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 Wednesdays – Fridays.
The first class is FREE!
Make A Donation
This holiday season, would you consider giving the gift of music to a child? We are trying to raise $9,050 by the end of the year. A gift of $65 provides a month of music for a child, and a gift of $325 provides scholarships for one student for a semester.
Scholarship Fund $5000
Instrument Fund $4050
1 Nord Electro 6D 61 Keyboard = $2200
3 Kala Ukulele’s with pickup = $510
1 Gretch 3-piece Drum Set = $1000
3 Paiste Cymbals $540
Interested in trying Big Island Island Music Academy?
Final Class before Summer break is May 17th
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
77-165 Lako Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
At the church at the bottom of Lako Street.
(thanks to Lutheran church for free location, allowing us to lower our prices)
BIMA 2018-2019 Ensembles
Classes Begin August 22nd, 2018 & end May 17th, 2019
Vocal Ensemble 3:30-4:20
Beginning Trumpet 3:30-4:20 PM
Inter./Adv. Ukulele 4:00-4:50
Jazz Band 5:00-6:15
Beginning Guitar 5:00-5:50
Advanced Guitar 6:30-7:20
Beginning Band 3:30-4:20
Pop Band 4:30-5:30
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loren Wilken - Guest Artist
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.
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.
“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.
Interested in our classes? Get in touch with us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Big Island Music Academy
Hours of Operation
Wednesday – Friday 2:30-6:30 PM