The Best Music Classes for Kids and Teens in Hong Kong
Published 09 October 2023 at 09:00
It's scientifically proven that music education is beneficial for children, even if they're not particularly musical. Actively making music helps to fire up the imagination of children, boosts self-esteem and self-discipline, and results in improvements to concentration and listening skills. Almost all children enjoy the opportunity to perform in concerts and plays. Playing or singing in any type of ensemble or orchestra means your child is a part of a team. It fosters co-operation and mutual support, plus promotes the importance of working with others towards a common goal.
We know how tricky it can be to choose the right school or tutor that provides the highest quality music education for their students, especially when you're a parent who works through your daily routine. That's why we've taken the time to handpick a selection of the most reputable music schools and independent music classes in Hong Kong.
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SonicInsights has been a well-known provider of fast and efficient training of Hong Kong's electronic music producers and Djs since 2011.
The main goal here is to teach a student how to give full reign to their imagination and creativity when composing music. The creative process starts as soon as a student arrives at the studio so a student can delve into the musical composition right off the bat.
The duration of the course is 10 hours and all young musicians are able to create an original, exciting, finished piece of music within this timeframe. The secret is in the holistic approach to teaching that accompanies a student on each step, from the initial idea to recording all the music. So, students learn to implement tried and tested, fun processes for idea creation using synthesizers, sampling, and other modern recording techniques.
All courses are private tuition sessions (1-2 students per class) to ensure an individual approach to every student, adjusting to the student’s personality, goals, musical taste, and current ability. In turn, this ensures that the end result is the student leaves inspired and empowered with the full process to go forward and continue making music on their own.
Since 2011, SonicInsights has taught hundreds of students and some of them have signed music to top record labels. So do not miss a chance to develop a solid foundation for your kids’ creative mindset!
- Junior Sonic Adventures: Ages 9 -11;
- Electronic Music Production CORE: Ages 12 and up;
Contacts: WhatsApp +(852) 6688241, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 2/F, 31 C-D Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.Find Out More
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The story of TUTMusic Group started in 2017 and today it is a real music empire with the TUTMusic Platform, TUTMusic School, TUTKids, and TUTMusic Store. There are more than 300 teachers, a teaching center and a musical instrument store in Mong Kok.
The team of TUTMusic is a group of young but experienced and knowledgeable instructors who are passionate about their work. They are eager to inspire Hong Kong’s community to get the most out of music's benefits to youth and adults.
Here, learning is based on the belief that everyone has a talent for music.
The level of professionalism of the tutors is beyond question as they all obtained the highest performance level certificate from the Central Conservatory of Music at the very least.
Here, children and adults can learn to play various musical instruments like cello, violin, and flute, learn the essentials of composition, and take singing lessons.
Courses dedicated to Chinese traditional instruments deserve separate recognition. Teachers of TUTMusic offer such lessons:
- Guzheng: Group lessons for adults (groups of up to 4 people) and 1-to-1 individual lessons (for kids and adults).
- Erhu: group lessons for adults (1-4 pax) and 1-to-1 individual lessons for kids and adults.
- Dizi: group lessons for adults (up to 4 people) and 1-to-1 individual lessons for kids and adults.
These lessons build a strong foundation for mastering the chosen instrument and the activities of the lessons include music learning, basic skills training, music theory, sight-singing and ear training, ensemble training, etc. The learning process is structured from simple to complex so it is easy to keep up. Also, attentive teachers select personalized exercises based on the students’ skills to ensure the best possible results.
And, the instructors here encourage students to participate in various performances, competitions and exams as it improves their performance skills and boosts their confidence.
Do not miss a chance to enroll your kids in trial lessons in traditional musical instruments! Now TUTMusic offers a trial lesson at a discount: 100 HKD for 30-minute sessions to try 1 instrument.
Fees: starting from 215 HKD per lesson.
Contacts: WhatsApp 5544 7164, email@example.com.
Location: Room 04, 19th Floor, Weida Commercial Building, 1A-1L Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon (Exit E of Mongkok MTR Station, Exit A of Yau Ma Tei MTR Station)Find Out More
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Sol Passion Music is Hong Kong's #1 Electronic Music School & Bespoke Booking Agency, located conveniently in Quarry Bay.
Different from classical methods of music teaching, Sol Passion offers a fun, exciting and modern twist to learning music. Children are taken on a journey where theory, practicality and creativity go hand in hand. We offer a range of courses as well as offer tailored instructing to cater to any child’s level and requirements.
All classes are one-on-one or two-on-one tutoring and we have a selection of well trained instructors so children are given full attention and customisation to suit all children’s needs. As a result, children are left feeling confident and uplifted with inspiration for future music endeavours as well as a long term benefit on their own personal growth. Currently, we have instructors that can teach in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi and Nepalese.
After successful completion of our courses, children are gifted with a certificate of completion, the ability to mix songs and/or an original piece depending on the selected course.
Our facility is also spacious and comfortable with friendly receptionists, an open plan waiting area, 4 different styled studios, a classroom and multiple plants to help regulate the air.
Teens can experience what it’s like to be a DJ in this inspiring, fun, hands-on experience. This course includes 1x 90 minute session with one-on-one instructing or two-on-one instructing if they have a friend or sibling they would like to bring! The intro lesson also includes a bonus 1-hour prac room hire time. Here, kids can learn the essentials of modern electronic music performance and find out what skills & knowledge are necessary for building a solid foundation in the art of DJing. No prior requisites required.
Fees: from 900 HKD
During lessons here students will learn how to instantly start making music and beginning the creative process. They will work in Ableton Live, the software used for music creation, get an overview of this platform and its possibilities, and learn the basic workflow and structure of music production. This course includes 1x 90 minute session with one-on-one instructing or two-on-one instructing if they have a friend or sibling they would like to bring! The intro lesson also includes a bonus 1-hour prac room hire time.
Fees: from 900 HKD.
Kids DJ Intro lesson: Let your kids take control of the DJ Booth with this fun & interactive course. Children get to learn music theory in a modern way, as well as character-building performance skills without the pressure.
Kids Music Making Intro lesson: This fun filled music making introduction is designed to release the full creative potential of kids. They can look forward to exploring various instruments and recording techniques and making music right from the start. This is a very hands on, interactive program for all kids enthusiastic or interested in music.
Fees: from 800 HKD.
Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org, Whatsapp/call +852 9422 0367.
Location: 4F, Tung Kin Factory Building, 200-202 Tsat Tsz Mui Rd, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong Island.Find Out More
Photo Credit: Suzuki Music Institute HK
'I was referred by many of my friends to the reputable Suzuki “mother-tongue” approach a year ago. What massively impresses me are the concerts held throughout the year that help to build up confidence in budding musicians and raise their self-esteems. My son's achievement in the past year is so unexpectedly remarkable that it almost seems magical to me,' says Ingrid, a happy mother of a 5-year-old student.
It's very easy to see why. At Suzuki Music Institute their mission is to bring joy to children's lives by creating the right environment for learning cello and violin. They are proud to offer the internationally-celebrated Suzuki Method, a music curriculum and teaching philosophy, developed in the mid-20th century by Japanese violinist, pedagogue, educator and humanitarian Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
Director Dr. Evelyn Osborne, who joined Suzuki Music Institute HK back in August 2015 from Canada, is a reflection of this method. A passionate Suzuki educator and violinist, she has experienced first-hand how Suzuki musical community nurtures children to develop noble hearts and play beautiful music. The faculty boasts international musicians with high-level training in how to work with young children and their families.
In Suzuki philosophy, there is a real focus on playing an instrument from a very young age. To accomplish this, families participate in regular concerts and special events throughout the year. Students are encouraged to not only focus on their own playing, but also to learn by listening and watching others. This develops their motivation to perform to a high level from their early years. Parents and children work together to learn the fundamentals of music, and violin or cello in particular. With parents' help at home and during the lessons children can both excel and cultivate a love of music. With no exams, competitions or prize-giving, Suzuki Music Institute appears to be the antithesis of the exam culture, yet it still yields impressive results and radiates an authentic sense of joy for the art of music.
- STEP 1: Infant Toddler Music for children aged 0-3;
- STEP 2: Pre-Instrument for 3-year-olds;
- STEP 3: Instrumental Programme Cello/Violin/Viola/Piano for children aged 4-7;
Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 6pm, Saturdays 9am to 2pm;
Location: Pacific Plaza, Suite 1107-1108, 418 Des Voeux Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong.
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M.int Academy was built by musicians and for musicians. Its name M.int Academy is short for Music International Academy, but it would be disingenuous not to equate M.int Academy to a mint leaf – a strong yet subtle plant that can be a central ingredient when required. The students here are naturally bright and treated as the unique individuals and musicians that they are. The children have an enviable array of facilities at their fingertips and performing opportunities that motivate them to excel whatever their level of passion, talent and excellence. Under the watchful eye of academically focused co-founders Andrea and Philippa Wong, M.int Academy helps develop students into well-rounded and accomplished musicians through a variety of year-round musical events including concerts, recitals and masterclasses.
And the teachers' professionalism is paramount here. The facilities house an international faculty from top music conservatories around the world. All of the teachers are recognised for their numerous accolades and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in musical education. The directors are stating that there is no one-size-fits-all syllabus or teaching method to suit everyone. The classes are versatile and designed for musicians of all ages and abilities. A personal consultation with a proposed instructor reassures parents that their child's potential will be identified and fulfilled wherever their skills, interests, and passions lie.
The students are able to perform in front of their peers, families and professional musicians at every stage of their musical development. M.int Academy's unique approach, care and expert teaching all culminate in a celebration of music and lasting musical memories you wouldn't find anywhere else.
Opening times: Monday, Friday 3pm - 7pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 10.30am - 7.30pm; Saturday 9am - 6pm;
Location: 19/F, Casey Aberdeen House, 38 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong.
Photo Credit: Hong Kong Music Academy
The Hong Kong Music Academy (HKMA) is unashamedly proud of its stellar results in nurturing all-round, professional musicians with qualifications that are internationally recognised. Those who decide to fly the nest go on to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and world-renowned conservatories. To meet increasing demand, this progressive and proactive music school provides students with the best tuition by experienced musicians, fully qualified and well-trained teachers. The curriculum includes a combination of regular instrumental courses, music theory lessons, aural training and children's playgroups.
The director and chief conductor Ray Tsoi is credited with much of the school's success. Being a violinist, violist and conductor, he has given recitals and performed with many orchestras in North America, Europe and Asia. It is no accident that the school has a large number of visiting musicians from internationally reputed orchestras and they offer HKMA's students a chance to perform together or attend their masterclasses.
The orchestras and ensembles tailored for different levels of young players are an important part of the students’ music during an academic year. The children are happy to maximise their stage experience and demonstrate their music talents through the concerts, music camps and tours.
Location: Office: 8/F Wai Hing Building, 146 Prince Edward Road West Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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When parents and experts tell us that the Junior Music Programme at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is the most comprehensive programme for talented young people in Hong Kong, they're not exaggerating. It is evident that musicians must begin to discipline themselves and nurture their talents at an early age. Parents feel incredibly lucky to watch their children's artistic gifts and technical skills flourish at the Academy.
Although this programme requires considerable devotion and seriousness by students dedicated to their study in music, there is an undeniably cosy family feel to the Academy. In addition to individual instruction on the student's instrument, the curriculum includes musicianship classes and ensemble activities, and offers many opportunities for public performance. Plenty of the students pursue music training at tertiary level. Such students are excited to be able to apply for the Bachelor of Music Programme after completing Senior Secondary Three and Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination.
This does not mean that every child is expected to seek a professional career in music. Parents praise the fact that their children have been lucky enough to gain the knowledge and skills to become appreciative audiences and amateur musicians, and understand the value of music in their lives.
Location: 1 Gloucester Rd, 852 Hong Kong.