Mu­sic classes

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Learning -

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.

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