The perfect team to bring the joy of music to life!
Choi Fairbanks, director
She has passion to teach really young children violin, cello and piano and pass down her love of music and art! Holds dual Masters' degrees on Classical and Jazz Performance at University of South Florida.
Jessica Pavone, Violin/Piano/Viola
Jessica holds a degree in Music Education and is a certified music teacher in the states of New York and Connecticut. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, she has taught privately, instructed group classes as well as directed youth orchestra programs.
Jia Xu, Violin
Violinist Jia Xu attended the Eastman Schoo of Music (B.M., M.M., Performance Certificate), As a holder of the OSD Mellon Scholarship at Eastman, she captured First Prize in the Beijing Violin Competition. Jia has also been featured on the classical radio show "From the Top" (2001). She has appeared in master classes with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Midori Goto, Alice Schoenfeld, Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow, and Pinchas Zukerman.
Julia Chen, Piano/Jazz
A dedicated, engaging teacher of general music, piano, composition, improvisation, music theory, ear training, and music analysis, who integrates high-quality music training with experiential earning to bring diverse student populations to fluency in music. Julia holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and has led, composed, and arranged for groups in New York and Ohio. She has nine years of experience teaching piano and she emphasizes ear training, theory, and improvisation during lessons.
Rosa Jang, Flute
Rosa completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she won the chamber music competition. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. Her major teachers include Rocksun Moon, Sara Andon, Fenwick Smith, Ransom Wilson, and Carol Wincenc. As a devoted teacher, Rosa taught in several public schools such as John. C. Daniels School of International Communication, Cooperative Arts and Humanities high school, and Mauro Sheridan Magnet School. Rosa had also taught in Morse Summer Academy (Yale School of Music) as a flute faculty for 4 years. She is currently an undergraduate flute lesson instructor in Stony Brook University.
Katie Broad, theater/ movement
Specialize in coaching and training students ages 4-10 in Musical Theater and Acting techniques, using vocal and physical exercises to encourage confidence and healthy performing habits.
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Beginner Piano and Voice
Amirtha holds a B.A. and M.M. in Vocal Performance, with training in Classical/Opera, Jazz, South Indian Carnatic music and Classical piano. She loves to teach all genres of music including Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Pop, Rock and R&B. As a musician, Amirtha is a composer, vocalist, and improviser, playing keyboards and Indian harmonium in many different bands and ensembles. She regularly premieres works by some of the most innovative composers in the world, and is the bandleader of her own experimental Jazz quartet. Amirtha has been teaching voice and piano for over 9 years, and is thrilled to be teaching in the diverse and wonderful borough of Queens!
Alex Cummings, Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophones), Drums, Guitar
Earned awards such as outstanding soloist awards at the N.J.I.A.J.E. State Finals Jazz Festivals, Berklee College High School Jazz Festival Judge's Choice Soloist award, and the Maestro Award at the Washington D.C. Inaugural Music Festival. Holds a bachelors' degree in music from Oberlin college and Master's degree in Music Education from Queens College , his occupation is teaching private lessons and performing with session bands, as well as leading his own groups in NYC.
Trombone, Trumpet, Jazz Composition and Creative Lego Workshop
Deemed a “rising multi-faceted star if not musical voice on the New York scene” (@CriticalJazz), 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow Jeff Fairbanks has won a number of highly competitive awards for composing, including the USAF Sammy Nestico Award, the Jerome Fund, ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and the BMI Charlie Parker Award. He has won eight grants from the following institutions: the Aaron Copland Fund, the Queens Council on the Arts, and New Music USA (formerly American Music Center). Click here for the artist website.
STEVEN CHELLIAH; Guitar
Guitar (Electric, Acoustic), Composition/Arranging, Music Theory, Jazz Piano
Steven holds a dual B.M degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston) in ; Jazz Composition (Master’s Degree equivalent), and Contemporary Writing & Production. He is an innovative composer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter in the Rock/Jazz/Funk/Soul idiom. Steven has developed advanced compositional and improvisational techniques which utilize all of the Eastern exotic scales of Indian Carnatic Music, within a Western frame-work to open up a whole new world of Harmonic and Scalar (melodic) innovation. This fresh new system of his called FuzAsian can be heard throughout his work. Apart from teaching music part-time, Steven is a full-time musician in New York City’s music scene, leading his own solo project and also working on film scoring projects as a freelancer.
Daniel Lamas, Violin
Former faculty and Staff Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile. Holds Master's degree, Manhattan School of Music and Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Erasmus) Paris, France
Specializes in working with students to develop a solid technical and musical understanding through creating a specialized and personal program for each student. I firmly believe that there is no one way to approach the instrument since we are unique, and that is why we must find etudes and repertoire that are suited for our individuality.
Nina Dante, Voice/Piano
Nina Dante believes in music as a form of personal expression, and loves to help kids tap into their artistic potential. She is dedicated to guiding young musicians from their earliest exposure to music to a deep technical and emotional understanding of their art form. She teaches both piano and voice, and is experienced in classical, musical theater and pop styles.
Nina received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance Degree from Northwest Bienen School of Music (Chicago), an studied classical voice and chamber music at the École normal de musique in Paris, France. She taught private voice and piano in Chicago from 2012-2015, and in NYC since 2015.
CLAIRE JIHYE CHOI, Voice and beginner piano
Manhattan School of Music, Voice Master Degree, Mannes College of Music Extension Program, Eugene Italia (Italian Language Program) in Milano.
Deborah Im, Piano
Majored in Piano Performance at Mannes, Manhattan School of Music and Stony Brook. More info will be updated soon!