Sonata School of Music was established in 2005 to introduce the Yamaha Music Education System to the City of Calgary. With the right method in place, we believe that music learning could be fun, enriching and rewarding. Our philosophy is not only to teach children how to play instruments, but to show them how to study music. Our Yamaha program is geared toward enabling students to express themselves through playing and performance to improvisation and composition.


Yamaha Music Education System incorporates weekly group lessons designed to give students the best beginning possible for the development of basic music skills. Emphasis is placed on ear training and the development of a good rhythmic sense. A variety of activities, including singing words and solfege, keyboard playing, sight singing, sight playing, ensemble work and musical creativity are part of the curriculum.

The four main characteristics of the unique Yamaha Music Education System are:


Timely Education


Group Lessons


Comprehensive Musical Training


Systematic Approach

Yamaha Method

Yamaha Music Foundation has completed much research illustrating that a child’s ear develops most rapidly between the ages of four and six (as shown in the graph below). Since hearing development is so closely related to learning music, this is the ideal time to start developing music skills. Accompanied by the parent, as the parent is the essential link between the class experience and successful practice at the home, both child and parent can both share the joy of learning music with one another.


Yamaha Music Education System


The philosophy of Yamaha Music Education is based on the belief that everyone has the potential to develop musical ability to some extent. We believe that everyone has the capacity to create, perform and enjoy one's own music, and that through this joy of music we can all benefit from an enriched life.

The Yamaha Music Education System represents the successful realization of the Yamaha Music Foundation's goal of promoting music globally and the Yamaha philosophy that "music knows no national boundaries." Children all over the world are studying under the same Yamaha method, using the same textbooks, and following the same curriculum, ultimately creating a new international musical generation.