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Our Story

When the Ottawa Folklore Centre closed its doors in 2014, Ottawa was in danger of losing an iconic part of its musical history. Sunnyside Music School embraces the past, present, and future; many of the instructors have continued to teach at the Bank St. location over the past 25 years. Instructors and students alike thrive in the dynamic collaborative environment. Private, at home, or a group lessons; we adapt to deliver the highest level of music education. 

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Holding a Saxophone

When Kelly Craig (musician, educator, founder of Shine Music Academy) was approached to take over Sunnyside Music School in May 2018, he did so with commitment while honouring the rich history of this location.  



  • By continuing to provided a high standard to accessible music education. 

  • By continuing to grow a team of talented, dedicated, and experienced instructors.

  • By inheriting the wisdom and mentality from the legacy instructors of the  Ottawa Folklore Centre.

  • By the sharing and reminding of our love of music. 

At Sunnyside Music School, the future sounds good! 

Our Approach

The First Note – We thrive on ensuring every student gets the most out of their lesson. From the very first note a student plays, our instructors will tailor lessons to fit their unique aptitudes and interests.  


Teaching In Harmony – We all learn best when we are inspired. Connecting on a personal and musical level improves the learning experience. Our instructors are not only here to teach, but to listen to the needs and goals of their students, and provide the resources necessary to guide them on their musical journey.

Music Class
Wearing Mask

Cancellation Policy

- We require 48 hours advance notice if there will be an absence. (lesson reminders are sent out 48 hours in advance)

- 2 absences will be allowed without charge given the student has above an 80% attendance record.

- An email must be sent to to confirm any changes or absences with the name of the student, the date and time of the lesson and the teacher. Additionally you can make changes to your schedule in the Parent Student Portal here: Here Make arrangements with the teacher and/or program director to reschedule the lesson within 3 days of the originally scheduled lesson. (613-730-2887, or 613-851-4682).

- Sudden illnesses will be considered. In the case of an illness, we also offer online lessons so students won't miss their lesson.

Our Calendar

Sunnyside Music School follows the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) school year calendar.

Click here for OCDSB Calendar

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