Mission & History
Diller-Quaile’s mission is to develop the innate musicality in each individual, inspiring participation for a lifetime.
Artistry, Musicianship, Creativity, Collaboration, and Commitment
OUR GOALS ARE TO:
- Offer individual and group music instruction, and ensemble and performance opportunities, to students of all levels and abilities.
- Foster musicianship and the development of skills, knowledge, and expressivity through responsive teaching.
- Provide teacher training courses, programs, and professional development initiatives, which inspire academic and administrative excellence, and further innovative thinking.
- Promote cultural vibrancy and lifelong engagement in the arts through performances by faculty and guest artists, student concerts, master classes, and educational outreach programs.
OUR OBJECTIVES ARE REALIZED BY:
- Providing excellence in music education—for infants through adults—from beginning through advanced study.
- Cultivating and retaining a highly qualified faculty and staff comprised of credentialed, experienced, and dedicated artists, educators, and administrators.
- Creating an artistically inspiring environment which is experienced in beautiful, well-equipped music studios and an acoustically outstanding performance space.
The Diller-Quaile School of Music was founded in 1920 by pianists Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile. Since the School’s founders believed that the capacity for understanding and creating music exists in everyone, it was essential that their music school provide a dynamic and well-rounded experience not just for select students, but for all. Together, they initiated a comprehensive approach to teaching music, correlating individual piano lessons with classes in musicianship and theory. Their purpose was to develop musically sensitive and receptive individuals who played with the eloquence that comes from understanding the structure of music and the inner relationships of musical elements within a composition. Through inspired teaching, they would awaken in students a responsiveness to the beauty of music and to the subtleties of artistic performance.
The first teachers at the School were selected from the two founders’ adult pupils. As the School grew, so did the need for more teachers, and formal teacher training courses evolved. In addition to developing materials for teachers, Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile collaborated to write the well-known Diller-Quaile Series, starting with the “First Solo Book” in 1918. Ultimately, they authored many books, which have sold more than two million copies worldwide. Some of these publications are still in print and currently used in individual lessons and classes at the School.
Today, The Diller-Quaile School of Music is a thriving community music school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, comprised of the following departments: Early Childhood, Instrumental and Vocal, Adult, Teacher Training, and Outreach. Curricula emanate primarily from international folk music and classical music. Throughout the academic year, Rug Concerts, master classes, student recitals, performances by faculty and guest artists, and special events are offered. Diller-Quaile annually enrolls approximately 1,000 students of all ages. Additionally, the School’s extensive Outreach Programs bring the spirit and mission of Diller-Quaile to approximately 1,000 individuals throughout New York City.