The Instrumental and Vocal Department provides beginning to advanced study in piano, strings, voice, woodwinds, and guitar 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 pedagogical principles such as using repertoire of enduring quality, teaching technique musically, and guiding students to an understanding of the structure of music. Through this integrated approach to music education, our dedicated and skilled faculty develops a responsiveness in students to the beauty of music and to the subtleties of artistic performance.

COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM

  • Individual Lesson and Musicianship Class with additional weekly classes and ensembles
    • Suzuki Group Class or Repertoire Class
    • Orchestra, Chorus, or Contemporary Ensemble
    • Chamber Ensemble
    • Elective Classes

HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

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

WEEKLY CLASS OR ENSEMBLE ONLY

  • Beginning Instrument or Voice Class
  • Musicianship Class
  • Keyboard Harmony & Improvisation for Pianists
  • Extended Techniques for Violin or Cello
  • Orchestra, Chorus, or Contemporary Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensemble

SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE

  • One Week Institute in Grades 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2013
    Full Day and Half Day Options

    • Chamber Music
    • Institute Orchestra
    • Institute Chorus
    • Music in New York
    • 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 short 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 there are varied opportunities at every level of study. Monthly Playing Parties for all ages 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.

The faculty understands and deeply 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. As the year progresses, teachers and administrators assure that communication remains open and current, best serving the progress of each student. Each semester teachers share written feedback with families about students’ work and progress in lessons and classes, and mid-year Parent-Teacher Conferences provide an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress and music education with their child’s teacher.

 Applying for Instrumental or Voice Study

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the current school year,
please contact Jing Li, Admissions & Concerts Coordinator,
at 212-369-1484, extension 26, or lessons@diller-quaile.org
.

OPEN HOUSES & INFORMATION SESSIONS
FOR 2014-2015

Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.

  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. 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.
  3. Schedule and attend an 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 2013-2014 (30-WEEK PROGRAM)

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

  • Monthly Playing Parties
  • Teen Performance Seminars
  • Year-round Solo & Ensemble Performances
  • Accompaniment in String, Voice, and Woodwind Lessons & Performances
  • Winter & Spring Student Progress Reports

CORE PROGRAM
(LESSON AND MUSICIANSHIP CLASS)

Piano and Guitar Voice and Woodwinds
30 minutes $3,225 $3,285
45 minutes $3,695 $3,780
60 minutes $4,230 $4,345

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

Piano and Guitar String, Voice and Woodwinds
30 minutes $3,755 $3,810
45 minutes $4,295 $4,370
60 minutes $4,685 $4,795

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

Piano and Guitar String, Voice and Woodwinds
45 minutes $4,550 $4,660
60 minutes $4,965 $5,095

SECONDARY INSTRUMENT STUDY

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

WEEKLY CLASS INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTION $1,375
WEEKLY CHORUS, ORCHESTRA, ENSEMBLE, MUSICIANSHIP OR ELECTIVE $1,315
HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM $5,195

SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE
(1-WEEK PROGRAM: JUNE 17-21, 2013)

Full Day (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) $800
Half Day (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) $300
Half Day (3:30-5:30 p.m.) $300

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the 2013-2014 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or lessons@diller-quaile.org.