For your budding maestro.
Music can open up a world of opportunities and can ignite a life long passion for kids. Music also helps kids to develop a wide range of skills such as fine motor skills, discipline, language capacity, social and emotional intelligence, logic and more. If your child shows interest in music then it’s never to early to get your child involved. Thankfully, Hong Kong isn’t short of music lesson offerings. Many of the centres here have a range of classes and tutors to help your young musician master any instrument. Sassy Mama has gathered all the details you’ll need to get your child involved in music.
Early Childhood Music Lessons
Music Lessons For Older Kids
Woodwinds And Brass Instrument Lessons
Chinese Musical Instrument Lessons
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions and most music studios have now moved to smaller, in-person or online classes or have temporarily stopped taking on students. Please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Early Childhood Music Lessons
Get your child involved in music early with these early childhood music programmes that are suitable for kids aged 0 to 4 years.
The Jingle Jangle programme was created for babies and kids aged 6 to 36 months. With two locations, one in Sai Kung and the other in Hang Hau, it’s easy to get your child involved in this music and movement class. With Jingle Jangle’s main aim of having fun, kids will engage in musical activities to pique and expand their interest in music.
Jingle Jangle, 9-11 Wan King Path, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
Kindermusik is an international programme that originated in Germany in 1978 by a man named Dan Pratt. He wanted to create a research-based course in which young children could learn through music with the idea to transform children’s learning through movement and instrumental play and to expand and positively impact their brain development. Kindermusik took off and now has classes all over the world. There are a variety of venues here in Hong Kong offering the Kindermusik programme that has different levels that are appropriate for kids aged 0 to 7 years of age.
YWCA International Kids Club, 3/F, 1 Macdonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong, clle.ywca.org.hk
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Music Lessons For Older Kids
In the first few years, it’s often parents who push their kids into trying some music lessons. After a while though, the initiative will come from the musically-inclined child himself/herself. There will be more focus and perhaps, the desire to learn more about performance. These are some of the places that can help your tween or teen.
Created to help cultivate passion and community with youths in music, The Living Room holds group and private lessons in Sai Kung as well as online, in drums, guitar, piano and more for all ages. The Living Room also holds a Rock School during the summer and major holidays for kids aged seven to 16 years of age allowing kids to collaborate and play with others in a comfortable environment. You can also have your child and their friends sign up for regular rock band training if you have a group of three or four. This unique and creative environment is the perfect place to get the opportunity to play cover songs, understand band dynamics, start songwriting and learn the elements of performance.
At the AMUSIX studio in Wan Chai, there is a fully outfitted rock band stage, an intimate family-room style stage and a lounge and resting area for students and parents to enjoy music together. The centre gives students the opportunity to try different types of instruments, including guitar, drums, bass, piano and ukulele (it also offers voice lessons). Three music shows are organised annually, giving students the opportunity to experience the vibe of being in a band with fellow students and live accompaniment. Apart from instrument lessons, AMUSIX also develops students’ interest in songwriting, music production and video production.
If your child is more interested in music production, recording and arrangement, you could look at Sol Passion Music. It has been at the forefront of electronic music education, performance and technology in Hong Kong for the last seven years. Kids’ classes include learning to DJ and the music-making course where they get to explore various instruments and recording techniques.
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The piano is a popular and essential instrument to learn how to play if you want your child to succeed in music. It teaches dexterity and the ability to read music in both treble and bass clef which helps greatly if your child is interested in expanding their musical repertoire to other instruments in the future. Many of the programmes and piano teachers in Hong Kong offer classes for all ages and levels along with music theory, assessments and international grading.
M.int Academy was founded by two Hong Kong sisters who both come from very musical and classically trained backgrounds. The sisters are both acclaimed musicians both holding a DipABRSM in piano, one of their many accolades. The pair wanted to create a premium learning facility for students to learn music. M.int Academy offers an inclusive environment that promotes community, talent, passion and the highest of excellence in music. Private and group lessons are available for kids and adults in piano and other instruments as well. Summer camps are also available for kids as young as two and a half years of age too.
Cedar Academy opened in 2017 with their unique holistic curriculum that stresses on redefining children’s success and the roles of instructors, focusing on a child’s long term goals, valuing intellectual curiosity, creativity, passion, courage, compassion, and gratitude. Cedar Academy offers Music Advancement Programmes in piano, as well a few other instruments. Their unique curriculum can be taught in either English or Cantonese by committed piano teachers. Summer camps are also available for kids aged three to 12 years of age.
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Do you have a rocker in your family? Perhaps your kid really wants to play the electric guitar like their favourite rock star or maybe they love the sound of the acoustic guitar. Whatever sound your child is into there is a guitar lesson for them.
Parkland Music wants to plant the seeds of music with every student and help them grow. Parkland Music also offers some of the most extensive guitar classes in Hong Kong. From rock styles with the electric guitar and bass to classic acoustic, fingerstyle, and even ukulele lessons. Parkland Music also has a stellar kid’s programme just for kids from 2 to 8 years who want to learn the guitar.
Learning from home has definitely become the trend for 2020 so why not have guitar lessons done in the comfort of your own home too? With in-person private or group lessons as well as Skype-based lessons, Guitar Lessons Hong Kong offers quality guitar instruction with a fun approach. Guitar Lessons Hong Kong really want the students to play things that they like as it keeps the students motivated and excited and promises to have the students playing a portion of a song even off their first lesson! Alex Katsumata is an instructor with over 20 years of experience in teaching and performing. While offering lessons for all levels, Guitar Lessons Hong Kong also offers exam courses in preparation for Trinity College music examinations.
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The violin is, without a doubt, the most popular of all the string instruments and it’s easy to see why with its beautiful sound as well as its versatility across various musical genres. Pick up a bow and check out these venues for violin lessons for kids.
The Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute specialises in teaching kids as young as six months to the age of seven the violin and viola, with each age offering a different developmental stage in its programme. The Suzuki method is a non-competitive approach with its main aim to help children fall in love with music. The classes also have an interesting approach as one of the parents is also expected to take part in the lessons to help solidify and build a bond with their children’s interest in music. Its supportive and nurturing atmosphere really fosters a safe and easy environment for your child to excel in violin.
Best Music Academy has been offering violin and viola lessons to kids from 3.5 years of age to adults since 2011. Best Music Academy also has a baby violin class for toddlers and an early childhood programme creating a robust academy where kids can devote their practice to as they get older. Whether your child is interested in a career in music, the pursuit of learning, or the just passion for playing, Best Music Academy can offer instruction and assist in your child’s development and goals.
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If your child has some rhythm and can’t stop drumming and tapping around the house, it’s time they tried their hands on a percussion instrument. You can find a range of classes around Hong Kong for instruments ranging from the regular drums and cymbals to the African djembe.
Drummer’s Studio is a professionally sound-proofed facility with one instructor and one aim, to teach drums. Ho Siu Ki has been running Drummer’s Studio since 2007 teaching his students a variety of styles and materials from acclaimed musical institutions. Ho Siu Ki has an extensive repertoire of education and experience with drums and offers an immensely flexible schedule meant to work around your family’s availability.
The African Drumming and Dance Connection (ADADC) aims to teach people to learn African culture and music. And naturally, nothing quite embodies this better than the intoxicating rhythms of the djembe drum and dancing. Under the guidance of African Master Drummer, Makha Diop, children get to experience this for themselves (they can start really young as pictured above!). Makha, who was born into a community of drummers and dancers in Senegal is a passionate and experienced teacher. These classes use age-old drumming techniques to teach children. The regular kids’ classes are conducted every Wednesday on Lamma Island though you can get in touch for private sessions as well.
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Woodwinds And Brass Instrument Lessons
If your child fancies playing in a concert band there is no shortage of instrument types for them to try. From the flute to the trumpet and classical tunes to jazz, there are a lot of fun options in the woodwinds and brass section.
Tom Lee Music has been a staple music shop and academy since 1953. Along with providing quality instruments of all types for purchase, Tom Lee Music offers lessons out of three of its locations in Hong Kong. With early childhood options for the littles ones, Tom Lee also offers private and group lessons for kids aged six and older in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn and trombone. Tom Lee Music also offers YAMAHA Music Programmes including ones in flute and saxophone.
Tom Lee Music Academy, 1-9 Cameron Lane, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2762 6968
Tom Lee Music Academy, City Centre Building, 144-149 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2519 0238
Parsons Music is another large and successful music chain within Hong Kong. With various locations around Hong Kong, Parsons Music sells musical instruments and offers quality, structured music instruction in a variety of instruments. For woodwinds, Parsons Music has instruction in flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon and for brass instruments, trumpet, trombone, and french horn. Parsons Music aims to nurture musical talents and promote music culture with structured lessons and assessments with recitals and preparations for various music exams to help your child excel.
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Chinese Musical Instrument Lessons
There is a whole world of wonderful and beautiful Chinese instruments that your child can learn to play here in Hong Kong, an option that may be a lot harder to come by outside of Asia. Take this opportunity to enrich your child’s cultural horizons by encouraging them to try an instrument unique to Chinese culture.
Located in Mong Kok, Harmony Music offers a variety of Western and Chinese instruments for sale as well as offering repair services and music lessons, especially with Chinese instruments. Lessons are offered in erhu, zhonghu, guzheng, guqin, pipa, liuqin, zhongruan, yangqin, dizi, xiao, suona, sheng, and even in the ocarina. With individual and group lessons available from professional and qualified instructors, Harmony Music offers a unique musical opportunity for kids.
MusicSage offers the ultimate flexibility when it comes to music lessons with your child. MusicSage is a quality online platform that connects students with instructors in their desired instrument as well as schedule and desired goals. There are over 25 different types of instrument lessons available with MusicSage, including a good selection of Chinese instruments like the dizi, yangqin, guzheng and erhu. Free trials are available meaning you’ve got the freedom to let your child try an instrument first and you can easily filter your search to see the tutor’s teaching area, if any studios they teach at, if they offer online instruction and those who are willing to travel to your home. Accolades and experience of all the tutors are also available to view. Some of the tutors on MusicSage even play for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta!
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If your child is belting out and performing their favourite Disney tunes all the time, explore their natural passion by enrolling them in some voice lessons. Vocal lessons are helpful when it comes theatre, choir, public speaking and more. Kids can learn their favourite pop songs or you can train them down the classical route which teaches them proper technique and form.
Red Vocal Academy offers innovative voice lessons for all ages with two locations here in Hong Kong. Whether your child is looking to join a show choir with vocal performances (for 4 to 23-year-olds) or if they want to start with a private lesson, Red Vocal has qualified voice coaches to hone your child’s vocal skills. Its junior music programme which, is for kids from PN to P6 (preschool to middle school), helps build the musical techniques they’ll need to pass ABRSM examinations while having fun.
Red Vocal, 603 Park Commercial Centre, 180 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 3468 5421
Aspire Music recognises that each voice is unique and works with its students to teach and bring out everyone’s potential, whether singing as a hobby or looking to be professional performers. Lessons are available for all ages with student packages available. Lessons can be done in a group, semi-private or even online to meet your busy family’s schedule. Since the main focus is on fostering an enjoyment of music and performance, there are students shows, regular jam sessions at bars and Christmas markets and opportunities to entertain residents in retirement homes. These opportunities are open to all students regardless of age or ability.
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published by Alex Purcell Garcia on 16, August 2019 and updated by Danielle Roberts on 18, September 2020.
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