NAC-AEP Programme Details


Programme ID: AEP0316677

Let's Learn to Play Dizi!


The dizi or bamboo flute is one of the most popular instruments in traditional Chinese music. It is widely used in many of genres of Chinese folk music as well as Chinese Opera and the modern Chinese Orchestra. The dizi is also known for its expressive range as well as inherent ethereal quality as well. Presented by House of Music, the workshop aims to engage students in music making through the learning of Chinese bamboo flute bangdi. A flute from Northern China, bangdi has a strong and piping tone which is suitable for expressing robust and lively emotions.

By the end of the 10-session workshops, students will be able to play traditional Chinese tunes, local folk tunes such as Chan Mali Chan as well as modern pop songs on the bangdi. Students will also learn basic music theory such as rhythm, tempo, and dynamics and learn how to read Chinese music notation jianpu as well.

Using an interactive and light-hearted approach, students will learn through demonstrations and teaching as facilitated by the instructor. The workshop would also cover the various characteristics of the music instrument and how to perform playing the flute as well.

About Instructor Tan Qing Lun

Tan Qing Lun is a multi-flute soloist whose performance embodies the cultural diversity of his home, Singapore. He was recently nominated in July 2015 by The Strait Times as “30 Rising Stars under 30” in Singapore’s arts, entertainment and lifestyle scene. Qing Lun graduated with Masters in Chinese Music (Dizi) from Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the National Arts Council (NAC) scholarship in which he extensively researched on his thesis, “A Study of Chinese and Indian flutes: Their past and future development in Singapore”. This proposal was a culmination of his passion, and a reflection of his endeavour to shape his personal yet unique and localized music voice. Upon convocation, he staged a full-house solo recital “Voices of Tomorrow” at the Esplanade, which received incredible reviews by patrons and the media.


• To develop an awareness towards ancient musical instrument of dizi as well as the playing techniques.
• To engage the students in the arts through the development of a sense of appreciation for the art form.
• To identify and learn more about the different dizis in terms of the size, sound, technique, etc.
• To learn more about Chinese music notation jianpu and basics of music theory such as rhythm, tempo and counting.
• To play local folk songs such as Chan Mali Chan and animation movie theme songs.
• To develop aptitude for arts performing
• Pursue creative and expressive capacities of students


Music Rooms/ Class Rooms

Pri - Upper / Sec - Lower / Sec - Upper / JC/CI / ITE

English / Mandarin


10 Session(s)
1 hour per Session


/ Screen & Projector, Music Stands (x1), Chair (x1), Table (x1)

- COST -

$9 per student per hour per Hour

$9 per student/ per session (1 hour), $20 per dizi per student

Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is a subsidy of up to 50% of the programme cost for mainstream schools, and up to 70% of the programme cost for Special Education Schools.
The Tote Board Arts Grant is not applicable to pre-schools. NAC partners selected pre-school centres to receive funding to purchase Pre-School AEP.

The following programme is approved under NAC-AEP 2019-2022 until 31 December 2022.


- House of Music -

Ms Tan Wan Lin