Exploring talents through music.
With returning to school on the horizon, it might be a good idea to give your kids something to look forward to once the bell has rung. For some that might mean heading to the sports field, but for others, music training might come into play – it’s the perfect outlet for your little (or big!) ones to explore their creativity. From learning the piano, guitar or even singing, the skills that young maestros pick up through music lessons are instrumental (pun intended) to their future growth and development.
There are, of course, a wide range of options to choose from, but here are a few courses, music schools, tutors and various instruments in the city to get the kids started:
Learning how to play the piano can a little daunting but it can improve your kids’ development – physically, mentally, even socially. Since the piano requires both hands, this actually improves your concentration and coordination skills at the same time.
Parsons Music Academy Premier Piano Course
Start them young at Parsons Music Academy where your kids can hone their musical skills as early as 4 years old, with a huge range of music lessons to choose from. From theory to performance skills, not only does it include formal music education but also allows children to tap into their music potential in a fun and interactive environment. The Kinship Piano Class for 3 to 4 year olds is a great place to start or try the Parsons Premier Piano Course – suitable for 4 years and older. With over 20 locations dotted all over Hong Kong, you’re sure to find a convenient location for you.
Tom Lee Music Academy Piano/Pianoforte Course
Known for its credibility as one of the leading music retail companies, it also paves the way for the next wave of artists from kids to adults alike. Tom Lee Music Academy offers private music lessons with its syllabus following the ABRSM or Trinity College music exams. The best players have the best tools and there’s nothing like letting your little Mozarts learn their sonatas on premium Yamaha pianos. Get started at any age with the Piano/Pianoforte course which covers grades 1 through to 8. If your mini Mozart is looking pretty serious about their ivory-tinkering skills, you can also enrol them in the Master Class course which will guide them on their way to becoming a professional performer.
Tom Lee Music Academy, 1-9 Cameron Lane, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2762 6900
Tom Lee Music Academy, City Centre Building, 144-149 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2519 0238
M.int Academy Private Piano Class
Co-founded by two Hong Kong sisters, M.int Academy was established to provide a place where kids can learn the value of practice, perseverance and performance while receiving top-notch classical music training. With private piano classes (and other music lessons) available from an international team of instructors, your kids will be in good hands.
With classes for 3 to 6-year-olds, students can learn in a group-based setting (45-minute classes) about the structure of the piano, dynamics, rhythms, tempos, performance etiquette and more. There are also private music lessons available (30 minutes) with its teacher Rebekah Lau who has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Piano Performance.
Other piano lessons and teachers
Guitar and ukulele lessons
Are you raising the next Eric Clapton or Joni Mitchell? Or perhaps your little one just loves the rhythm and sound of the strings? Besides the benefits already mentioned, picking up a guitar can relieve stress and help youngsters to make new friends (jam session anyone?). It seems learning the guitar might not be as common as piano and violin at schools, but it’s not to be missed!
Parkland Music Institute Guitar for Kids
Parkland has a huge range of music lessons for kids, from theory to practical in almost any instrument you can think of! Guitar for Kids is the perfect foundation course to nurture younger children’s talent and creativity, with classes available for 2.5 to 8 years old. There’s also acoustic guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and ukulele sessions for older kids.
Lessons include guitar structure and posture, music theory, finger and strumming skills and you can also do grades. There’s even an impromptu performance training to build up their self-confidence. Prices start from $125 per class but there are also deals available when booking a pack (you can also do a first lesson trial for free). You’ll find locations in Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, New Territories and Tseung Kwan O.
Aspire’s main goal is to create a community of musicians among students and teachers, where people can chat, share, jam and enjoy performing together. Whether you’re interested in pop, rock, jazz, funk, soul, folk or musical theatre, budding stars can take the first step towards their musical ambitions. Based in Wong Chuk Hang, this contemporary music school offers music lessons for singing, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Kids can let their creative juices flow with teachers who are a mix of local and international musicians. There are guitar lessons for older children and teens, and guitar, ukulele and bass classes for younger students (6 to 9 years and 10+) available from 30 minutes to 1 hour at a time, prices range from $150 t0 $450 per session.
Aspire Music, Anton Building, 10/F, Anton Building, 1 Anton Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Baron Junior Music Academy Junior Ukulele Class
There’s nothing like learning a pocket-sized instrument for junior learners! The ukulele is the perfect one to start with (pre-guitar) because it fits well in their little hands. Besides basic skills and techniques, students will also have a chance to sing to what they’re strumming along to during these classes. Book 16 lessons as a pack (60 minutes per lesson) for kids age 5 years and up. Alongside ukulele classes, youngsters can also try their hand at the piano, violin, cello and harp!
At home lessons
You can also opt to learn from the comfort of your own home with several options in the city. Teach Me The Guitar offers music lessons to anyone over the age of 4 years old and allows classes to fit conveniently around your schedules ($700/1 hour; $580/45 mins – under 12s only).
Guitar Lessons HK also offers classes at home (as well as via Skype!), but it also has the option of group classes for two to five students combined, which will help with costs. Prices for group and private classes range from $200 to $850 (beginners to advance levels, also exam-prep classes based on Trinity College London’s music exam) and come in 45 to 60-minute sessions.
Other guitar lessons and teachers
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Next to the piano, learning the violin is one of the most common musical instruments to learn in Hong Kong. Like other instruments, it requires tremendous focus and attention but it’s a great one for discipline and perseverance.
Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute
At the Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute, they take pride in child-centred education where it’s important to nurture and cultivate the kids’ musical talent at their own pace. Each week, students have semi-private lessons to train their violin skills and a group class where they learn to play as a team in an ensemble. Best of both worlds! The pre-violin group programme is suitable for 3 year olds, while the beginner violin and viola classes are for ages 4 to 7.
Best Music Academy
Best Music Academy has been motivating and inspiring students in Hong Kong since 2011 offering music lessons in early childhood, music theory, therapy and piano. Its Best Baby Violin programme is an introductory class for 3 to 4 year olds which sets out the basic foundations for learning this instrument, such as note reading, posture, developing good musical habits and a positive attitude – all things needed for solo performances. Once little ones have mastered those skills, or when they are ready for the next step, they can join the Violin and viola introduction course (for 3.5 year olds to adults) when they’ll learn more in-depth knowledge – as well as be able to play some Mozart!
Grazioso Strings Workshop
Established in 2003, Grazioso Strings provides music lessons taught by mostly international teachers who are also associated with the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University and other official bodies. Music lessons range from early years to parent and child violin courses, as well as group or individual violin or viola instruction. Ideal for 3 to 6 year olds and above, contact the company directly for price information.
Other violin lessons and teachers
Nothing says living your best life more than kids beating drums to their heart’s content. Using a range of motion and mind-body coordination, it’s no surprise that practicing the percussion is such a hit with little ones.
The Living Room
This Hong Kong-based social enterprise was established as a safe place in which youngsters (from birth right up to 18 years old) can discover and develop their talents and abilities. Offering summer camps, creative learning classes and life coaching, it also offers music lessons in guitar, piano, bass guitar and ukulele – as well as drum lessons. Choose to take the classes from home or head over to The Living Room for a personal training session (and to save your eardrums from taking a beating!). Private and two-person classes cost $600 for 1 hour and you can do a trial class for free!
Drummer’s Studio is a great option for teens and kids over 4ft – but sadly not for younger children as it teaches with a full-sized drum kit, hence the height restriction (although, we’re sure your little drummers would look super cute sitting behind a full-sized kit for Insta purposes!). For those who can see over the top of the instrument, the tutor will tailor music lessons to every ability and skill level at the Mong Kok location, with prices for individual classes starting from $320 for 30 minutes, $340 for 45 minutes and $360 for 60 minutes.
Parsons Music Academy Little Drummer and Junior Rocker
At Parsons, your kids will have their hands full with the lively and interactive training for basic skills and posture for drum kit performance. They’ll also get to learn rhythm and score-reading technique, a useful skill for any potential dancers and performers. Plus, upon graduation, pupils will also have the chance to perform to show off their newfound skills. The Drum For Children classes take place at the Times Square branch and are suitable for 3 to 6 year olds; you can book a 12-week block (12 lessons, 60 minutes per lesson). While the Pop Music Drums course is for children aged 5 or above and tackles rhythm control and stick gripping among other things.
Other drum lessons and teachers
Vocal coaching and singing lessons
Don’t think we forgot about the aspiring singers out there! After all, your voice can be a powerful instrument, too.
- Check out RED Vocal Academy with its Children’s Programme for ages 4 to 11 and also teens and adults lessons (in case you want to get in on the action as well!).
- For private lessons, vocal coaching, performance training or even online lessons for all levels and ages try Seany Mac Studios.
- Children aged 4 years and up can head to ABC Music Hong Kong to develop their natural voice.
- Promising to offer the opportunity to train with some of the finest singing professionals in Asia, American Vocal Studio offers individual 30-minute singing lessons for children 8 years old and younger ($600), and those 9 years plus (50 minutes/$1,000). They also offer group classes.
Other vocal coaches and singing lessons
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Editors note: Thanks to Abegaile Legaspi for her contribution to this article.