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.

Cello Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Flute Monday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Guitar Friday 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Piano Tuesday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Piano Thursday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Piano Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Piano Saturday 1:15-2:00 p.m.
Viola Friday 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Voice Wednesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Voice Thursday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Voice Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.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.

Boys Vocal Class Thursday 4:30-5:15 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.

Secondary Piano Instruction Wednesday 4:30-5:15 p.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.

Keyboard Harmony & Improvisation for Pianists Monday 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Extended Techniques for Violin and Cello
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 Ensembles page


Chamber Music

Intermediate and Advanced Players (audition required)

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 (audition required)

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

The Diller-Quaile Orchestra

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

Contemporary Ensemble

Audition required Saturday 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Grades 3-5 Tuesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Grades 1&2 Thursday 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Grades 6-8 Thursday 5:00-5:45 p.m.

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