School of Music
Bachelor of Music major in Music Education
Bachelor of Music major in Music Education (ETEEAP)
Bachelor of Music major in Music Performance
Bachelor of Music major in Music Performance (ETEEAP)
Bachelor of Music major in Popular Music
Bachelor of Music major in Popular Music (ETEEAP)
Bachelor of Music major in Philippine Music
Master of Arts major in Music Education
Master of Arts major in Ethnomusicology
Master of Arts in Music Education with emphasis in Kodály Approach
Master of Music major in Music Performance
Master of Music major in Piano Pedagogy
Master of Music major in Music Education with emphasis in Choral Conducting
Master of Music major in Music Education with emphasis in Music Performance
Doctor of Philosophy in Music major in Ethnomusicology
Doctor of Philosophy in Music major in Music Performance

The PWU School of Music offers degree programs in the Bachelor, Masteral, and Ph.D. levels. The Bachelor of Music focuses on four major areas namely Music Performance, Music Education, Popular Music, and Philippine Music.

The Masteral program offers Music Performance, Music Education, Piano Pedagogy and Ethnomusicology while the Ph.D. program specializes in Music Performance and Ethnomusicology.

The PWU School of Music is a CHED Center of Excellence in instruction and research. It also provides extension services and has established links with other academic and cultural institutions such as the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM), Southeast Asian Directors of Music (SEADOM), Kodaly Society of the Philippines, and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY). The PWU School of Music has produced a National Artist for Music - Dr. Lucrecia R. Kasilag.

Career Opportunities for music are as classical music artist, teacher, band musician, vocalist, cultural worker & researcher, music transcriber, music technologist, music arranger/composer, talent manager, music studio administrator, and music event organizer.


The School of Music upholds the Philippine Women’s University’s enduring commitment to provide a holistic education which treasures cultural heritage. From its formal establishments in 1947 with Felicing Tirona as the founding dean, it has responded to the needs of society by initiating relevant music programs that are globally competitive and help in nation-building while providing opportunities for professional growth.

Dr. Lucresia Kasilag, National Artist for Music, assumed the deanship in 1952 and guided the School towards leadership in music education. Dr. Kasilag’s pioneering work in Philippine music and culture ushered in the integration of Philippine music in the School’s academic programs and by extension in music instruction around the country. In the 1960’s, the PWU School of Music developed an integrated teacher training program course for teachers in the elementary and high-school levels to meet the then urgent needs for competent music teachers. This led to the establishment of the Institute of Music Education in 1967 under the direction of Prof. Corazon Maceda.

Today, the PWU School of Music offers the highest academic level of Doctor of Philosophy in Music with two major areas – Music Performance which was implemented in 2013 and Ethnomusicology in 2011. In addition, it is also a deputized higher education institution for the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) in three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Music major in Music Performance, Bachelor of Music major in Music Education, and Bachelor of Music, major in Popular Music.

The School continues to fulfill its mandate to train young talents in the field of music. Designated as Center of Excellence in 2013 by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the School continues to explore new directions and specializations in popular music, chamber music and collaborative performance in art song which represent initiatives to harness local music resources and address current trends.


Dr. Earl Clarence L. Jimenez

The PWU School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music that parallels the storied history of the country’s first university for women. Today, as it moves towards celebrating its 75th anniversary, it continues to re-invent itself to meet the needs of a globalized and modern musical public and community. True to its mission of providing an environment of growth for musical artists (both men and women as PWU is now co-educational), the School of Music continues to foster a culture where individual talent and skills are recognized and nurtured, teachers are mentors, and students are dynamic partners in their education. Attuned with the current times, the PWU School of Music remains committed to bringing quality education to its students through its flexible learning program taking into account each individual’s unique situation and learning context. Let the music play on.


Dr. Jimenez,
Earl Clarence


Amiel Kim


Dr. Fojas,




Dr. Galang,
Abelardo II



Dean, PWU School of Music
Director, PWU Music Heritage Center and Curator, PWU Music Instruments Collection

Earl Jimenez teaches courses in ethnomusicology, western and popular music history, music analysis, and Philippine music in the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has participated in research projects and conducted field work among different ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines, most notably among the T’boli of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. He has presented papers at academic conferences, some of which have been published. His research interests include organology, music instrument collection, soundscapes, music and religion, and music and the body. He maintains a website,, featuring his collection of indigenous music instruments. He has studied Philippine, Javanese, and Balinese music instruments with traditional teachers. Earl is currently finishing his PhD in Ethnomusicology at PWU, where he also obtained his MA Ethnomusicology. He holds a BM Musicology and DCPMA Piano at the University of the Philippines. He is also Curator at the Music Instruments Museum and the Philippine Music Heritage Center at PWU. He is the Philippine representative for the Southeast Asian Directors of Music (SEADOM).

(voice, choral conducting, theory)
Director, PWU Vocal Ensemble
Coordinator, Undergraduate Music Program

Christopher Borela teaches music theory, voice, phonetics, and choral-conducting at the Philippine Women’s University. After graduating from the Philippine High School for the Arts as batch salutatorian, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance (magna cum laude)  and his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of the Philippines College of Music.

He was a member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers for many years, fulfilling various roles including guitarist, librarian, choral arranger, and assistant choirmaster. He was also part of the Philippine Madrigal Singers delegation which competed and won the European Grand Prix in 1997 and 2007. He has served as resource speaker for the Philippine Choral Directors Association, and jury member in several competitions in and around the Philippines. His choral arrangements have been sung and recorded by many choirs in the Philippines, and his arrangements have been performed around the world.

Aside from leading the PWU Vocal Ensemble, he also takes lead for Bulacan State University’s choir SaringHimig, the parish based Coro de Sta Cecilia, and the Symphony of Voices in San Jose. He also recently conducted the operas by National Artist for Music Ramon Santos.

(ethnomusicology, music education)
Coordinator, JASMS Enhancement Program and JASMS Music for Grades 11 & 12

Amiel Capitan is a licensed professional teacher and a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Music Education at the Philippine Normal University – National Center for Teacher Education. He also has a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching Music with emphasis on Kodály approach. Currently, he is finishing his Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology degree at the Philippine Women’s University. His research work focuses on the musical traditions and practices of the Ayta Magbukun people in Bataan. He has presented several papers on ethnomusicology and music education in international conferences. He is also involved in pre-service and in-service training of classroom music teachers, and was invited as workshop facilitator and resource person in different seminar-workshops sponsored by DepEd and the Kodály Society of the Philippines. Likewise, he is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), Kodály Society of the Philippines (KSP), and the Philippine Society for Music Education (PSME). Aside from his work in the academe, he also serves as the musical director of the Cathedral-Shrine Parish of St. Joseph in the Diocese of Balanga.

(guitar, popular music)
Director, PWU Guitar Ensemble

Benchito Cariño is a full-time faculty member of the PWU School of Music and director of the PWU Guitar Ensemble. He is a graduate of Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance under Maestro Jose Valdez and Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance under Dr. Angelito Agcaoili. He is currently taking his doctoral studies in Music Performance at the Philippine Women’s University. Chito, as he is fondly called, was a recipient of the prestigious Teddy Diaz Memorial Scholarship. He was also a prize winner at the 1993 National Music Competitions for Young Artists held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He is one of the founding members of the Kasilag Guitar Quartet and was also active with the PWU Philippine Music Ensemble which toured Hong Kong (1993), Japan (1996), USA (1995, 1997) and Canada (1997). He has performed in various functions at the Malacañang Palace such as the state dinner for King Juan Carlos de Borbon and Queen Sofia of Spain (1994), the 2011 vin d’honnoeur and the state dinner for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Chito was the Chairman of the NAMCYA Classical Guitar Competition Category C in 2014.

(guitar, music literature, graduate school adviser)

Ivar-Nicholas Fojas was awarded the Fulbright scholarship in 2011 to pursue doctoral studies at the prestigious Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona, where he studied under the mentorship of Tom Patterson. From 2011 to 2017, Ivar had the rare opportunity to study closely under Grammy-award winners David Russell, and Sergio and Odair. Ivar also performed in master classes with artists such as Paul O’ddette, Roland Dyens, Vladimir Gorbach, René Izquierdo, Ivan Rijos, Denis Azabagic, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukic, and Marcin Dyla, to name a few. Ivar also attended special workshops on baroque ornaments and guitar technique by David Russell and The Carlevaro Technique by Roberto Aussel.

Prior to his studies in the United States, Ivar studied at the University of the Philippines and subsequently at the Philippine Women’s University under full scholarship. From 2003 to 2008, he taught at the University of the Philippines College of Music, followed by a tenure as a professor of humanities at the same university from 2008 to 2011. In 2003, Ivar studied traditional Spanish guitar-making with Adolfo Timuat Toyoda. While in the United States, Ivar apprenticed under guitar master luthier Jeremy Copper, building double top modern concert guitars.

(piano, musicology)

Berlin-based Filipino Pianist Abelardo Galang II learned his early piano skills from his mother, Carmen. Later, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance (1992) from the University of the Philippines. In the first and only piano competition Galang participated, he was awarded the Grand Prix in the 1992 Philippine Piano Competition along with a scholarship from Japan Solidarity Committee for Asian Alumni (JASCAA). Through this grant, he obtained two Master’s degrees in Music (Piano Solo Performance and Chamber Music) from Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo, Japan (1996) and the HochschulefuerMusik “HannsEisler’ Berlin, Germany (2000) where he trained with the German Pedagogue, Klaus Bäßler, a former jury and chairman of the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition. He was also a recipient of the Alfonso T. Yuchengco Foundation scholarship. Galang obtained his Doctorate degree in Music with honours from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (2010).

Galang performs regularly in solo recitals, chamber concerts and as Lied pianist in Europe and Asia. He was featured in the All Nation’s Festival in Rome (Italy), the International Piano Concert Series in Oberkirchen (Germany), the Artists’ Festival in Berlin (Germany). He has worked with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (Philippines), Manila Symphony Orchestra (Philippines), and the Otto Symphoniker (Germany) and collaborated with international artists including Juan Pechuan, (Solo Oboist, London Symphony Orchestra), Arthur Hornig (Cellist, Rundfunk Symphonic Orchestra Berlin), among others.

A recording artist under the German label Tobios Records, Galang’s discography include Schumann and Chopin (2004), an audiobook CD entitled “In Vino Veritas” in collaboration with German TV Personality, Jürgen von der Lippe, (2006–EmonsVerlag) and Kundiman, Philippine Art Songs (2008) with acclaimed Filipino bass-baritone Jonathan de la Paz Zaens. In 2010, Galang recorded a three-CD album containing 12 Sonatas of Italian–German Baroque composer Giovanni Benedetto Platti. Galang is the first pianist to record the first 12 sonatas of Platti on a modern instrument, earning praises from famous German music critic, Klaus Geitel and German Music Magazines.

His pedagogic accomplishments at the Berlin Piano School include his student Mr. Kon-Ui Pak, who won at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in 2010 and was awarded the BaerenreiterUrtext Prize. Galang has been teaching at the Berlin Piano School since 2010 and is currently the Director of Music Performance and Chairman of the Piano Department of Philippine Women’s University.

Director, PWU Indayog Gong Ensemble

Lilymae Franco Montano is a faculty member at the Philippine Women’s University School of Music where she teaches Philippine Music, Global Music, and Kulintang. She finished her Master’s degree in Musicology in 2008 at the University of the Philippines where she also teaches Indonesian Gamelan and Kulintang.

She learned to play Japanese koto as an Asian Music major in U.P. (1994-1998) and continued under sensei Nishijima until 2002. She is a member of the Asia Traditional Orchestra that performs each year in different cities in South Korea since 2009.

She is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) where she presented her research on musical traditions in Banaue, Ifugao for the Symposium of ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia in Singapore (2010) and Manila (2012). Her recent paper entitled “Memory of Death: The Embodiment of Revenge through a Dance Ritual in Ifugao, Philippines” was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Cordillera Studies (2017).

She is also active in giving lectures and workshops on Philippine Music. She was one of the resource speakers in the 2nd Forum on ASEAN  Traditional Music and Dance for Music Teachers held in Thailand 2013.  Currently, she is a Ph.D candidate in Music major in Ethnomusicology at the Philippine Women’s University, where she has also been the music director of the Indayog Gong Ensemble since 2009. The Indayog Gong Ensemble actively promotes Philippine Music in traditional and popular forms.

(piano, pedagogy)
Former Dean, PWU School of Music

Richelle Rivera handles piano performance and piano pedagogy courses at the Philippine Women’s University. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of the Philippines magna cum laude  and was the recipient of the Dean’s Medal for highest scholastic achievement. She took her first Master of Music degree at the UP College of Music. Through a Fulbright Grant and an Eckstein Scholarship, she took her second Master’s Degree majoring in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. She has performed as soloist at the CCP Little Theater, the Philamlife Auditorium, Paco Park Presents, and Concert at the Park. Her mentors include Avelina Manalo, Carmencita Arambulo, Cecile Roxas, Raul Sunico, Marcia Bosits, and Alan Chow.

Richelle Rivera has participated in various conferences such as the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Arizona, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Illinois, and has presented at the Asian Conference for Technology in the Classroom in Osaka, Japan. She has attended the International Summer School at the Moscow Conservatory; the Taubman Summer Institute at Williams College, Massachussetts; and has participated in the Suzuki World Convention in Matsumoto and Tokyo. She received her training in the Taubman Approach from Nina Scolnik and has played for Edna Golandsky and Dorothy Taubman. Her Suzuki Piano Method training was under Carmencita Arambulo.

She is an active member of the Piano Teachers Guild of the Philippines (PTGP) and has served as jury member of the PTGP piano competitions as well as the National Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

Richelle Rivera is Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Music and Associate Professor at the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) where she has held several positions: Director of the PWU Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, Assistant Director of the Research Development Office, and Piano Program Coordinator of the School of Music. She currently serves as Dean of the PWU School of Music.

(music education, graduate school adviser)

Celeste Romulo finished her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education at the Centro Escolar University. She handles the music education courses for undergraduate and graduate school at the Philippine Women’s University. She has received numerous awards from the university as a music teacher and as a glee club moderator. Her former group, the PWU Female Ensemble, has conquered the stage in several competitions and concerts held in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Georgia, Atlanta, Salinas, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego as well as in Frankfurt, Germany, Bucharest and Via Mare of Romania. Her expertise made her a resource person/lecturer in teachers’ seminars and workshops for elementary and high school teachers including State Universities in different provinces such as DepEd Lucena City, DepEd Marinduque and DepEd Mindoro and Marinduque State University. She is also a member of the International Society for Music Education and has been one of the workshop presenters of APSMER 2017 conference held last July 19-22, 2017 in Melacca, Malaysia. Her outstanding contributions in various civic organizations have been duly recognized for the past years. Among these are her civic works in parishes as a choir conductor, composer of school hymns, feast songs and municipal hymns.


Maestro Jose Valdez is an institution in the world of the classical guitar. As a professional, he has concertized, lectured, and taught for a span of 40 years, starting as a child prodigy at the age of 14. It was in this capacity that his name has become a byword in the world of the classical guitar. Ranked as a virtuoso and early exponent of the guitar by the CCP Encyclopedia of Music and Arts, he has pioneered the guitar courses in the leading schools in Manila and has developed a special system in teaching and developing blind musicians. His dedication is such that he is able to transform the sightless into advanced guitar players and virtuoso performers. He has also authored and introduced invaluable guitar subjects such as “Progressive Studies in Philippine Guitar Music”, “The Art of Transcribing and Arranging for the Guitar”, “Andalucian Studies (Flamenco Music)”, “Advance Pedagogy”, and “Guitar Literature”.

  • Dr. Pertierra, Raul (anthropology, graduate school adviser)


Denise Santos Huang has played several solo and chamber music concerts and engagements throughout the Philippines and in the US. She has held leadership positions in various local orchestras such as the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, and FilharmoniKa and toured Europe with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra as a young violinist, having performed at top concert halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw among others. Aside from playing classical music, she has also played for many pop recordings, TV commercials, musicals and international acts such as Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, Richard Clayderman, Michael Buble and New Opera Singapore’s production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw.

As an educator, she is a coach and mentor to her studio composed of violinists of various ages. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Philippine Women’s University and Philippine High School for the Arts, where her students have been awarded scholarships and places at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Asian Youth Orchestra, Weber State University, and have landed auditions for professional orchestras in Metro Manila. Denise served as faculty member at the St. Scholastica’s College of Music from 2010 to 2017, where she was string coordinator for 2 years. She was Strings Division Chair for the National Music Competition for Young Artists in 2017.

She enjoys performing for and producing charity concerts, hosting foreign artists in master classes and fundraising events for the benefit of educational causes.

Denise holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at San Francisco State University as a Pone, Morrison, Nagel and Creative Arts scholar under Jassen Todorov and the Alexander String Quartet. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and early music training with Basilio Manalo, Arturo Molina and Socorro Medina-Hara as a PREDIS and Battig scholar from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class.

(flute, theory)

Crystal Milarose Rodis-Concepcion started the flute at the age of 10. A year later, she was accepted as a scholar at the Philippine High School for Arts (PHSA) under the tutelage of Prof. Enrique Barcelo. In 2003, she participated in the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, USA. She graduated with High Honors and was class valedictorian. She was also a recipient of the Artistic Excellence award as well as the MARIA scholarship for her college education. She was a member of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble (SAYOWE) during the years 2005, 2007 and 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines and graduated magna cum laude. In 2013, she completed her Master’s degree in music at the University of Texas Pan-American in Texas, USA. She is also a three-time National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) winner, garnering 1st prize for Woodwinds Category A in 2001, 2nd prize for Flute Category B in 2004 and 1st prize for Flute Category C in 2008. She currently teaches at Headway School for Giftedness, Korean International School Philippines, and Philippine Women’s University, and is also a mentor at Ang Misyon.


Antoni Josef Inacay earned his Master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory, USA after finishing his Bachelor’s degree at the St. Scholastica’s College. A first-prize NAMCYA winner in 2005, Inacay was a recipient of multiple scholarships from the Philippines and from the US. A principal cellist in many orchestras both local and international, Inacay performed extensively with various chamber music ensembles in the U.S. and Asia.


Antoni Josef

Crystal Rose

  • Dela Cruz, Aimee (percussion)
  • Giron, Gomer (percussion)
  • Sta. Ana, Ariel (clarinet)