The Instrumental and Vocal Department provides beginning to advanced study in piano, strings, voice, woodwindsguitar, and harp through comprehensive programs (core, full, and extended), weekly class or ensemble instruction, the High School Certificate Program, and the Summer Music Institute. Percussion instruction is offered through orchestra and chamber ensembles. The traditions and artistic approach to teaching cultivated by the School’s founders, Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile, continue to guide the School’s programs to this day. Diller-Quaile’s faculty is united by the pedagogical principles of using repertoire of enduring quality, teaching technique musically, and leading students to an understanding of the structure of music. Through an integrated approach to music education, the School’s dedicated and skilled faculty develop the emerging artistry in each student.

COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM

HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

  • Auditioned Three-Year Program for Grades 10-12
    • Intensive Weekly Program
    • Multiple Performances
    • Jury Examinations
    • Master Classes
    • Community Service
    • College Application Advisement
    • Solo Junior & Senior Recitals

WEEKLY CLASS OR ENSEMBLE ONLY

  • Class Instrument or Voice Instruction for Beginners
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Contemporary Ensemble Workshop
  • Diller-Quaile Youth Opera
  • Extended Techniques for Strings
  • Keyboard Harmony & Improvisation
  • Musicianship Class
  • Orchestra or Chorus
  • Practice Strategies

SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE
Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19, 2015

  • One Week Institute in Grades 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12
    • Chamber Music
    • Institute Orchestra
    • Institute Chorus
    • Music in New York
    • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
    • Field Trip
    • Performances

Diller-Quaile’s instrument and voice curriculum provides students with a sequenced learning experience. Tailored to the individual instrument or voice, the curriculum focuses on building technical skill as a foundation for expressive performance. Early study begins with folk songs and progresses to the standard literature of each instrument. Rooted in the teaching philosophy of the School’s founders, the musicianship curriculum incorporates the approaches of pedagogues such as Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Zoltán Kodály, Carl Orff, and Edwin Gordon. Developed over Diller-Quaile’s illustrious history, the curriculum continues to evolve, as the faculty’s work is informed by experience and current research in the field of music education.

Performance is central to instrument study at Diller-Quaile, and the Department provides a robust schedule of varied opportunities at every level of study. Monthly Playing Parties for younger students and Performance Seminars for teens, as well as String Festivals and Liederabends, afford students a chance to perform in an informal and supportive setting. Students perform solo each semester, and Advanced Recitals, in which students play extended groups of works, are held each spring. High school students who demonstrate excellence in performance are invited to present a solo Senior Recital, drawing upon repertoire from the standard literature. Advanced students may also compete in the School’s annual Concerto Competition.

The faculty recognizes and values the importance of advisement and ongoing communication with families. Throughout registration and scheduling, administrators work with families to tailor program schedules to individual educational needs. Lesson teachers design customized plans for each student based on the School’s curriculum and provide families with written feedback about students’ work and progress in lessons and classes each semester. Parent-Teacher Conferences provide an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s musical growth and progress with the lesson teacher.

 

Applying for Instrumental or Voice Study

  1. Attendance at an Open House and Information Session is the required first step in the application process for instrument or voice study. At these adult-only events, the School provides a detailed introduction to the department. Families may also submit an application and schedule an interview at the close of the session. 2015-2016 Open Houses will be held on the following days at Diller-Quaile:
    • Friday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.

    An RSVP is not necessary. If you have further questions, please contact the Instrumental and Vocal Admissions and Concerts Coordinator, at 212-369-1484, extension 26, or lessons@diller-quaile.org.

  2. Submit an application online or download an application.
  3. Contact the Admissions & Concerts Coordinator to schedule an interview. At the interview, experienced students will play or sing one of their current pieces. A child new to study will have an opportunity to try an instrument, while together we assess readiness for study. At Diller-Quaile the emphasis is on tailoring programs for each student’s educational needs, from beginning to advanced players. Priority will be given to students who interview in June.

 

Tuition Rates 2015-2016 (30-Week Program)

In addition to weekly program schedules, tuition at each level also includes:

  • Monthly Solo & Ensemble Performances
  • Accompaniment for String, Voice, and Woodwind Lessons & Performances
  • Student Progress Reports Each Semester
  • Parent Workshops
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Advisement for Summer Program and College Applications

 

CORE PROGRAM
(LESSON AND MUSICIANSHIP CLASS)

Piano, Guitar and Harp Voice and Woodwinds
30 minutes $3,425 $3,500
45 minutes $3,895 $3,995
60 minutes $4,395 $4,600

FULL PROGRAM
(CORE PROGRAM PLUS GROUP/REPERTOIRE CLASS OR ENSEMBLE)

Piano, Guitar and Harp String, Voice and Woodwinds
30 minutes $4,060 $4,160
45 minutes $4,645 $4,775
60 minutes $5,100 $5,295

EXTENDED PROGRAM
(FULL PROGRAM PLUS ADDITIONAL CLASS AND/OR ENSEMBLE)

Piano, Guitar and Harp String, Voice and Woodwinds
45 minutes $4,975 $5,025
60 minutes $5,470 $5,565

SECONDARY INSTRUMENT STUDY

30 minute lesson $1,980
45 minute lesson $2,680
60 minute lesson $3,580

DILLER-QUAILE YOUTH OPERA $750
CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP $250
WEEKLY CLASS OR INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTION $1,455
WEEKLY CHORUS, ORCHESTRA, ENSEMBLE, MUSICIANSHIP OR ELECTIVE $1,395
HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM $5,795

SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE
(1-WEEK PROGRAM: MONDAY, JUNE 15 – FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015)

Full Day (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) $830
Half Day (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) $330
Half Day (3:30-5:30 p.m.) $330
Extended High School Afternoon (2:00-5:30 p.m.) $430

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the 2015-2016 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or info@diller-quaile.org.