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.


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.

Tuesday 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Practice Strategies for Pianists
In this weekly class, students learn strategies and techniques for establishing solid and disciplined practice tools during the week. Piano students learn how to practice their weekly assignment and develop sight-reading skills as well. Students learn by instruction and observation of other students. Parents of students enrolled in the class are invited to attend each week. Piano students with one or more years of study are eligible for enrollment.

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


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 3:15-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m.


Secondary Piano Instruction (Age 10 and up)
Non-piano majors 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.


Piano Ensemble Class
Students participate in repertoire written for 4-hands, 6-hands, or 8-hands ensembles. This class provides an opportunity for pianists to study chamber music, exploring a range of repertoire from Baroque through Contemporary composers. Students learn strategies for sight-reading and how to work collaboratively. Ensembles perform in school concerts.

Beginner Saturday 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Intermediate Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Advanced Saturday 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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