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.
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
To Fulfil Academic Requirements
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.
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.
Benefits of Learning Chinese Instruments
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
A local examination board that is recognized and accepted by academic and fine arts institutions in Singapore and abroad. Sixteen instruments available for examinations.
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Central Conservatory of Music grading examinations (established in 1949), held locally by NAFA since 1991, an internationally certified programme.
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Our Niche Programmes:
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!
Why Choose Us?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can learn the a Chinese Musical Instrument even without a background in music.
No, Chinese Instrument can be easy to master. Have a chat with our staff to learn more. Contact Us now
It is flexible and we can accommodate to your schedule. Most students take weekly lessons with us.
We do both individual and group lessons. However, we recommend individual lessons, 1 student to 1 teacher.
Group lessons are taught; however, groups have to be formed on your own. Kindly note that group lessons are limited to a maximum of 4 students.
Our teachers are able to speak both English and Mandarin well.
Yes, however, if you wish to switch teachers, this can be arranged.
Sure, our teachers are able to teach English and Chinese pop and jazz.
You can purchase a Chinese instrument at our music school. Your teacher will be able to advise you to purchase a suitable one.
Trial Chinese Instrumental lessons are offered one time per instrument and to be paid after lesson. If you are unavailable to come for trial lesson, you have to inform the school within 24 hours. Failure to do so will result in a prepaid trial lesson for your next booking.
Mode of payment we accepted are cash, NETS, cheque, PayNow and bank transfer.