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Welcome to Queens Music Academy site!  

Since 2009, Queens Music Academy (formerly Sunnyside String School) has led the effort to nurture our neighborhood children and encouraged their bold expression through music and Innovative Art/ Creative Lego classes and now we have grown to two locations serving hundreds of kids with weekly music lessons, holiday pop up camps and orchestra/ rock band rehearsals!   We are committed to share our passion with new and returning enthusiastic and talented artists by performing public street fairs, Community Events and neighborhood festivals in our neighborhood !  Please check out all of our programs and let me know if you have any questions (917-349-5477).  We also offer in-school private and group lesson instructions and in- home instructions in Sunnyside (11104) and Woodside area (11377).  

Want to book an Intro class? Register here

Our Mission

Our school follows Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy.  He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their mother tongue, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument.  Any pre-school age child could begin to play any instruments if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body.  We believe that learning music at their younger age will enhance their life experience richer and loving.  

Benefit of music lessons

Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.

Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid's schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you're on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe she won't be the next Beethoven, but she may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners(including patience!), and becoming a team player. 

It improves academic skills.

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child's brain to help him better understand other areas of math, says Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA. As kids get older, they'll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills, says Mary Larew, Suzuki violin teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. Musical instrument classes also introduce young children to basic physics. For instance, plucking the strings on a guitar or violin teaches children about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as drums and the vibraphone, give big kids the opportunity to explore these scientific principles.

It develops physical skills.

Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. 

Playing in group classes cultivates social skills.

Playing in group classes require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork, as children must collaborate  It's important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble. Group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect, to sit still and be quiet for designated periods of time, and to be attentive.

It refines discipline and patience.

Learning an instrument teaches children about delayed gratification. The violin, for example, has a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single sound, you must first learn how to hold the violin, how to hold the bow, and where to place your feet, Larew says. Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece.  Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention for even 10 minutes at a time.  

It boosts self-esteem.

Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence, Regester says. Group lessons, in particular, may help children understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement.  Presenting yourself in public is an important skill whether you become a professional musician or not.  This skill is easily transferrable to public speaking, she adds. And, of course, once a child is advanced enough, she'll possess musical skills that will help her stand out.

Sign up for Music Lesson here


We are a comprehensive music school. Course offerings include private instruction in school or in home (Sunnyside and Woodside location only) for all orchestral and band instruments (violin, cello, viola, flute, saxophones, clarinet, trombone and trumpet), as well as piano, voice, guitar, and composition.  Also ensembles including orchestra, chamber music, Rock Band; and group classes for Suzuki violin and cello.  

Registration is open year-round and new students are always welcome. However, picking schedules for new students depends on teachers' availability.  So if you are a new student and trying to book a lesson for the first time, please email info@queensmusicacademy.com or text 917-349-5477 first.  Trial lessons are $35 and must be prepaid through the system 24 hours in advance.  You can have up to three trials without a contract, to see if the teacher is the perfect fit for your child.  After this, you may purchase future lessons on a minimum contract of four prepaid lessons.  If the payment is made after the lesson, it will be considered as a late payment and the teacher will charge $5 late fee.   How to buy trial lessons? Please click "buy now" tab in MINDBODY page, then create your account with us, click "30 min trial ($35)". Music lesson is under "service" and "music". 

Enrichment Classes

Our Enrichment programs (Mondays-Thursdays) are designed for children aged 4-12 years old. Participants will explore Art, Music, Kids Musical and Legos on their respective weekdays.  There are no Enrichment classes during school holidays. However, Pop Up Camps available on most of these holidays (see Pop Up Camp dates list; Pop Up Camps must be registered for separately). See full Fall Enrichment calendar below for a list of all class dates.  All weekly enrichment classes are $30 except Chorus and Orchestra. Pick up from ps 11 and St. Sebastian for Woodside location/ pick up from ps 150 might be available with minimum 4 participants (extra $10) and extended hour available (extra $10).  Please inquire. 

Enrichment Book Here

Weekly Schedule ( prospective minimum 4 participants required)


  • tuesday: Lego with mr. Jeff (4:15-5:15) $30
  • thursday: Drawing with ms Leontine (4:15-5:15) $35


  • wednesday: Musical with ms Gabrielle (4:30-5:30) $30
  • thursday: Lego with mr. Jeff (4:30-5:30) $30

Kids Musical with ms Gabrielle

  • Wednesdays at Woodside 4:30-5:30, $30x 10 (Oct 4-Dec 6)

Write your own musical! 

In this class we will explore writing our own songs! (for age 6-12)

Introduction to singing techniques and gaining confidence in our voices will be our first focus.

We will also learn an introduction to scales, chords and intervals in preparation for writing our own songs.

Together we will come up with themes for songwriting, and work on lyric writing and song-craft. The semester will culminate in a performance open to the public where we bring these songs to life in the first act of our very own musical. 

Art Classes Ages 5-12 with Leontine Greenburg

Our innovative art lessons combine step-by-step instruction with open-ended play to encourage creative thinking and loads of fun. We focus on problem solving and exploring materials in unexpected ways, but most of all, we make cool stuff!

  • Drawing - Thursdays at Sunnyside (Ten sessions x $35) 4:15-5:15

We will use pencils, markers, charcoal, oil pastel, liquid watercolor, sharpie, acetate, tissue paper, and more to make messy fun in in two dimensions.

Teaching artist Leontine Greenberg makes paintings, puppets, and props for galleries and theater companies around the country. In November 2016, her work was exhibited at AFA Gallery in SoHo.

Arts & Crafts Class with Ms. Yejin Bae

What better way is there to start off the weekend with hands-on creativity along with fellow artist-friends! Our arts & crafts classes every Saturday encourage children to explore various materials and apply unique methods for creating art projects ranging from environmental art, recycle art, pattern designs, weaving, collages, and many more! 


Saturdays 10-11 am at Sunnyside Location (Ten sessions x $20)

Creative Lego Workshop

  • Creative Lego Workshop Tuesday at Sunnyside 4:15-5:15pm(10 sessions x$30)
  • Creative Lego Workshop Wednesdays at Woodside 4:30-5:30pm(10 sessions x $30)

The class will cover engineering basics, while focusing on the creative and artistic side of Lego building. So on top of learning how to build strong and functional structures and how to speak Lego-talk (“1x4”, “holy beams”, etc.), kids will also be introduced to concepts like complimentary colors, layers of detail, and imagining projects in both large and small scales. When group size allows, we will occasionally split into teams for some friendly, fun competition. Mr. Jeff has dreamed up fun projects in themes that include 'Impossible' Bridges, Three Eras of NASA Spaceships, Open-walled Interiors (house, restaurant, etc.), and more.

Pop Up Camps

Is school off? Our Pop Up Camp is on!

Our pop up day campers will taste little bit of everything what we do in our enrichment program. Each day, they will explore Music, art and Lego. Space is limited to 10 kids per class. Kids are divided into their own age groups ( 4-6 and 7-9 or 4-6, 7-8 and 9-10 yr), it depends on the registration.  Last minute Teacher and Parent Conference day Pop up Camp is available upon request (requires 4 participants).  

2017-2018 Pop Up Camp Schedule:

Labor Day 9/4/17-9/6/17 sign up here

Rosh Hashanah 9/21/17-9/22/17 sign up here 

Columbus Day 10/9/17 sign up here

Election Day 11/7/17 sign up here 

Dr. MLK jr. Day 1/15/18 sign up here 

Mid WInter Recess 2/19/18-2/23/18 sign up here 

Spring Break Camp 4/2/18-4/6/18 sign up here 

Memorial Day 5/28/18 sign up here 

Our pop up day campers will taste little bit of everything what we do in our enrichment program. Each day, they will explore Music, art and Lego. Space is limited to 10 kids per class. Kids are divided into their own age groups ( 4-6 and 7-9 or 4-6, 7-8 and 9-10 yr), it depends on the registration.

Daily Timeline

  • 9:30am-12pm Music
  • 12pm-1pm Lunch
  • 1pm-3pm Lego/Art Class


  • $40 / half day (9:30am-12pm or 1pm-3pm)
  • $70/ full day (9:30am-3pm)
  • Early drop off/ late pick up available ( add $10 per each additional hour)

Our 7-year old started with Ms. Choi with violin when he was 4, but when he heard Choi perform on her cello at a recital, he insisted on switching - and has never looked back. Now, he’s almost done with Suzuki book 2, and I’m continually impressed with his progress on the cello. Choi’s a great teacher - warm, but firm and keeps him focused. His 5-year old sister started violin at Sunnyside about 1 1/2 years ago too - her current teacher, Jessica, is great with kids and really keeps her engaged and motivated to practice! We are also big fans of Sunnyside’s pop-up and summer camp options. The kids do creative craft projects, play with legos, practice instruments, go to the park - and in the summer, my son even got to play in the rock band! They are our “go-to” for all school holidays when we have to work. The programming is much more engaging than other pop-up camps we’ve tried. The kids always come home with a cool craft and they learned something!
— google reveiw
Check out this hidden art germ Afterschool-Sunnyside String School Art Class inspired by pop-art star Jeff Koons available to youngsters in Sunnyside, they are so fortunate!
— Eli Rosenburg, NY Daily News
Choi Fairbanks is an amazing violin instructor! Choi is skilled at engaging a small child and making the violin lessons so much fun through music education & play. My son gets more than a violin lesson when he meets with Choi. That is, his fine motor skills, attention span and ability to distinguish sounds has greatly improved. My son is only 3.5 years old and he always looks forward to his violin lessons!
— Yelp review
Our 6 year old son has been taking piano with Ms. Choi for two years. The teacher is patient and knows how to work with children. Right now he is making up his own songs to learn the notes! Highly recommended
— google review
My daughter has been attending Sunnyside String School since kindergarten. She loves the art there which ranges the gamet from creating artwork based on weaving, creating robots from recycled materials to Jeff Koons inspired crafts. In addition to that they have music, lego and theater. The teachers including ms. Choi teach the kids so well. In addition they also provide after school care where the children can do homework, before their specialty. It’s a real boon to the neighborhood!
— google review

Group Music Classes

Music For Little Mozart



Music for Little Mozart Series is made especially for the preschool age group (four-, five- and six-year-olds). This curriculum provides a balance between the discipline necessary for playing the piano and the enjoyment one receives from the process of music making. Three correlating books (Music Lesson Book, Music Workbook and Music Discovery Book) at each of four levels guide the children through a comprehensive approach to musical learning, using the piano over approximately a two-year period. Twice a week lesson required.

$30/45 min Group class x 10 weeks minimum

Adventures in Violinland

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Young children learn to play
the violin in a creative, joyful

yet technically challenging
environment from the beginning.

violin/cello for age 4-6 yr

Sat 9:15-10am ($30 x 10 lessons)

at Woodside

Music Instructions in Home:  Our teachers are willing to travel to your house within walking distance from our two music schools with an extra $5 travel fee per child. 45 min. lesson minimum. 

Tuition must be prepaid for periods of either a full semester (20 weeks), half semester (10 weeks), or a minimum of one month with credit card contract option; not weekly, as-you-go, etc. Payment for the entire period (month, half- or full-semester) is due no later than the beginning of the first lesson of that period. A $20 late payment fee will be added when a payment is for less than a month (NO exception). 

Queens Music Academy and all of its staff cannot accept cash as a form of payment.  Please pay directly to Queens Music Academy using our online system.  Thank you for your understanding.

Click here to see profiles of our highly-qualified faculty members


How to start?  First, register your child below and then pay the trial lesson fee ($35). You will receive an email from the teacher to schedule a lesson.  You can purchase up to three trial lessons without a contract.  After three trials lessons the system automatically creates a minimum four-week contract ($35x 4 =$140).   Q? please call or text 347-762-02

If you take a violin, you can make it sound 50 different ways. Not just pizzicato and played by the bow, but ponticello, and harmonics, and tremolos. If you take an oboe and play it, there’s about one way you can make it sound: like an oboe
— John Corigliano
Actively learning to play an instrument can help a child’s academic achievement... the study showed that students who played instruments in class had more improved neural processing than the children who attended the music appreciation group.”... “We like to say that ‘making music matters,’” said Kraus. “Because it is only through the active generation and manipulation of sound that music can rewire the brain. ”

Last day of Summer Camp 2014

We celebrated our greatest city "New York" . Enjoy and have a great summer!

Posted by Choi Fairbanks on Friday, July 11, 2014