Short course: Chinese music - Erhu (Chinese fiddle)

Next course

This course will be available next academic term.

Course description

This course is for anyone who has an interest in music or Chinese culture. If you are a beginner in studying music, our professional music instructor will guide you through the basics.

The Chinese fiddle or Erhu is thought to have evolved from an earlier instrument known as a Xiqin which originated in central Asia over 1,000 years ago.

For those with some experience with string instruments, there is an opportunity to progress more quickly and eventually have the opportunity to perform at live events with Goldsmiths Confucius Institute.

Students will have the opportunity to learn a range of traditional Chinese instrumental music tailored to their level. Examples of songs studied include:

  • Happy boy 《快乐的少年》(beginner)
  • Jasmine flower 《 茉莉花》(beginner)
  • Beautiful Night《良宵》(intermediate)
  • Horse Racing 《赛马》(intermediate)
  • Ripe Grapes《葡萄熟了》(advanced)
  • Galloping War-Horse《战马奔腾》(advanced)
  • The Moon Over a Fountain《二泉映月》(advanced)

Enquiries and support

If you have any questions about this course please contact confucius (

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please contact us at confucius ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible.