THE SUZUKI METHOD
EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN
Students of ZK Music Studio benefit and grow through the teachings of the Suzuki Method.
More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
The method focuses on 7 fundamental principles:
Every child can learn
Ability develops early
Success breeds success
Environment nurtures growth
Children learn from each other
Parental involvement is critical
Encouragement is essential
RESCHEDULE AN EXISTING LESSON
Make-up lessons are not guaranteed. Cancelled lessons are to be rescheduled to the best effort.
Check the Studio's online calendar to find out what is available to reschedule a lesson.
Studio policies will apply.
Download our studio calendar to see upcoming studio closures and recital dates.
We recommend all students download and print this calendar for quick reference.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you provide the instrument?
Can my 5-year old take 60-min lesson every week instead of 30-min?
Depends on the ability and attention span of your child. However, it is recommended to keep the appropriate lesson length for young children as they generally need more time to absorb, review, practice, in order to master the skill.
I am just learning for fun, do I need to practice at home?
YES - practice is needed for every level of student. The teacher will suggest the amount of practice time according to student’s level and ability.
What happens if I can’t accommodate any of the make-up lesson time that my teacher offers?
Make-up lessons are not guaranteed and are offered at the teacher’s availability. If a student can’t accommodate, the missed lesson will be charged with no further rescheduling.
We are going away for a month, can I get a refund or credit for missed lessons?
NO - it is the student parent's responsibility to ensure your vacation plan does not conflict with your violin lessons. You may take the one-time lesson rescheduling opportunity at time of registration to make early arrangements. Please note that group lessons do not have make-up lessons.
My parent is stuck at work, can I have my lesson online?
YES - after a year and half conducting lessons virtually via Zoom, ZK Music Studio is well-equipped for online lessons. If for any reason you can't make it to your lesson at the Studio, notify your teacher ASAP and we can have the lesson online.
I cannot make it to the recital, can I get my $50 registration fee back?
NO - the $50 registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee is collected at the time of registering so the Studio can plan ahead for recitals, other performing events, as well as additional teaching materials used during lessons.
What happens if I forget about or arrive late for my lesson?
The teacher is committed to teach at your designated lesson time, so you can still have the rest of your lesson when you arrive late. However, the lesson will still end on time. If you forget about your lesson, the teacher will NOT always follow up with your absence or give you a reminder call. The forgotten lesson will be missed with no make-up and refund.
I need extra help to prepare for my exam, can you extend my lessons?
YES - we are always glad to help as long as the teacher’s schedule allows. Do not worry about paying if it is only 10 or 15 minutes extra. Additional charges may apply if extra lessons are needed.
Do you have piano accompanists to recommend for exams and festivals?
YES - we have piano accompanists to recommend for various levels of exams and festivals. Accompanist’s charge is separate from the Studio’s, and is decided upon the accompanist’s price.
Is it mandatory to take exam or attend music festival?
NO - Every student has his or her own goal for learning music. Music exam or festival is just one of the ways to reflect one’s learning. We encourage students to take any performing opportunity, however, we will not give them the pressure that they cannot handle.