Adult Music Lessons

**COVID-19 update from Ministry Of Education (25/3): One-to-one Adult Music Lessons are allowed to run, only young and school-going children are affected. Find out more here.**

A life that revolves around a 9-to-5 workday can be unfulfilling and even frustrating. A post-retirement life can also easily become monotonous and dull. Learning to play a musical instrument can be a very effective means of relieving the stresses of daily life, in addition to expanding one’s set of skills and abilities, enriching one’s life.

After Work Lessons

Learning music as an adult can be a daunting task, especially when you hold a full-time job. Your timing could be erratic and subject to your work schedule at different times of the year. However, at Eight Tones Music School, we understand and are willing to cater to your scheduling needs. Our music lessons are available daily till 9:30pm, making us the only Chinese music school in Singapore for adults that cater for music lessons on weekday evenings. Our music school is able to accommodate to your schedule changes so long as you provide us with ample notice.

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Our music school’s flexible schedule allows you to have your music classes at the most convenient timings so as not to compromise your working arrangements. Coming for our music classes, you do not have to bring an instrument as instruments such as erhu, guzheng, pipa, zhongruan, guqin, amongst many others are provided for at our music school.

Lessons for Retirees and Senior Citizens

With more control over your time after retirement, and so much more free time, why not consider picking up an instrument? Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the best post-retirement hobbies, as it can sharpen one’s mind and slow down the degeneration of one’s motor skills and muscle groups involved. Moreover, it allows you to enrich your mental and spiritual life with music. You can also learn how to perform your favourite oldie on a Chinese instrument!

Our Services

Being a one stop shop, you can purchase your instrument of choice, books, and accessories here. If you are up for a challenge, register for an examination too.  Furthermore, for a nominal fee, you can rent a studio at our music school to practice after/before your music classes.

Our Expertise

With more than 200 adult music classes conducted weekly, rest assured that our teachers are well equipped to teach adults. Our teachers will keep you comfortable by teaching at your preferred pace, according to  your learning needs and commitment level.  At our music school we teach both pop and classical Chinese adult music lessons.  Pop music lessons include music by Jay Chou, Ed Sheeran, and many other artists. Classical music lessons offerings include traditional Chinese music such as Sai Ma, Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye and other classic tunes and folk songs.

Which Instrument Should You Choose?

A popular instrument amongst many adults as it is relatively lightweight and portable. When you are proficient on the erhu, you will discover that it is an extremely versatile Chinese instrument with a rich tone emulating that of the human voice . The Erhu also serves as the foundation for other Chinese instruments such as the Gaohu, Zhonghu, Banhu, and other instruments in the “Hu” family. However, the learning curve can be steep as compared to other instruments such as the guzheng, as when learning the erhu, you would need to spend more time on intonation and bowing techniques before being able to play tunes. If you have the patience and perseverance to put into establishing some groundwork, you will be greatly rewarded by the erhu’s charming tone.

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An iconic Chinese instrument, its shimmering celestial tones are familiar to the ears of many. The guzheng is one of the easiest Chinese instruments to pick up. Just in the first lesson you would be play a simple tune. One of the drawbacks is that the guzheng compared to other instruments take up quite a bit of room; it would easily take up two seats in a family car with its total length of 165cm, and would take up almost as much space as a piano when in your home. If you want an instrument that is easy to learn, and if you have the space for it, the guzheng would be a great choice for you.

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The guqin is a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favoured by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement, as well as being associated with the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. The guqin is not to be confused with the guzheng which has 21 strings, and is much larger. Guqin music is typically slower and quieter, and might not suit the tastes of learners who prefer to play more upbeat music.

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You will always know when your neighbour is learning the Dizi. It is loud and has a distinct tone. The Dizi is one of the most prominent Chinese wind Instruments. Made of bamboo, it is also one of the lightest and most portable Chinese instruments. Be it playing at home or overseas, the dizi’s small size and light weight makes it great for carrying around. The dizi typically plays beautiful and lyrical melodies, as it is commonly used as a solo or lead instrument within an ensemble or Chinese orchestra. It also serves as the foundation for other chinese wind instrument such as Xiao, Xun, Bawu, Hulusi, and more.

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The Pipa is the instrument with probably the most playing techniques, and its amphibious character and myriad of tones make it one of the most interesting Chinese musical instruments. It can mimic many instruments from the Indian sitar all the way to the Japanese shamisen. Leave your friends and family dumbstruck when you show the various techniques and tones of the pipa. One of the drawbacks is that it can be rather heavy, with some instruments weight north of four kilograms. If you can get past its weight, the pipa would a great instrument to jam with your friends or for your own enjoyment with a cup of tea. Click here to learn more about Pipa lessons
Both the Ruan and Liuqin have similar playing techniques, though they sound quite different from each other. They are easy to pick up and are portable, just like a guitar. The one drawback is the lack of repertoire for these instruments, making it a little more difficult to find scores and music for it. However, at Eight Tones Music, our teachers will go the extra mile to find you your scores. Click here to learn more about Zhongruan lessons
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