala Waldorf Schools, AECG, and others. He keeps a busy performing schedule in a range of genres. Currently Peter serves as the principal percussionist with the Maui Chamber and Maui Pops orchestras, and as a musician for various bands. Peter teaches all levels/styles of drumset and beginner/intermediate levels of guitar, bass, and ukulele.
Performing in musical theatre and classical, jazz and rock, latin and African bands, and even bagpipe bands in places like Hawaii and Thailand to New York and Boston, Peter has been making music for 30 years...