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Thanks for visiting Big Island Music Academy!

BIMA provides the highest caliber of group instrumental and vocal music instruction, tailored to each student’s unique strengths and goals located, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

We accept students ages 10 and up, on a variety of instruments including bass, guitar, drums, ukulele, congas, piano, trumpet, flute, saxophone, trombone, and vocals.

Our students have opportunities to perform at local festivals and events, with an emphasis on inspiring a deeper connection and passion for music in the community!

Classes are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays

The first class is FREE!

Make A Donation

We are a 501c3 Non-profit corporation and we are always in need of funding to be able to pay our teachers. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help keep music education alive for our keiki. 

Interested in trying Big Island Island Music Academy?

Announcements

Registration & Auditions are
Thursday, September 12th, 4:00

Location

Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
77-165 Lako Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
At the church at the bottom of Lako Street.

Price

$65/month
(thanks to Lutheran church for free location, allowing us to lower our prices)

Class Schedule

BIMA 2019-2020 Ensembles

Tuesday

Beginning Ukulele 4:00 – 4:50
Vocal Ensemble 4:00-4:50
Beginning Guitar 5:00 – 5:50

Thursday

Intermediate Ensemble 4:00-4:50
Pop Band 5:00-5:50

Instructors

Andrea Lindborg

Andrea is a trumpet player, composer and singer from the Marshall Islands. She has studied with Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Sears and composer Wendell Logan, and has performed with musical greats such as Renee Rosnes, Danilo Perez, Victor Jones, Russ McKinnon, George Mraz and Reggie Griffin. Andrea graduated with a BA in jazz performance from Oberlin Conservatory and received an MA in arranging from Berklee College of Music.

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She was a musician in New York City for ten years and played a variety of musical genres including Brazilian, funk, afrobeat and jazz across NYC, Europe and Asia. She has played at Madison Square Garden and toured South Korea with pop star, JYP. She has appeared in the movie “Mona Lisa Smile” featuring Julia Roberts, and has won numerous ASCAP writing awards for her compositions.

Currently residing on the Big Island of Hawaii, Andrea composes original works and performs with Blue Jade, Nowelo, Bump City, The Jazztones, The Olliephonic Horns, the Kamuela Philharmonic, Kona Brass, and the Kona Music Society Orchestra. She is co-director the Big Island Music Academy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people through music education and performance. She is currently working on a an EP of pop/jazz under the artist name Ann Hoku Lyn.

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Bill Noble - Guest Artist

Bill Noble was born and raised in Kohala, Hawaii and now resides in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

He received his teaching music degree in Texas and has taught music at the Intermediate, High School and College Levels.

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This veteran sax, flute, and clarinet player has worked with national and local artists. Highlights of his career include appearances with the Temptations, Ray Charles, The Stylistics, Gladys Knight, Fifth Dimension, The Four Tops, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, The Crystals, The Manhattan’s, The Shirelles, Comedian Robert Kline, and local artists which include Zulu, Loyal Garner and Dick Jensen. He has performed for both former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.
Bill Noble is well known for his work with small Jazz Combos at the major hotels along the Kona/Kohala Gold Coast. He also has his own Bill Noble Big Island Big Band which keeps the sounds of the Big Band Swing Era alive and also conducts the Olliephonic Horns.

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Loren Wilken - Guest Artist

Loren Wilken has a BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz where he studied classical and jazz music theory, composition, and performance. After working as a freelance musician in the Bay area for 7 years, Loren moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1990 to work full time as a pianist at the resorts along the Kohala Coast.

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He has been the piano player for Bill Noble’s ensembles for over 25 years. Loren also enjoys composing and arranging in many musical styles ranging from classical choral music to jazz, pop, salsa, and new age. Loren has co-produced and recorded 5 CDs in various genres and has received ASCAP and songwriting contest awards. Loren has taught piano, theory, and composition for over 30 years.

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Binti Bailey

Binti Bailey is a talented vocalist who has a diverse musical skill set from blues to classical – jazz to soul, rock and much more.
Singing and performing since she was a very young child, Binti grew up listening to a wide range of music styles – from Pavarotti to Sam Cooke and beyond. In addition to singing, she also plays percussion, flute, and keyboards.

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Binti has lived on the Big Island for 7 years where she continues to expand her musical connection to the community, performing at special events and venues all over the island. Binti has also performed on both Oahu and Maui. Binti has acted as both choreographer and vocal director for productions at the Aloha Theater.

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Brett Zimmerman

Brett was a leader and instructor at Rock Academy and Asheville Music Academy in Asheville, North Carolina before moving to the Big Island of Hawaii. He currently plays guitar in the band “The Critics” and has Bachelor of Science in Music Production from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

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Brett has studied the art of recording in a professional recording studio, self-marketing and branding as an artist, and musical performance with focus in jazz guitar. He currently teaches beginning ukulele and guitar and facilitates his instruction of lesson plans in a fun, enthusiastic, style to intrinsically motivate students to meet their personal potential.

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Luke Clebsch

 “Truth Musiq” is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and educator. He teaches advanced guitar, bass, harmonica, and ukulele, as well as beginning piano and drums. He studied ethnomusicology and jazz guitar at Oberlin College, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production from Berklee College of Music. He is also Apple Certified in Logic Pro X.

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Luke has a popular YouTube channel called FunkyHarp that teaches people how to play the harmonica from beginning to advanced. He plays with the band Nowelo, and does producing and engineering work for many artists.

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Concerts

TBA
Aloha Shave Ice
TBA
Holualoa Festival of Lights

Thank you for spreading the love of music across our community!

Contact Us

Interested in our classes? Get in touch with us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Big Island Music Academy
Phone: 808-937-3219
Email: bimakona@gmail.com

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00-6:00