Instrumental & Vocal Department

Diller-Quaile offers a program of piano study for the early beginner through the advanced high school student, beginning at age five or older. The inclusive philosophy of Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile, as well as various pedagogical approaches, informs an approach that assures teaching tailored to the needs of the individual student, with a strong emphasis on building confident solo performing, fluent music reading, and skillful ensemble participation.

A typical program is comprised of an individual lesson and a Musicianship Class, with students participating in Repertoire Class and Chamber Music as they progress through the curriculum.

Suzuki Group Playing Classes
Students play their shared repertoire in a motivating social environment that reinforces work done in lessons; they also hear pieces soon to be studied. Additionally, opportunities to play solos in class help students gain confidence as performers. Suzuki Group Classes are organized according to playing level.

Beginners Thursday 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Books I-II Monday 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Books III-IV Thursday 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Piano Repertoire Class
Advanced pianists participate in this weekly class, which focuses on the interpretation and performance of works from the standard literature. Students are coached on solo repertoire and learn from observing and participating in the work of fellow students. This class provides a venue for students to perform each week and to discuss the various stylistic periods, genres, and performance practices relevant to their repertoire.

Saturday 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Keyboard Harmony & Improvisation for Pianists
Designed for intermediate and advanced pianists, Keyboard Harmony focuses on the development of keyboard skills necessary to utilize the piano as a tool for a comprehensive understanding of a range of genres. Students will learn how to harmonize melodies and improvise, using different accompaniments and chord progressions. In addition, students will be introduced to jazz progressions, chord structures, and jazz theory.

Monday 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Piano Class Instruction for Beginners
These small classes provide an introduction to study in an engaging and supportive group setting. Students learn the fundamentals of first-year study, including instrument technique and music reading. Classes explore a variety of music styles through group and solo playing or singing and participate in Diller-Quaile concerts. Teachers facilitate the transition to individual study in the second year.

Tuesday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Saturday 1:15-2:00 p.m.

Secondary Piano Instruction (Age 10 and up)
String, voice, and woodwind students learn the fundamentals of piano study in this engaging and supportive group setting. Students develop piano technique through the study of scales, keyboard harmony, and mastery of repertoire. This class is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the structure and processes of music, thereby supporting their comprehensive music education.

Wednesday 4:30-5:15 p.m. $1,375

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