The Guqin (古琴: lit. “ancient zither”), a 3000 year old seven-string zither, is one of the oldest and most revered of Chinese musical instruments, and occupies a vital position in the history of Chinese culture. The Guqin was developed as an instrument of leisurely refinement and self-cultivation played by the nobility, the literati and the landed gentry, who played it either for a select group of friends or for oneself in an intimate setting such as a scholar’s study for meditative purposes, as well as in nature.
Guqin music is soothing and contemplative, and can be played by people of all ages. Learn guqin through utilizing original course materials and a specially-designed syllabus put together by our highly qualified guqin teachers, available exclusively here at Eight Tones Music School.
Guqin in Singapore
Guqin has been sidelined for the past three decades as it is not part of the Chinese orchestras. However, in Singapore today, the Guqin has gotten more and more popular, thanks to the proliferation of Chinese dramas and movies.
All our guqin teachers are Singaporean, and hail from strong backgrounds in their own respective fields: Dr Hoh holds a PhD in Music Composition, Dr Khoo holds a PhD in Chinese History, and Ms. Soh holds a degree in Anthropology.
Being a one-stop guqin shop in Singapore, you can learn guqin here, and also purchase your guqin as well as music scores and accessories here. Furthermore, for a nominal fee, you can rent a studio at our music school to practice the guqin after or before your guqin lessons.
*Trial Guqin lesson is chargeable at $60
What You Will learn
During guqin lessons you will learn classical pieces from the traditional Guqin repertoire as well as contemporary compositions such as movie theme songs. Our guqin teachers will keep you comfortable by teaching at your pace, depending on your commitment levels.
In Singapore, our guqin classes teach both pop and classical Chinese adult music lessons. Pop guqin lessons include music by Jay Chou, Ed Sheeran, and many other artists. Classical guqin lesson offerings include traditional Chinese pieces such as Jiu Kuang, Mei Hua San Nong, Liu Shui and other ancient tunes and folk songs.
How Guqin Lessons Are Conducted
Our guqin classes are available daily. Our music school’s flexible schedule allows you to have your guqin classes at the most convenient timings so as not to compromise your personal arrangements. Coming for our guqin lessons you do not have to bring a guqin along as guqins are provided in our music school. With more than 50 guqin classes conducted weekly, rest assured that our guqin teachers are well equipped to fully see to your learning needs and objectives.
Guqin LessonIndividual lessons starting from
Traditional / Pop Music
The Guqin is not commonly found in Chinese orchestras. If you would like to join a Chinese orchestra and participate in Chinese Orchestra performances, click here to take a look at our other Chinese instrument lessons.