• Hug Music


    creative & nurturing music lessons for all abilities


Hug Music is the unique music school located in Forest Hills, Queens which provides creative, flexible, and nurturing music lessons for individuals of any age and ability, including individuals with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our mission is to spread and nurture a love for music by targeting each student’s growth both as a musician and person. Hug Music uses a unique approach to teaching music. With great care, we learn about each student and tailor the contents of the lessons to meet the student’s interests, strengths, progress, and needs.

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We offer private instruction on piano, guitar and song-writing, as well as group programs for babies and toddlers. Our programs for children with special needs include Musicreative , Hug for Music Soul, and adaptive piano lessons.

  • Group Classes for Babies and Toddlers

    Small group classes for young children, using our original method with a focus on improving both musical and non-musical skills through enjoyable and success-oriented musical activities.

  • Private Lessons for Children and Teens

    Private instructions on classical piano, jazz piano, guitar, and songwriting as well as introductory class for young children.

  • Programs for Children with Special Needs

    Adaptive piano lesson and Musicreative, the original music education method developed by music therapist/teacher Kana Kamitsubo which combines music therapy and education.

  • Lesson for Adults and Seniors

    Private instruction on classical piano, jazz piano, guitar, and songwriting as well as group guitar class.

  • Advanced Training for Music Therapists

    Private instruction on clinical improvisation and an advanced training for Musicreative

Our Philosophy

Hug Music’s primary focus is to nurture the love for music in each student. Teachers at Hug Music respect each student’s uniqueness and work hard to bring the best out of their students. We appreciate and enjoy the differences of the students and are trained to modify and tailor instruction based on strengths, preferences, needs, and progress.

→ Learn 5 fundamentals that comprise our teachings at Hug Music

Success Stories

Learn success stories of students at Hug Music.

hug-logo-300x336 “Ms. Kana made a miracle happen! Immediately after M started to work with her, I was impressed by her enormous effort and extraordinary skills to improve my son’s skills. She carefully observes M’s behaviors and tries to understand the reasons behind them in order to decrease inappropriate behaviors and increase proper behaviors. It was impressive that M’s attention span greatly increased within 8 sessions and he was able to maintain his focus and fully participate in a 30 minute lesson with no problems.Read more

— Lisa Mother of a boy Mark, who is diagnosed with autism

4. Mark paper piano


→  Watch the case study video of Mark 




“Kana has helped my son, E, in numerous ways in the four years that he has taken piano lessons with her and first began his formal music education. Kana challenges Ellis with kindness and patience to work hard and do his best, leading him to take pride in what he has accomplished. Kana’s encouragement has helped my son grow in confidence as a musician so that he now often enjoys making up his own pieces and singing along with them.” Read more

– Eileen, mother of E and husband of R, who are both students


“Since my boys started music lessons with Kana, their love for music has grown tremendously. Mrs. Kana’s class promotes not only music, but also self-esteem and confidence. Her creative ways to teach music has inspired my boys to explore new music, new melodies, new sounds and love for the stage!! Every week, the boys are excited to learn something new and they are happy to be part of Kana’s music program.” Read more

— Lina, mother of boys S and E who is diagnosed with autism.


Sasha is the best teacher that my daughter could have… his passion for music and love for teaching together with his smile are so inspiring that learning guitar seems easy!”

– Maryela, mother of a 12-year old daughter


“My husband and I are so happy with Kana’s music program and how much our son has grown and developed. With Kana’s guidance and expertise, he has become an accomplished pianist and, more importantly, loves playing the piano. With her understanding that there are many ways to teach music, Kana promotes his love and passion for music by encouraging and challenging him to grow. I would highly recommend her music program to any child who wants to learn in a fun and creative way. It is special and unique for your child’s progress.”

– Kim, a mother of an 11-year old son with autism.


“My daughter A has been inspired and become more confident and sociable since she started to take music lessons with Kana. I couldn’t have imagined how happy our lives could get by her learning music.” Read more

— Denys, mother of A

→ Read more about what parents of our students are saying about Hug Music