New Early Childhood Classes Starting the Week of January 12, 2015

New ClassesMusic for Nearly Twos & Twos
#24A     Adult/Child     Wednesdays, 11:00-11:45 am

Music, Stories, & Pre-Literacy (2.7-3.5 yrs.)
#61       Separation     Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 pm

Meet the Instrument (3&4 years)
 #51A     Separation     Mondays 3:45-4:30 pm

We continue to offer a spring section of Music Infants (3-8 months) #3S starting January 29th on Thursdays from 12:00-12:45 pm.

Contact Dorothy Appleton at or 212-369-1484, ext. 43 for additional information.

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Beginning the journey of music-making…

The Early Childhood Program—instituted in the early 1960s—offers an extensive selection of courses for introducing small groups of young children and their families to the joys of music and art. By engaging in developmentally appropriate group music experiences (listening, singing, moving, playing percussion instruments, and eventually reading and notating music), students are given the foundation for a comprehensive music education and the tools to express themselves artistically.

Diller-Quaile’s curriculum—incorporating the pedagogies of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Zoltán Kodály, Carl Orff, Shinichi Suzuki, Maria Montessori, and Edwin Gordon—is taught through a repertoire of international folk songs as well as classical, modern, popular, and original music. Classes feature pianists who improvise accompaniments in a variety of styles in response to the children’s singing and movement. In our combined music and art offerings, children begin to develop skills and an appreciation of art concepts through hands-on experiences with a wide range of media, materials, and tools.

Diller-Quaile’s highly trained and dedicated faculty is complemented by our Early Childhood Development Consultant, who works closely with teachers and is available for periodic class observations and parent consultations. The Early Childhood Department also presents discussions on child development that are open to parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children enrolled in classes; other School-wide events for families are scheduled throughout the year. Year-end student reports provide an overview of each child’s classroom experiences.

2014-2015 Early Childhood Admissions

Please review the 2014-2015 Diller-Quaile Catalog and Guide to Your Child’s Diller-Quaile Education or view the 2014-2015 Early Childhood Classes below for the Schedule of Courses.


To apply for Early Childhood group classes for children three months to six years of age, please complete the online application and arrange for payment of the $60.00 application fee.

Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Preference is given to returning students and siblings who apply early. Upon receipt of your application, we will provide an enrollment contract for your child to enroll in your top class choice available at the time. The first round of enrollment contracts are mailed in mid-March, followed by continuing admissions. See the Admissions Tab for additional information about the admissions process including answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

For more information on Early Childhood classes, or to check on availability before applying, please contact Dorothy Appleton, Head of Early Childhood Admissions at 212-369-1484, ext. 43 or email

There is still room in some of our Early Childhood classes for 2014-2015.

2014-2015 Early Childhood Program

EC Preschool ClassThe Early Childhood Program offers group classes for children from three months to six years of age.

Individual instrument instruction for children four years of age and up, and musicianship classes for children in first grade and up, are offered through the Instrumental and Vocal Department.

A child’s age as of September 1, 2014 is used for placement purposes.

Early Childhood classes are conducted in the following formats:

Adult/Child: Children attend with a parent, grandparent or other adult.
Separation: Children attend unaccompanied.

Classes meet for a 30-week academic year except for a spring section of
Music Infants (3-8 months; #3S), which meets for 15 weeks, beginning in early 2015.

2014-2015 Early Childhood Classes
(ages are as of September 1, 2014)

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View and download a 2014-2015 Application Form


2015-2016 Early Childhood Admissions

The 2015-2016 Diller-Quaile Catalog and A Guide to Your Child’s Diller-Quaile Education
will be available in pdf format on this website in February 2015.

If you would like to receive paper copies, please email your name and mailing address to


Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (7:30-8:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (8:00-8:45 a.m.)

At the Open Houses (adults only) you have an opportunity to meet the Early Childhood Faculty,
visit classrooms, and learn more about Diller-Quaile.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you will join us in 2015-2016!

 (No need to RSVP)