Whether you’re looking to relive former glory or you’re finally getting around to learning the instrument that’s been topping your New Year’s Resolutions list, there’s no time like the present to pick up a new skill. Bows, picks, and sticks at the ready? These are our top picks for adult music classes around Hong Kong.
Tom Lee Music Foundation
While its retail shops may be better known as the stomping ground of many a pre-teen and their parents, in search of sheet music, instruments, and more, the Tom Lee Music Foundation also offers up to 28 classes for adults too. These range from the conventional guitar and piano to the more unusual ukulele, harp, and electone (electric organ). For those looking to up their karaoke game, then pop singing classes are also held across its nine locations. Adult classes are available for those aged 18 and up, while both private and group sessions are available, with lesson times and prices varying, depending on your instrument of choice.
Tom Lee Music Foundation, locations vary
Sol Passion Music
Founded in 2013 by Mike Vera and Ed Rollo, Sol Passion is a DJ and production house for all things music. It offers a range of classes and courses for both adults and kids, from DJing to drumming. Teachers here are professional DJs, musicians, performers, and producers looking to share their skills with budding musicians. Group DJ and producing courses start from $14,400, while beginner’s percussion courses are priced at $9,900.
Sol Passion Music, 11/F, EIB Tower, 4-6 Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 9422 0367
Parsons Music Academy
With 20 academies located across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories, the Parsons Music Academy schools offer a more conventional approach to music lessons. Students can take comfort in the fact that they are being taught by the best in their field, with the guarantee that every tutor possesses a Grade 8 or above. In certain music centres, there is also the option to rent a room for practice – which will be music to your neighbours’ ears if you were originally planning on getting to grips with that newly-purchased electric guitar late into the night. Lesson prices and schedules vary, depending on your instrument of choice and the availability of tutors.
Parsons Music Academy, locations vary, (+852) 2333 1863
Parkland Music Institute
Parkland Music Institute offers everything from conventional classical training to chart-topping pop and rock lessons, plus acapella training for those looking to recreate a scene from Glee. Lessons are available in Cantonese, while lessons in English, Mandarin, and Japanese can be arranged on request. Parkland also offers students the option to rent instruments, as well as purchase them from its retail stores, or send them in for repairs and refurbishments. Prices and lesson durations vary, depending on the chosen instrument and grade level of instruction.
Parkland Music Institute, 8/F, Ginza Square, 567 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, (+852) 2660 9138
(additional locations vary)
The aptly-named Cello Factory offers junior and adult courses that are suitable for those who have never picked up a bow before. Adult classes are available for those aged 14 and up, and group classes typically hold between eight and 10 students. The music school offers students the option to rent a cello for home practice and lessons at an additional cost. Those with their own instruments are advised to bring them in before the course starts for examination. Lessons are conducted in Cantonese and English, with a block of eight lessons priced at $1,840.
Cello Factory, Workshop 3, 11/F, Block A, Wing Kut Industrial Building, 608 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok, (+852) 2728 7906
The team of seven teachers and mentors at Aspire Music offer drum, bass, guitar, piano, and vocal lessons to both adults and children. Upcoming workshops and courses are listed on its website, and include everything from regular drum and guitar clubs for kids aged 14 and up, to the more unconventional weekly karaoke club for those looking to raise their KTV game. Prices vary depending on the instrument chosen.
Aspire Music, 10/F Anton Building, 1 Anton Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 5414 6821