The sheng (also spelt as cheng in Encyclopædia Britannica ) is a Chinese mouth-blown free reed instrument consisting of vertical pipes. It is a polyphonic instrument and enjoys an increasing popularity as a solo instrument.It is one of the oldest Chinese instruments, with images depicting its kind dating back to 5000 BCE, and there are actual instruments from the Han era that have been preserved today.
Join a wide variety of sheng lessons, ranging from individual lessons to group lessons. Our experienced teachers teach classical sheng music as well as pop sheng music. Students who wish to learn for leisure need not take grading exams. However if you would like to take sheng grading exams we teach both syllabuses from NTU and NAFA. From beginners to advanced players, we will surely have something for you.
At Eight Tones Music School, our teachers are able to work with students of varying abilities be it for Adult or Children. We take pride in teaching and ensure every student leaves each lesson with a sense of fulfillment. Be it for leisure, learning the basics, building a solid foundation or intensive examinations preparations, we are the music school of choice.
Our teachers are well equipped to teach students of varying abilities and ages. We are able to teach for the following purposes: leisure, foundation building and examination preparation. You will leave each lesson more confident than the previous week.
Sheng can be taught at your pace. Sheng is taught not only as a traditional Chinese music, but can be used to play pop music too.
You do not need to have any musical background to take up Sheng lessons. Our teachers will groom you to have a good grounding, so as to take your Sheng playing to higher levels.
You will be taught the right techniques and inculcate good playing habits while preparing for your exam. Conquer stage fright and learn how to avoid common mistakes during examination.
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Do you know that Chinese Instruments are categorized to 4 main sections? 吹，拉，弹， 打, which translates respectively to – Woodwinds, Bowed Strings, Plucked Strings and Percussion.
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Benefits of Learning Sheng
There are annual student performance concerts, where you will have the opportunity to perform and mingle with other Sheng students. Expect an exchange of skills, interactions and musicality. Such opportunities allow students to perform in front of an audience and overcome stage fright. Performance opportunities are a chance for you to showcase your Sheng playing. It is not compulsory and students may volunteer if they wish to perform.
On Your First Sheng Lesson
Our teacher will discuss your goals and expectations with you. Design a suitable curriculum, be it for leisure, foundation building or examinations.
If you do not have an instrument and would like to purchase from us, our teacher will help you to pick a Sheng which is most suited to you.
Our Sheng teacher will discuss your goals and expectations with you. If you would like to expand your repertoire, build on your foundation amongst many others, our teachers will design a suitable course curriculum for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can learn the Sheng without a musical background. Our teachers will teach you how to read scores and basic techniques. You will be able to perform solo performances and prepare for examinations, depending on your needs
We have Sheng students who are of retirement age and are successful players of the Sheng. To learn more, feel free to contact our friendly staff.
We have many timeslots available. However, most students come for lesson once a week. You may schedule frequent lessons or for longer periods if you require.
Individual Sheng lessons are recommended, where it is 1 student – 1 teacher. This is to ensure you have quality lessons and a curriculum catered just for you.
Lessons can be taught individually or in groups of not more than 4. However, the groups have to be formed on your own, with a minimum of 2 students.
Our teachers are able to speak both English and Mandarin proficiently.
You will be taught by the same Sheng teacher from beginning till end. However, in the event you request to change teachers, this can be done.
Yes, our teachers can teach both English and Chinese pop songs. However, do let us know in advance so our teachers can prepare the necessary teaching materials.
You can purchase an instrument at our school. Based on your needs, budget and physiology, our teacher will be able to pick out a suitable one for you.
Trial Sheng lessons are offered one time per instrument and to be paid after lesson. If you are unavailable to come for trial lesson, you have to inform the school within 24 hours. Failure to do so will result in a prepaid trial lesson for your next booking.
The mode of payment we accept are cash, NETS, cheque, PayNow and bank transfer