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
    • Master Classes
    • Community Service
    • College Application Advisement
    • Solo Senior Recital

WEEKLY CLASS OR ENSEMBLE ONLY

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

SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE

  • One Week Institute in Grades 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20, 2014
    • 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 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.
  • Submit an application online or download an application.
  • Schedule and attend an interview. Interviews will be held throughout the month of June. 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.

 

Tuition Rates 2014-2015 (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 and Guitar Voice and Woodwinds
30 minutes $3,325 $3,415
45 minutes $3,805 $3,930
60 minutes $4,360 $4,520

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

Piano and Guitar String, Voice and Woodwinds
30 minutes $3,905 $3,995
45 minutes $4,470 $4,590
60 minutes $4,875 $5,035

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

Piano and Guitar String, Voice and Woodwinds
45 minutes $4,775 $4,895
60 minutes $5,215 $5,350

SECONDARY INSTRUMENT STUDY

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

WEEKLY CLASS INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTION $1,415
WEEKLY CHORUS, ORCHESTRA, ENSEMBLE, MUSICIANSHIP OR ELECTIVE $1,355
HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM $5,495

SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE
(1-WEEK PROGRAM: JUNE 16-20, 2014)

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

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the 2014-2015 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or lessons@diller-quaile.org.