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ZK Music Studio  |  Calgary Alberta

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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



HARMONIES (ages 9+) includes:
  • Private lesson once a week and optional group class

  • Must be a returning student with a regular attendance record
    OR new student with at least a year of violin lesson experience

  • One-on-one attention and instruction in private lessons

  • Peer pleasure and friendly competition in group classes

  • Group classes are 45 minutes for 2-3 students, and 55 minutes for 4 students

MUSIC MAKERS (ages 6 - 9) includes:
  • Group class once a week

  • Private lesson of 30 minutes once every other week OR once a month

  • Enjoying ensemble playing in weekly group classes

  • Advancing individual techniques

  • Benefiting from both private and group classes on more balanced and regular basis

MINI TWINKLERS (ages 3 - 6) includes:
  • Group class once a week

  • Learning with peers sharing the same musical interest

  • Quality parenting time to spend with your child

  • Hearing, singing, playing, reading

  • Introduction: violin hold, bow hold, postures, bow playing

  • Developing attention span, stillness, focus, and appreciation


Melody Express is a music outreach program in Calgary communities founded by Zoe Ko and Christine Chen. Our main purpose is to contribute to the communities through music by means of providing professional and amateur musicians a stage to share their love. Our performers, as volunteers, come from various private studios, music schools, and universities.

Students are welcome to join on any of the booked dates as long as time allows. Please CONTACT US if you are not a student but would like to volunteer and perform with us!

DROP-IN (all ages) includes:
  • perfect for in-school or working young adults and professionals

  • lessons can be anything that you want to learn and play

  • music theory aids you in reading and realizing music

  • 5-lesson fee is required to pay up front during September to June

  • flexible booking - may have lesson at different time every week

  • lesson reschedule can be done only if the teacher is available and a sufficient notice is given, otherwise the missed lesson will be charged with no make-up



Private lessons start at $34 per lesson

Group lessons start at $27 per lesson


All tuition includes a non-refundable registration fee of $50.


All payment plans are to be paid with post-dated cheques.


Download our studio policies and expectations here:




For current students, if you have a lesson scheduled and need to change it, please check our availability calendar link below for open time slots and then contact us to rebook. 

Reschedule policies will apply.

Make-up lessons are not guaranteed.


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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Do you provide the instrument?

Every student is responsible to get (rent or buy) their own instrument. Recommended local stores: Long & McQuadeAeolian StringsV. A. Hills Fine Strings.


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 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 - You may use your make-up lessons to cover your missed lessons, however, maximum 3 make-up lessons are offered for the entire school year. Please note that group lessons do not have make-up lessons.


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 and other performing events.

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.