• Are there any links between choral singing and instrumental playing?

    We believe it is best for children who are learning choral singing to have some foundation in instrumental playing. Those children learning instruments should also have some vocal training and ability. Of course, choral singing would be best. The reason why choral singing is so important is that children would learn to make music together. The benefits are twofold: they will have better musical training and musical sense; and they learn to interact with their peers.

  • What are the difficulties encountered in learning to play instruments?

    Under normal circumstances, it is easier for children to learn playing instruments at a younger age. Regular practice consolidates a better foundation for further enhancement of techniques. For those who have good ears, particular strong musical sense and excellent memory, it is possible that they could achieve an exceptional progress.

  • What are the important elements in instrumental playing?

    Perseverance, patience and a humbling attitude in learning are essential qualities of a good instrumental player, even if he is an inborn talent himself. What we appreciate the most is: the ultimate support and persisting encouragement offered by the parents. Meanwhile, responsible teachers with high quality coaching play an important role in children’s musical journey as well.

  • Is it true that music learning suits merely to the “talented” or “elite children”?

    We believe that as long as dedication, encouragement and patience prevail, as well as proper guidance and comprehensive training are provided, children will have the opportunity to realise and develop their potentials.

  • Why does the Yip’s Children’s Choral & Performing Arts Centre require instrumental students to take both group classes and individual classes﹖

    Group classes promote general ensemble skills and drill aural skills while private lessons address more intensively technical and individual learning issues. We hope to create the best learning environments in which young players are exposed to the benefits of both kinds of training.

  • What are the benefits of group classes﹖

    Group playing fosters cooperation and promotes good ensemble skills. It also provides an opportunity for students to learn from one another while performing together. With teammates working together and supporting each other, young players will keep on striving and making progress. We also encourage parents to sit in group classes so that they can offer mental and practical support for their children at home.

  • Is it necessary to have individual tuitions alongside group classes?

    Definitely. Individual sessions form a requisite part of professional music training. Coaching on a one-to-one basis helps promote advancement of individual techniques as teacher can discuss various issues in details individually.

  • How do instrumental players advance into a more professional path?

    When young players attain a high standard in group and individual performance, we would provide further enrichment opportunities for them such as solo recital or ensemble playing. They will also be promoted to our Strings Performance Class. Many of them do participate in orchestras of their own schools or join the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra to broaden their orchestral music horizons.

  • Can the public hire Yip's hall, rooms or studios?

    Yes. Everyone who are interested in using our venues for arts performing rehearsals and shows are welcome. Please kindly fill in the application form and send it back to us at our centres with the payment.