Instrumental & Vocal Department

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.

Flute Monday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Guitar Friday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Guitar Saturday 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Piano Tuesday 3:15-4:00 p.m.
Piano Thursday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Piano Thursday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Piano Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Voice Saturday 2:00-2:45 p.m.


Boys Vocal Class
The Boys Vocal Class focuses on the study and performance of solo and ensemble repertoire written specifically for the unchanged boy’s voice, as well as works traditionally performed by boy singers. Class members build a foundation of vocal technique with an emphasis on posture, breath, tone production, and diction. Sight-reading and ensemble listening supports the development of critical musicianship skills. Members of the class perform in Diller-Quaile concerts throughout the year.

Thursday 4:45-5:30 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 2:00-2:45 p.m.


Extended Techniques for Violinists and Cellists
These classes for intermediate and advanced violinists and cellists are an exploration of contemporary classical and non-classical genres, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock, and funk. Students will learn to play works from these styles and will learn new skills and techniques such as improvisation, swing bowing, chopping, and more.

Extended Techniques for Violinists Wednesday 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Extended Techniques for Cellists Wednesday 7:00-7:45 p.m.


The courses listed below are also available for class-only enrollment.
Course descriptions, as well as additional offerings, may be found on the Musicianship and Ensembles pages.

Chamber Music

Intermediate and Advanced Players (audition required)


Saturday 1:00-1:45 p.m.


Saturday 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Grades 3-5 Tuesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Grades 1&2 Thursday 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Grades 5-7 Thursday 5:00-5:45 p.m.

Harmony and Improvisation

Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Young Children’s Chorus

Grades 1&2 Wednesday 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Intermediate Chorus

Grades 3-6 Wednesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.

The Diller-Quaile Chorus

Grades 5-8 Monday 4:40-5:40 p.m.

Reading Orchestra

Saturday 9:00-9:45 a.m.

The Diller-Quaile Orchestra

Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m.


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