At Kúpono Music Studio,

we are...

  • Professional

  • Compassionate

  • Dedicated

Introducing

"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.

Testimonials

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."

Amy Reisenauer

"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."

Kyoko Kimura

"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."

Carrie Carlascio

Our Teachers

Meet the people that make Kúpono Music Studio magical

Marti Kluth

  Marti Kluth is a versatile musician with over 30 years of performing experience, and almost 30 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 16 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

  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

  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.

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Ginny Morgan

          Ginny Morgan received a music scholarship to attend Chapman University in Orange California, where she graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Music in performance in cello and harp. She attained a teaching degree in 1970 and taught Elementary School for 5 years.

          She later moved to Wyoming and worked as an Artist in Residence through the Wyoming Council on the Arts. She toured Wyoming towns giving chamber music concerts for 8 years. She also taught strings at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming and played in the Cheyenne Symphony as first chair cellist. 

          She moved to Colorado in 1979 and worked for 12 years through the Colorado Council on the Arts giving chamber music instruction and concerts. She played cello with the Delta Symphony and the Grand Junction Symphony. She also taught private lessons through Montrose Community College and played harp with many chamber groups.

          Ginny moved to Maui in 1991 and has played both cello and harp with the Maui Symphony, Maui Pops, and Maui Community Band, as well as working as a professional harpist for weddings. She currently directs the Maui Madrigale, Early Music Maui and the Festival of Harps. Her husband, Alfred, builds and repairs harps on Maui. Together, they have played many harp duet concerts.

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Grace Welton

      Grace Welton is a Maui Based musician and educator originally from Detroit. She received her bachelors of Music in Opera from Central Michigan University in 2012. In addition to opera, Grace studied jazz, folk, pop, and rock.

     Her exposure to these different genres led her to blend styles and sounds. Grace has a passion for creating and connecting through music via both teaching and performing.

     She teaches Voice, Guitar, and Songwriting Skills. She is also active in the live music scene, playing concerts, at bars, coffee houses, restaurants, private events, and weddings.