Through its Outreach Department, Diller-Quaile nurtures its relationship with the extended community. Since 1973, the Summer Music Study Program (SMSP) has provided music education to the children and teachers of New York City’s day care and after-school centers in Central and East Harlem. Using a rich repertoire of international folk music drawn from the many cultures of our world, the five-week program develops the participants’ musical skills and abilities. The SMSP culminates each summer with a vibrant festival of song and dance.
Initiated in the mid-1980s, the Outreach Teacher Training courses—Early Childhood Music, Level I (101 & 501) and Level II (102)—later evaluated and recommended for undergraduate and graduate credit by the University of the State of New York, New York State Board of Regents National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS)—teach day care center instructors how to integrate music into the early childhood classroom. Teachers gain an understanding of the musical development of young children, and acquire skills and strategies for implementing an engaging international folk music curriculum.
While these semester courses are taught at the School, an added component of the program, the Partnership Program (begun in 1995), provides classroom music sessions, on-site mentoring, and staff workshops to several participating day care centers in Harlem. Additionally, students enrolled in neighboring day care centers are encouraged to attend weekend Rug Concerts with their families.
Classical Access (created in 1994) brings the Diller-Quaile String Quartet to the LEAAF after-school center in Harlem, Central Park East II School (CPE II), the Lillian Weber Dual Language School for Environmental Arts (P.S. 84), and to three New York Public Libraries in the Bronx and Harlem as a part of their Family Concert Series. Designed as an introduction to chamber music for groups of children, these residencies are a series of informal, hands-on presentations at each institution.
In order to provide seniors with additional opportunities for music appreciation and enjoyment, DQSQ also presents a series of three chamber music concerts at the West 74th Street Home—an affordable residential care facility for older adults
The Diller-Quaile/Burden Center for the Aging Partnership (formed in 2000) provides older adults with opportunities for growth and personal fulfillment through music. The School leads a weekly singing group for the Carter Burden Luncheon Club and Senior Program where participants are taught to read rhythmic and melodic notation, as well as to gain an appreciation and knowledge of vocal repertoire.
Through the Diller-Quaile/Mount Sinai Hospital Program (begun in 2003), the School’s resident flute and guitar ensemble, Arc Duo, shares music with the patients, staff, and visitors at Mount Sinai Medical Center. These concerts take place in the surgical registration and waiting area where the music is appreciated by patients, staff, and visitors, including those who happen to be passing by, or those who are drawn to the healing music of flute and guitar.
In keeping with its mission and its belief that music is in everyone and for everyone, Diller-Quaile is strongly committed to providing need-based financial assistance through its Scholarship Fund.
Diller-Quaile is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on contributions to its Annual Fund each year to help bridge the gap between tuition revenues and expenses. The Annual Fund allows the School to keep tuition increases to a minimum while maintaining its superb faculty, program excellence, community outreach, and Scholarship Fund.