One-on-one online lessons for students of all ages and skill level

Centre of Music Innovations is offering online Skype lessons for anyone who wants to learn to play the erhu. Whether you want to just learn the erhu for fun or you are preparing for Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) examinations, we have a lesson package suitable for you. *We do offer local in-person lessons in the home studio located in Thornhill, Ontario. Please contact us for more information on this.

What will I learn?

Proper fundamentals are essential to playing the erhu well. It is important not to acquire bad habits, as these are difficult to correct afterwards. Students will learn:
  • How to set up and care for the instrument
  • How to hold and play the erhu
  • How to read jianpu (simplified) notation and western staff notation
  • Musicianship – sight reading, rhythm, technique
  • Studies and repertoire

Lesson details

Lesson durations depend upon the age and level of the student. For young students (age 10 years and younger) and beginners, 30 minutes/week is usually sufficient. For older students and intermediate/advanced levels, 60 minutes/week is recommended. Every student is different and the lessons will be designed to meet the needs of each individual.


One Month PackageThree Month Package
4 lessons (30 mins each)$120 USD12 + 1 lessons (30 mins each)$360 USD
4 lessons (60 mins each)$240 USD12 + 1 lessons (60 mins each)$720 USD

Introducing our Instructors

Patty ChanPatty has taught erhu to students from ages 7 to 80 that has spanned over 25 years. She has also taught erhu and Chinese music at York University, Ryerson University, and Carleton University. She is the President and Music Director of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra (TCO), and has led and participated in music exchanges and tours to Vancouver, Edmonton, Hong Kong, Beijing, Henan, Xi’an, and Taiwan. Read more on Patty

What some of our students say…

I have been taking online erhu lessons with Patty for two and a half years. At the beginning I was a little skeptical about how this remote teaching-learning would work. But before long, I started to feel just like I was sitting beside Patty in the same room. We use Skype - I use a vary basic computer camera bought from BestBuy. The images are clear enough, and sound is good, she can pick all my mistakes in intonation, etc. Patty is a very knowledgeable, organized, patient, and encouraging teacher. She has good methods to teach an adult student like me, who has no musical background. I have learned a lot from her, and am enjoying this instrument more and more. Thank you, Patty
W. Huang
Thunder Bay, ON

Inquire About our Lessons

Let us know which lesson plans you are interested in and we will contact you with more information.