With more than 3,000 years of history, the Guqin (古琴) has been regarded as one of the most important symbols of Chinese culture. It is highly favoured by the Chinese literati as a classic instrument of great subtlety and refinement.
The formation of this instrument has profound meaning and is designed to reflect the “unity of heaven and humanity” in traditional Chinese philosophy. The shape of the Guqin resembles that of a man while each aspect of the instrument is named after a part of nature. The standard length for a Guqin is normally 3 Chǐ (尺), 6 Cùn (寸) and 5 Fēn (分)(approx. 136 cm), symbolising 365 days in a year.
If you like soothing and peaceful tunes that bring you into a mood of contemplation and relaxation, why not learn guqin with us today?
Our in-house curriculum is specially designed to suit all ages. We offer Guqin lessons for beginners and for both groups and individuals (private lessons). The Guqin courses are taught by experienced teachers who are fluent in both English and Chinese.
As students at the Entry Level, you can look forward to mastering basic Guqin fingering techniques such as Open-Strings (散音 Sàn yīn), Harmonics (泛音 Fàn yīn) and Pressed-Strings (按音 Àn yīn) etc. ou will learn how to play traditional musical repertoire like ‘The Three Variations of Plum-Blossom’ (梅花三弄 mei hua san nong), ‘Chant of the Immortal’ (仙翁操 xian weng cao) as well as modern songs like ‘A Laugh Heard in the Vast Sea’ (沧海一声笑 cang hai yi sheng xiao) a popular theme song from acclaimed movie ‘The Swordman’ (笑傲江湖 xiao ao jiang hu).
Please see below for our course fees:
Group Class (click here to view schedule)
|Type||Total Course Fee (SGD)||Duration of each Lecture (in minutes)||Number of Lectures per Semester||Validity|
|Guqin Experience Trial Class^||18||–||–||one-time used|
|Guqin Entry Level Course
|320||60||10||The semester itself|
|Guqin Beginner Level Course
|380||60||12||The semester itself|
|Guqin Intermediate Level Course*
|500||60||12||The semester itself|
|Guqin Advance Level Course**
|620||60||12||The semester itself|
^ Originally priced at SGD 38. This discounted fee of SGD 18 for the Experience Trial class can be used to offset the course fee at the Entry level.
* Intermediate Level consists of minimum 3 semesters before advancement to the Advanced level (depending on class progress).
** Advanced Level consists of minimum 3 semesters before advancement to the Diploma level.
We also offer online sessions for these courses. Contact us for more details.
Our syllabus follows The TENG Ensemble Chinese Music Instrumental Grading Examinations: Guqin (Vol 1 – 3)
Private Class (click here to view schedule)
|Type||Teacher||Class Hour (in sessions)||Duration per Lecture (in minutes)||Course Fee (SGD)||Validity|
Prof. Zhong Zhiyue
|Experienced Guqin Lecturer||10||45||1000||90 days|
Prof. Zhong Zhiyue
|Experienced Guqin Lecturer||10||45||600||90 days|
To note for ALL Courses:
- Students must notify the school at least 24 hours in advance if they are unable to attend lesson. Make-up lesson, no more than 15 minutes, can be arranged at other time slots, subject to the availability of teachers.
- Fee for a lesson will be deducted for late cancellations/no shows without any proper reasons and/or medical certificate.
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