Piano, violin, guitar – these are the instruments most kids learn. At a stretch, the flute or cello may also be considered; but there are so many other instruments that can be taken up like the saxophone, ukulele and drums; or more exotic choices like the cajón, a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru.
Swee Lee Music Academy is a music school and musical instruments shop which opened in Singapore in 1946 and started as a supplier of army uniforms and badges to the British Army. By a twist of fate they entered the music industry and are now one of the best music schools around.
The music academy offers lessons in guitar (classical, acoustic, electric), ukulele, drums, cajón, saxophone, violin and vocals. A good age to start learning is by seven to eight years old, and lessons are conducted on a one-to-one basis. The ukulele is a great first instrument and kids find it very interesting to learn how to do fingerstyle work on a four-stringed instrument. Instruments like these are actually an important component in a band or for solo performances, and it will definitely give your kid street cred if he say he plays the cajón!
170 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 1326/ fb.com/sweeleemusicmalaysia). Classes start at RM180 with an average of four lessons per month. An excellent variety of musical instruments are available for sale at the store.