Our international team of teachers brings a rich variety of musical styles to our school. We offer classes in classical, jazz, traditional and popular styles. Please check out our Teachers page to see the various styles available in each instrument.
Before beginning a musical instrument, you should make sure you can practise for 20-30 minutes per day (beginners) and up to one hour (more advanced students). We have instruments at our school which you may use, but we also recommend that you have your own instrument.
The piano is one of the most versatile of all
instruments and is performed solo, in groups and to accompany singers. After a
short time, the student will be able to play melody and harmony using both hands. We have four pianos (1 grand and 3 upright) and two keyboards, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to practise at our school!
Click on the links below to listen to some different styles of piano performance:
Classical (solo) – Murray Perahia plays the finale of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
Jazz/Blues (2 pianos) – Jamie Callum and Jools Holland play I’ve got a woman by Ray Charles.
Popular – Alicia Keys performs her own song, New York.
The guitar is perhaps the most popular and versatile instrument in the world. It is performed solo, in groups and to accompany singers and is the perfect instrument for a party! We have a selection of guitars at Music Arts School for you to practise on.
We offer classes in classical, acoustic, and electric guitar.
Classical Guitar: The classical guitar (sometimes known as the Spanish guitar) has nylon strings and is played with the fingers of the right hand; occasionally with a pick/plectrum. Check out these examples of classical guitarists:
Guitar duo – Rodrigo y Gabriela play Tamacun.
Solo with orchestra – John Williams plays the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.
Acoustic Guitar: The acoustic guitar has steel strings. It is usually played with a plectrum (pick) but can also be played with the fingers of the right hand. It is often used to accompany popular songs. Check out these examples:
Solo – Sungha Jung plays Gangnam Style by Psy.
Band - Pink Floyd play Wish you were here on acoustic guitars.
Electric/Bass Guitar: The electric and bass guitars are a standard part of popular music. The electric guitar has six strings, while the bass has four. Check out these examples:
Electric guitar – Jimi Hendrix and his band play Hey Joe.
Bass guitar - LP Septet play with bass guitar solos.
The violin is an important solo instrument, but is also an essential part of orchestras and other ensembles. In addition to classical music, the violin is widely used in folk, jazz and popular music. Music Arts School has a selection of violins in adult and children’s sizes and our teachers will help guide you towards the most suitable instrument for you.
Jazz violin - Stephane Grappelli joins Django Reinhardt to play J’attendrai
Classical violin – Janine Jenson plays the finale of Mendelssohn’s violin Concerto.
Music Arts School offers various styles of singing lessons in groups or individually. Students can learn to maximize their voice potential and gain knowledge on where to sing from, how to sing to avoid injuring your voice and many other techniques.
The Khem is a stringed instrument, often called the
Butterfly instrument because it’s body is shaped like a butterfly. The Khem has
a lot of strings that are hit with two sticks (An lorng) in order to make a sound.
Skor – Khmer drum
The Khmer Drum comes in different shapes and sizes.
Some are played with a stick and some are played with the hands.
The Takkeo is a three stringed instrument, often called the Crocodile instrument, because its body is shaped like a crocodile.
To play it, the left hand touches on the bridge and the right hand holds a pick to pluck the strings.
The Tro is a two stringed instrument that is played is
a similar way to the violin. The Tro is a primary instrument used in wedding
ceremonies, bands, and as entertainment in the family home.