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AN INTRODUCTION TO SINGING

This 8-week course will introduce you to the essentials for a healthy singing technique. Get to know your voice and find out how best to practise. More importantly, learn how to apply the technique to songs. 

 

We use the Institute of Vocal Advancement (IVA) method for teaching vocal technique. Check out IVA, for more information. 

 

This course is suitable for beginners to advanced singers and starts every Tuesday at 7.30pm to 9pm from the 23rd October until 11th December. It costs $3000 for the 8 sessions. To sign up for the course, you can get in touch with us.

 

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Here’s an excerpt of Weisan’s original song, Rainfall, joined by Kingston on keys. Look forward to more videos from our teachers. For more information on our lessons, you can get in touch with us.

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DRUM CLUB LAUNCHES!

We are so happy to launch our Drum Club throughout the new school year! 

 

The Drum Club is a small group drum class, no more than 4 students per class, where kids can build a solid foundation in playing the drum kit. During the 3 terms, we will cover all the basics including hand and foot technique, simple grooves and fills, an introduction to rhythm reading and understanding drum kit notation. As students begin to master these basics, they’ll be shown how to use these skills creatively and musically in the context of a few contemporary song styles.

 

We are running 2 classes each week, Tuesdays 6pm til 7pm for 9-12 year olds, taught by Dave, and Saturdays 3.30pm til 4.30pm for 6-10 year olds, taught by Devon. To enrol in the first term, September to December 2018, you can GET IN TOUCH WITH US 

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KARAOKE CLUB

Do you love to sing but been told all your life that you can’t?! Do you love to sing but not sure how to do this in a healthy and safe way?? Or are you feeling trapped and not able to sing the songs that you love..?!..?! Now’s the time to help you unlock it all…

 

Karaoke Club is an adult singing class which focuses on teaching a balanced vocal technique, song styling and building confidence, singing in front of people and on the mic. Students can enjoy the benefits of learning in a group as well as having some one-on-one time. Come join us, it’s never too late to learn!

 

You can sing your heart out every Tuesday at 7.30pm until 9pm. The next term starts on 11th September until October 30th. There are a total of 8 sessions and it costs $2000. Classes are taught by Weisan. To register, you can get in touch with us.

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SUMMER SONGWRITING CAMP

Allow your kids to explore their creative side this summer at our Summer Songwriting Camp! After a successful running of this workshop in Singapore, Natalie has decided to offer the same course at Aspire! The camp is made of 3 workshops over 3 sessions in a week and is open to kids from the ages of 6 years and up. If none of the above dates suit your kid’s schedule, you can GET IN TOUCH with us and we can arrange a different time for you. 

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Adult Choir!

Choir will start again from Wednesday 6th September at 7.30pm until 9pm. The 10 sessions of choir will end on November 15th, missing the first week of October. For more details, please GET IN TOUCH with us.

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Xmas @ CCC

To mark the beginning of Aspire’s relationship with China Coast Community (an elderly care home in Kowloon Tong), our students performed a small Christmas Concert for the residents on December 6th. We will be visiting and performing for the home’s residents every 2 months all through 2016. If you’d like to get involved, contact us for further details.

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A few video clips of our students performing their hearts out at our Student Show in October. We were so proud of their progress and can see their confidence building each time we challenge them to perform. Playing or singing to an audience, as well as with others, is something we believe is invaluable when you’re learning an instrument and we try to offer as many performance opportunities to our students as we can. Get in touch for details on how you can find your musical voice, and then share it with others!

 

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Refer a friend!!

Calling all existing students! Get in touch to take advantage of our latest offer… refer a friend and, provided the referred student books a 10-lesson package, we’ll give you a FREE LESSON! 

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Here’s Dave with the Soler band preparing for their upcoming Tour of China. Filmed in our very own Aspire band room :)))

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Drum teacher Dave performing with The Ben Williams Band @ The Hope and Anchor in London c/2011

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Give the gift of music

If you’re looking to treat someone special to some music lessons, look no further! We have gift certificates available for all instruments.

Give us a shout for more information.

 

 

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Songwriting Club

Songwriting Club explores word play, rhythm, feel, melodies and various song structures, typical in a pop song. Students will have the opportunity to understand how music works, and more importantly, unleash their creative side!

 

The exercises and preparation games are not only designed to get them learning but to be inspired! Students will be eased in by writing songs as a group before they know it, composing their own pop pieces. 

 

Whether you’ve written a song before or not, OR whether you play an instrument or not, this class is open to ALL levels. These classes are suitable for 9 years and up. Classes start on Friday 5th October at 4pm. Get in touch with us for more information.

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SINGING CLUB ALL YEAR ROUND!

Singing Club is now open to singers from the age of 4 years and up throughout the school year!

 

This fun and nurturing group class will have kids and teens learning the importance of a balanced vocal technique, building musicianship, how to be creative with their voices, and more importantly, how to style and perform contemporary songs.

 

Classes are taught by Weisan. To enrol in our September to December 2018 term, you can get in touch with us.

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SUMMER'S HERE!

We can’t believe summer is right around the corner. Each year seems to fly by quicker and quicker! We wanted to create as many different opportunities and experiences for our students and came up with some fun and exciting summer group classes during July and August. The schedule is officially ready and we hope you like what you see.There’s hopefully a little something for everyone, kids and adults, including Boomwhacker Class, Singing Club, Karaoke Club and Digi Songwriting. Don’t forget we also have Band Workshop that has just launched  so expect more news for the next enrolment soon! For more information you can get in touch.

 

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CHOIR IS BACK!

This choir is for grown-ups and all levels are welcome! 

 

Nothing can describe the feeling you get from singing in harmony with a bunch of people…expect community, support and much more! This choir is all about learning to blend with one another through a balanced vocal technique, building musicianship, learning to look beyond the music score and putting some style into what you sing. We love to go out and perform what we’ve practised so expect to have some social nights with us!

 

We launched the choir early in 2017 singing arrangements of Beyonce, Simon & Garfunkel, Annie Lennox and Queen, Amy Winehouse, U2, Foo Fighters and George Michael to name but a few. We’re always welcoming new friends and singers to practise new catchy and beautiful arrangements.

 

Space is limited to 12 people maximimum but if the demand is great, we’ll consider expanding, so please don’t be shy and do get in touch. The next term starts on September 5th 2018. If you’d like to find out more about the choir, you can send us a message.

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ASPIRE EXPANDS

We are very pleased and proud to announce the opening of our 2nd studio in Wanchai. This completely new and professionally built studio has 2 well-equipped rooms both of which have full drum kits, PAs and guitar and bass amps. This means they can both be used as teaching rooms, instrument practice rooms or band rehearsal rooms giving us a lot more flexibility and capacity. It’s also in a superb location only a minute’s walk from exit A3 of Wanchai MTR station.

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It’s taken us a while as we’ve all been so busy, but finally, here it is… a video compilation of our students performing at our March Student Show. This was our busiest show yet, in both the number of performers and audience members, so we were delighted. A number of students are really starting to find their feet with performing and everyone did their absolute best – which is all we ask of them. Keep your eyes peeled for the next show in November 2016.

 

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Metro Radio recording session

Following the Metro Radio tour, some of Aspire Music’s students were invited back to the station to record a Christmas show. They chatted, played some beautiful tunes and got into the Christmas spirit!

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A short photo-reel from our October 2015 Student Show. A great time was had by all and we can’t wait for the next one…. watch this space!

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The above video is a compilation of some of the performances from our last student show in May 2015. For many students, this was the first time they had performed live with a band and they relished the opportunity. Keep your eyes open for the next show coming in October!! 

 

We believe this sets us apart from most other music schools… we organise proper shows in proper live music venues for our students to participate in. We encourage all our students to get involved and actively try to join them together to perform with each other and – with a BAND not with backing tracks!! It could be you on-stage and in the spotlight at our next show… contact us to find out more.

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Our drum teacher Dave’s been very busy recently… here he is with Soler at Hac Sa Beach Festival in Macau in April 2015.

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An awesome ‘feel’ drummer, Scott Amendola playing with the superb Charlie Hunter. Guitarists… check out Charlie’s guitar. How many strings?!?!?

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Our guitar teacher, Brendon Gold, re-creates Rage Against The Machine’s song, ‘Killing in the Name Of’ for you. He shows how the whammy pedal can be put to good use.

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Rock-tober!

We’re rocking this October with more new group classes in drums, guitar, singing and songwriting. Learning in a group brings a positive and supportive relationship between you and your peers, you can gain unique insights, learn from each other and inspire one another.

 

For more information about our group classes, you can get in touch with us.

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GUITAR CLUB LAUNCHES!

We are so happy to launch our Guitar Club throughout the new school year! 

 

The Guitar Club is a small group guitar class, no more than 4 students per class, where kids can build a solid foundation in playing the guitar. During 3 terms, students will cover all the basic techniques including strumming patterns and finger picking, and be introduced to reading music including music scores and guitar tabs. Students will be shown how to use these skills creatively and musically in the context of a few contemporary song styles.

 

There are 2 classes running on Saturdays, one at t11.30am til 12.30pm for 8-10 year olds, and another at 4.30pm til 5.30pm for 11-14 years.To enrol in the first term, September to December 2018, you can GET IN TOUCH WITH US 

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BAND WORKSHOP

Band Workshop is an exciting group class that we’ve been working on for a while. This is basically your chance to build not only your skills in playing, but also your confidence in playing with others and performing live.

It’s a 6-week course and will take place on Saturday mornings at 10:30am till 12:30pm and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm til 9.30pm. After the 6-weeks of sessions, we will all go on an outing to an Open Mic Night at one of the popular venues around town and you’ll perform the songs you’ve learned during the workshop, with your new bandmates.

The course will be lead by our newest Team Member, Devon, who is a very experienced band leader and drummer. He will guide you through 2 or 3 songs, talking about the roles of each instrument, the actual parts you play and how to get them to gel together nicely with everyone else, common phrases and terminology used in bands, the idea of Jamming and much, much more.

As we want to make this a practical course for everyone, the spaces will be limited so as to give all students plenty of playing time. In terms of requirements to join the course:

  • You should be able to attend every class as your bandmates will be relying on you.
  • You should be 14 years old or above (we hope to start a kids workshop very soon, sorry kids).
  • You should feel fairly confident that you can learn at least one song in 6 weeks.
  • Enthusiasm and energy!

 

To register or for more information, contact us

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Vocal Masterclasses

We had the great pleasure of hosting a fantastic vocal masterclass event in November with Kathy Kennedy. Kathy is a great mentor and teacher of Weisan’s and she flew all the way from San Francisco to come and share her vast knowledge and experience with singers of all levels. The event welcomed professional performers, voice teachers as well as hobbyists. Watch this space for more events very soon! 

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Congrats Weisan!

Just as all her students do, Weisan works hard all year to improve and develop her skills. All this work paid off last month when she passed her IVA Level 3 exam to become a Certified Level 3 Instructor. Not only that but she was also given the honour of becoming the IVA Representative for Hong Kong… double whammy and double congratulations!! Well done Weisan.

 

To find out more about IVA you can contact us 

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Through the summer, we had a lovely group of students who came every week to prepare this song for our regular performance at CCC (an elderly care home). We’re sure you’ll agree that this is a beautiful version of the Elvis classic.

 

If you’d like more information on our upcoming summer classes, get in touch with us

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Metro Broadcast Radio Tour... and more

Saturday 14th November was a memorable day for these 5 lucky Aspire students as they were invited to join a tour of the Metro Broadcast Radio Station in Hung Hom. Programming Director Michael Vincent was a very welcoming and knowledgeable host and gave the students a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at how a major Radio Station operates. Once the tour was over, Michael dropped a bomb-shell on our students….. that he wanted THEM to PERFORM on the Metro Plus station!!!

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Special Trial Lesson Offer

For a limited time, we are offering 30 minute trial lessons in all instruments from only $150!

Get in touch now to book yours. This offer is only available to new students.

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Some more footage of the Soler band getting ready for their 2015 Tour of China, starting at the end of July. All the rehearsals took place here at Aspire Music in our band room and we think the boys sounded great! If you can get to one of their shows, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Here’s Dave performing on TVB with Soler in April 2015. Rock on!!!

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Performances

We feel it’s very important that our students are given as many performance opportunities as possible. After all, alongside regular lessons and practise, only performing can really help you to improve and build your confidence!

 

We try to arrange as many performances as we can throughout the year where students can collaborate with other budding musicians or perform on their own. Our next performance will be confirmed very soon…

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Group singing classes from Feb 2015!

Find YOUR voice in our group singing class – adults only! Everyone is different which means our voices are different too. Even in a group setting you will be given specific tools and exercises for YOUR voice type. If you’re keen to brush up on your vocal technique, learn some songs, solo and harmony, there’s plenty of opportunities here. There’s no better way to get you started than learning with other like-minded people.

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