Chinese Instrument Lessons

**COVID-19 update from Ministry Of Education (25/3): The Chinese Instrument Lessons are now available only for adults. Find out more here.**

Did you know that the oldest Chinese instrument (Xun) dates all the way back to 7,000 years ago?

However the modern day Chinese Orchestra was only first developed out of Jiangnan sizhu ensemble in the 1920s into a form that is loosely based on the structure and principles of a Western Symphony Orchestra but using Chinese instruments.

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Contrary to popular believes, learning Chinese instruments is not so much different compared to learning Western instruments, because of modern day developments.

You can play Chinese Instruments using the Western stave notated scores, and on top of that, you can also learn the Chinese jian pu which makes learning so much EASIER and FUN. 

You can even learn some top hit mandopop and drama series theme songs with Chinese musical instruments. Check out our pop instrumental music course here.

If you already have Western music background, picking up Chinese Instrument will be easier, however you DO NOT need any background to start learning. Chinese Music is for everyone. You do not need Western theory lessons to start learning, however for a deeper understanding of music, you can also sign up for our Music Theory Course.

Aims Of Learning Chinese Instruments

For Leisure

  • As stress reliever
  • As a hobby
  • To acquire additional skills
  • To strengthen micro motor ability in the fingers, hands, and wrists
  • To improve various cognitive and mental abilities
  • To enrich one’s life through music
  • To strengthen one’s own understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture
  • To be able to join a Chinese Orchestra and reap its social and musical benefits

To Fulfil Academic Requirements

  • Chinese Instruments Grading Exams
    - NTU Confucius Institute Exams,
    - NAFA Central Conservatory of Music
  • MEP GCE ‘O’Levels /’A’ Levels Examinations
  • IB music (in selected schools)
  • Direct School Admissions (secondary schools and JCs)

Communication and goal setting is vital in effective learning. By understanding your learning objectives, our teachers will tailor the courses to suit the learning needs of different students.

You may opt to play an instrument for leisure, as a means of enriching your own life and scope of interests. We believe in keeping music education really fun and simple. Chinese instruments are relatively simple to learn, versatile and can even play cool pop music.

Rest assured that our teachers are well-equipped to teach children and adults. They will also give you regular feedback on your progress so that you can track your learning journey.

As a Chinese music instruments school dedicated to raising the standards of local Chinese orchestra music through education, we have a robust teaching team of more than 30 Singaporean teachers who are specially equipped to help you excel in the Chinese orchestra instrument of choice. Be it learning how to pluck the Guzheng, Pipa, Zhongruan, bow the Erhu / Gaohu, or play the Chinese Flute (Dizi / Xiao) our chinese music lessons are tailored to fit the learning needs and ability of each and every individual. 

At Eight Tones Music School, you’re never too old or too young to learn a musical instrument.

Chinese Musical Instruments Facilities

Our rooms are climate controlled and acoustically treated. Equipped with full back music stands, the professionally designed studios also allow optimal sound reflection, to achieve the highest standards of practice.  With a variety of high quality Chinese music instruments to be used during lessons (instruments provided during lessons – Erhu, Guzheng, Guqin, Liuqin, Zhong Ruan), learning Chinese instruments will not be a hard task.

Lessons Conducted

Boasting more than 10 studios available for lessons and practice, we offer a range of instruments typically found in a Chinese Orchestra, ranging from the Erhu, Guzheng, Dizi to Ruan.

Lessons can be conducted individually or in groups (2-5), and can be conducted in both English and Mandarin.

Chinese Instrumental Classes available

Lesson Rates

GradeLesson Duration (individual)Lesson Rates
1 – 345minsS$40
4 – 645minsS$50
4 – 660minsS$60
7 – 8/960minsS$75

Prices are net, GST is not applicable

*Different rates apply, contact us now to find out more!

If you are unsure of which Chinese instrument is best suited for you, you can join our workshop by clicking here to find out more.

Our Teachers

With a background in Chinese Orchestra music, our teachers are adept in a large number of repertoires, and are able to tailor the curriculum to match the student’s learning ability. Be it for leisure or as an examinable subject, our teachers will make sure learning is FUN and STRESS-FREE, as long as you follow our proven methods in your learning journey.


Know More About Chinese Musical Instruments Graded Examinations

NTU confucius Institute logo

The Teng Academy - Confucius Institute Nanyang Technologcal University

A local examination board that is recognized and accepted by academic and fine arts institutions in Singapore and abroad. Sixteen instruments available for examinations.
Click Here to learn more

NAFA logo

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) - Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing (CCOM)

Central Conservatory of Music grading examinations (established in 1949), held locally by NAFA since 1991, an internationally certified programme.
Click Here to learn more

Our Niche Programmes

Guqin Programme

We are one of the two schools in Singapore that offer Guqin lessons. With PhD certified teachers in Music Composition  and Chinese History, coupled with a combined teaching experience of more than half a decade, one will be trained as a well-rounded musician in the pursuit of their passion.

Music Elective Programme (MEP) and IB Music

Chinese Music is offered as a component of the Music Elective Programme (MEP) and IB Music programme, with Eight Tones Music School’s students producing stellar results since its inception in 2018. Currently, students taking the MEP “O” or “A” levels or IB music in selected institutions may opt to use Chinese instruments to fulfil their performance requirement, whether as a primary instrument, secondary instrument, as a part of the ensemble requirement.

Eight Tones Music School also supports MEP and IB music students by offering academic tuition in addition to Chinese instrumental performing lessons.  Please visit the Academic Tuition page for more details.

Our school also provides various configurations of Chinese instrumental ensembles or collaborative pianists in order to fulfil the ensemble requirements for the performing component of your MEP or IB course.  Please contact us for more details.

Let us help you ace your MEP ‘O’ levels and ‘A’ levels or IB music!

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