ERHU LESSONS

Singapore

If you are looking at learning how to play the Chinese Erhu, you have come to the right place!

The Erhu is one of the oldest solo instruments in the Chinese orchestra, capable of producing soulful tunes as well as happy tunes.

One of the struggles of learning the Erhu is the steep learning curve, especially if you are learning on your own.

In Eason Music we have a pool of experienced teachers to guide you along, so that you learn the proper way of playing the Erhu!

6 Reasons To Learn Erhu

ERHU
CHINESE VIOLIN

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WHY EASON MUSIC?

6 reasons why you should learn from us

CHOOSE YOUR OBJECTIVES

In Eason Music we recognise that different people have different objectives when learning the Erhu.
Thus the choice is yours to choose to learn for leisure or for exams.

Leisure

When you learn for leisure, you can have a stress free learning experience by choosing the types of songs that you want to learn. You pick up the basics of the instrument through learning your choice songs.

Exams

When you learn for exams, you have a choice of either following the examination syllabus of Teng-CI-NTU Chinese instrumental examination or NAFA Chinese instrumental examination. Instructors will formulate lesson plans based on either syllabus.

TENG NTU-CI Exam Syllabus

Beginner Erhu Lessons

This stage is for Grade 1-3 (Based on Teng - CI - NTU - Chinese instrumental examination).

During this stage, you should be able to achieve:
* Proper performing postures and techniques of using both hands
* Able to perform D major, G major and F major on the first positioning, keeping proper pitch and intonation
* Able to make use of smooth movements and co-ordinations of the arm, forearm and wrist to achieve the right hand bow techniques, and fully utilize the entire bow length
* Proper left hand posture with better finger strength control
* Able to apply vibrato(rouxian) and simple changing of the strength in expression
* Master the correct performing techniques on the 3 finger positions and to be smooth when changing positions

Grade 1 repertoire:
Ma Yi La (玛依拉), Feng Yang Hua Gu (凤阳花鼓), Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang (男儿当自强), Xiao Xing Xing (小星星)

Grade 2 repertoire:
Sen Ji De Ma (森吉德玛), Nan Ni Wan (南泥湾), Yang Ge Diao (秧歌调), Mo Li Hua (茉莉花)

Grade 3 repertoire:
Xiao Hua Gu (小花鼓), Zu Guo De Hua Duo (祖国的花朵), Mu Ren De Kuai Le (牧人的快乐), La Luo Tuo (拉骆驼)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Intermediate Erhu Lessons

This stage is for Grade 4-6 (Based on Teng - CI - NTU - Chinese instrumental examination).

During this stage, you should be able to achieve:
* Master the techniques of fast bowing (kuaigong) and fast changing from one string to the other.
* Able to perform song pieces in the key of C major
* Able to change finger positions in a smooth manner, with good control of pitch and sense of rhythm
* Able to perform common Erhu techniques such as portamento(huayin) and vibrato(rouxian)
* Perform slow bowing with strength, giving it a full tone
* Skillful co-ordination of both hands, performing pieces with a certain level of presentation

Grade 4 repertoire:
Liang Xiao (良宵), The River's Tide (大河涨水沙浪沙), Guang Ming Xing (光明行), Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye (春江花月夜)

Grade 5 repertoire:
Dance of the Ami Tribe (阿美族舞曲), Harvest Happiness (喜送公粮), Purple Bamboo Tune (紫竹调), Listening to the Pines (听松)

Grade 6 repertoire:
Chun Shi (春诗), Song of Birds in a Desolate Mountain (空山鸟语), Sunan Ditty (苏南小曲), Qin Feng (秦风)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

Advanced Erhu Lessons

This stage is for Grade 7-8 (Based on Teng - CI - NTU - Chinese instrumental examination).

During this stage, you should be able to achieve:
* Master the techniques of fast bowing (kuaigong) and fast changing from one string to the other.
* Able to perform song pieces in the key of C major
* Able to change finger positions in a smooth manner, with good control of pitch and sense of rhythm
* Able to perform common Erhu techniques such as portamento(huayin) and vibrato(rouxian)
* Perform slow bowing with strength, giving it a full tone
* Skillful co-ordination of both hands, performing pieces with a certain level of presentation

Grade 7 repertoire:
Ditty of Henan (河南小曲), Reflection of the Moon on Erquan (二泉映月), Hopes of Honghu People (洪湖人民的心愿), Spring Scenery of Jiang Nan (江南春色)

Grade 8 repertoire:
Autumn Moon over the Han Palace (汉宫秋月), The Great Wall Cappricio - Third Movement Memorial Ceremony for Fallen Defenders (长城随想 第三乐章- 忠魂祭), Three Variations of the Parting at Yangguan (阳光三叠), The Lan Hua Hua Rhapsody (兰花花叙事曲)

*Progress depends on individual's efforts*

MEET OUR ERHU TEACHERS!

our team

A student is only as good as her teacher. We only work with qualified and dedicated teachers


Chin Yen Choong


Yen Choong is currently the concert master and gaohu musician of the Ensemble. Yen Choong started learning the Erhu from Ms Xu Wenjing in 1999. A highly talented musician, he quickly acquired a high level of skill in the instrument. He is also currently a conductor and instructor of various schools.

Deborah Siok


She picked up the erhu when she turned nine, under the tutelage of renowned erhu master, Zhang Yu Ming. In six years, she attained Diplomas in erhu performance from the NUS Centre for the Arts as well as the NAFA-CCOM Chinese Instrumental Exams. She also holds a Grade 8 ABRSM certificate in piano performance, and is currently under the tutelage of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s concertmaster, Li Baoshun.

Ng Rui Jun


Rui Jun started taking erhu lessons from Ms Wang Jing in 2007. In 2009, he continued his studies under the tutelage of Ms Shen Qin, obtaining a Grade 8 Certificate of Distinction in the graded examination conducted by the Central Conservatory of Music in the same year.

Chen Ning


CHEN NING started learning the erhu at the tender age of 10, under the tutelage of Xu Wenjing. Her keen interest in the instrument led her to join the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Erhu Lessons Information

You can opt to take Erhu lessons at our studios at CT Hub 2, or at the comfort of your home. Different rates apply.
STUDIO
Location
CT Hub 2
Timing
Your preferred timing
Duration
45 to 60 minutes per session
Fees

1 month = 4 lessons (1 to 1 lesson)

  • Beginner: SGD 160 (45min)/month
  • Intermediate: SGD 203.30 (45min)/month
  • Advanced: SGD 235.40 (45min)/month
  • Advanced: SGD 313.90 (60min)/month
  • Diploma: SGD 356.70 (60min)/month

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HOME
Location
Your preferred location
Timing
Your preferred timing
Duration
45 to 60 minutes per session
Fees
1 month = 4 lessons

  • Beginner: SGD 278.20 (45min)/month
  • Intermediate: SGD 310.30 (45min)/month
  • Advanced:SGD 342.40 (45min)/month
  • Advanced: SGD 420.90 (60min)/month
  • Diploma: SGD 463.00 (60min)/month

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Book a Trial!

Not sure if it is for you? Take a one time trial Erhu lesson!

What Our Students Say

  • Throughout these 2 years of learning the Erhu from Xiao Jin, I feel that she is always helpful and really nice with me, thus making me enjoy the lessons. I am constantly strengthening my erhu skills under Xiao Jin, and also got good results for the grading exams. Eason Music School is at a convenient place for us as our family usually go to that area on the day of our lessons for lunch.
    I. Low
    Singapore
  • Tracy Ki
    Chen Ning is very patient and dedicated in teaching me the Erhu. I like the way she studies why I'm not getting certain techniques correct and patiently guides me even though I repeat my mistakes. I have improved over time but I'm far from being able to play independently, however slowly but surely I am sure I'll be able to! I like the location and Eason Music offers flexibility to change your lesson timing if you are unable to attend lessons. Thank you Eason!
    Tracy Ki
    Singapore
  • I have been learning the Erhu from Liyang since 2019. His instructions and teachings are clear and he knows his stuff well. He is eager to teach more when the student shows ability to move further. In short, Liyang is a strict instructor who sets expectation on his student and corrects the mistakes instantly. Now, I can play the song from any score and eagerly improve on the intonation each time I practice! Eason Music isa place where Chinese Music is appreciated and sought. The instruments parts and scores are easily available for purchase and replacement. Repairs can also be done at Eason, which is a plus.
    Z. Ong
    Singapore
  • Xiaojin is an affable person with considerable expertise in Erhu. It has been about 3 years since I started to learn under her tutelage. She usually motivates and encourages me to not give up. Albeit my chinese is mediocre, I personally feel that communication wasn’t much of an issue during lessons as Xiaojin’s understanding of English is rather great. I have more confidence in playing the Erhu now, without the need to mark the notes on my Erhu, unlike before. Eason offers flexible timings, which is great for my busy schedule, and the staff are always cordial!
    J. Tan
    Singapore
  • Terence Lim
    Xiaojin is patient, engaging, well-organised and experienced. She is also encouraging and supportive of her students. I got to learn many classical tunes I like from the NAFA syllabuses. The skills and knowledge helps me to prepare to play my favourite tunes in the future, in my free time. i like the conducive environment at Eason Music School as well the home-based learning, which was implemented during COVID-19. The school also sells a variety of Erhu and accessories. The instructors and staffs are friendly and approachable. There are many opportunities to explore and improve the learning experience of students, and Eason Music School has done very well.
    Terence Lim
    Singapore
  • My daughter, Emi, is learning the Erhu from Deborah. She kindly show how to play the Erhu and made it easy to understand for Emi. Deborah's playing is very beautiful. Emi is shy, but likes her very much. Because of Deborah, Emi is interested in music now. Thank you!
    Motomochi Nozomi
    Singapore
  • Deborah is very encouraging, and specific in pointing out areas for improvement during the lesson. My confidence level has gone up and playing has improved a lot. Eason Music also has good flexibility in lesson time as I have work commitments, and might not be able to make it for certain lessons.
    P. Tan
    Singapore
  • Within these 2 years of learning the Erhu under Deborah, I would say that I am happy with my progress and can play some of the songs that I particularly like. Deborah is patient and clear in her instructions, which is easy for me to understand and digest them during lesson so my practices can be effective. Eason Music School also has flexibility in the timing of the lessons! Staff there also also friendly and helpful.
    Goh B.
    Singapore

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