UNLEASH YOUR IMAGINATION THROUGH MUSIC & ART

Since 2008, Sunnyside String School has led the effort to nurture our neighborhood children and encourage to be bold and express through art.  

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. He pioneered the idea that any pre-school age child could begin to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body.

MUSIC LESSONS

We are a comprehensive music school, course offerings include: private instruction for all orchestral and band instruments (violin, cello, viola, flute, saxophones, clarinet, trombone and trumpet), as well as piano, voice, guitar, and composition; musicianship; orchestra ;chamber music; Suzuki violin and cello classes.  

Enrichment Programs

Our Enrichment programs are designed for children aged 4-13 years old. Participants will explore Art, Music, Science, Theater and Legos on their respective weekdays. 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.

 


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
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.
— TIME
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
This is great! My 3 year old goes here and she loves Miss Choi! She is doing both piano and violin. When my other baby will turn 3, I’ll bring her too!! Big LIKE!
— facebook
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 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 reveiw
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

SUNNYSIDE STRING SCHOOL IS ORGANIZED INTO THREE SEMESTERS:

  • FALL IS 15 WEEKS:  2ND WEEK OF SEPT - 1ST/2ND WEEK OF JAN.

  • SPRING IS 20 WEEKS: 2ND WEEK OF JAN - 1ST /2ND WEEK OF JUN.

  • SUMMER IS 4-8 WEEKS: JUL - AUG. DATES MAY VARY.

What We've Achieved

  • We have highly qualified and dedicated faculty members
  • Offer a performance opportunity every three months. 
  • Offers donation based fee programs: String Orchestra and Rock band