Chinese Instrument Program

Chinese Zither 

Chinese zither is a Chinese traditional 21-string instrument that sounds like the harp. During lessons, students will learn the traditional Chinese pentatonic scale (a 5-note ancient scale) and simplified numerical music notation in singing and playing. 

Our Goal

Music Stream Center provides high-quality instruction in an encouraging atmosphere for students of all ages. Lessons focus on development of technical skill using classical technique; awareness of balance and relaxation; sensitivity to phrasing and musicality; and cultivation of good practice habits. Students learn to read both musical notation and chord/lead sheets. The goal of instruction at Music Stream Center is not only to draw students into the discipline and joy of playing an instrument, but also to develop life skills such as poise, awareness, focus, and the ability to accomplish long-term tasks.



Music Stream Center’s comprehensive private lesson program combines individual lessons with music lab time, musicianship classes, recitals, Music Teachers’ Association concert opportunities, and various auditions, competitions, master classes, special awards, etc.

Private Lessons

  • Students must bring music and an instrument to each lesson.
  • Private lessons will focus on development of technical skill using classical technique; awareness of balance and relaxation; sensitivity to phrasing and musicality; note reading; and chord/lead sheet interpretation.
  • Lessons and practice strategies will be tailored to help meet the musical goals of the student, as discussed with the instructor.

Music With Friends

  • As another option for an affordable and enjoyable musical experience, MSC also offers beginning classes for groups of 2-3 students. This is an excellent way for friends, spouses, or siblings to enjoy learning music together. These lessons will cover the same material as private lessons, while accommodating the pace of both students in the class. 

Musicianship Classes

  • Musicianship classes will consist of various ensemble repertoire, rhythm, theory, ear training, music history, music appreciation, composition, improvisation, transposition, singing, movements, sight playing and technique, etc.
  • Students learn each subject through the benefit of group teaching and games.
  • The detailed content of each class will depend upon the age and level of each group.
  • Each class will have 3 to 5 students and will last for one hour.
  • There are five musicianship class weeks from September to June. Please refer to the school calendar for the dates.
  • The classes will be held in place of the private lesson for that week.


  • There will be 5 recitals throughout the school year.
  • Every student must dress up for any recital or musical event. This is part of the student's training.Boys need to wear a dress shirt, dress slacks, a tie, and dress shoes. Girls need to wear a suitable dress or skirt and blouse. Dressing up always makes the performer feel good and play better.
  • All the students are expected to perform at EVERY studio recital.  This is perhaps the most valuable part of the student’s musical education.
  • Students will also be given the opportunity to perform in recitals presented by CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers), DMTA (Davis Music Teachers’ Association), MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California), MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association) and SMAC (Suzuki Music Association of California).