Diller-Quaile nurtures its relationship with New York City through its many Community Programs, beginning with programming for our city’s youngest music makers. Since 1973, the Summer Music Partnership Program (SMPP) has provided dynamic musical experiences for young children from Harlem area day care centers, preschools, Head Start centers, NYC EarlyLearn programs, and social service agencies. Every summer, the five-week program provides opportunities for expressive age-appropriate singing, instrument playing, movement, and artistic expression. The program strongly emphasizes collaboration, cultural awareness, and the development of each child’s musical understanding. The SMPP culminates each summer with the Festivals of International Folk Music, a celebration of the children’s artistic accomplishments at Diller-Quaile.
Diller-Quaile is pleased to offer free-of-charge Professional Development Workshops for teachers and counselors enrolled in SMPP. These workshops have been approved for Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) with the New York Department of Education.
Visit the Teacher Training page for a complete list of Teacher Development Workshops in Summer 2018.
Initiated in the mid-1980s, the Early Childhood Music courses, 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)—prepare early childhood teachers to lead engaging music experiences in their day care centers, Head Start centers, NYC EarlyLearn programs, and social service agencies. 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 Preschool Partnership Program (founded in 1995), offers classroom music sessions, on-site mentoring, and staff workshops throughout the academic year to three participating day care centers in the Bronx and East Harlem. Additionally, students enrolled in neighboring day care centers are invited to attend weekend Rug Concerts with their families.
Classical Access (created in 1994) brings the Diller-Quaile String Quartet to Dawning Village Day Care Center, Central Park East II School (CPE II), the Lillian Weber Dual Language School for Environmental Arts (P.S. 84), and to New York Public Libraries 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.
The Senior Centers Partnership (formed in 2000) provides lifelong learners with opportunities for growth and personal fulfillment through music. The School leads a weekly singing group and the Diller-Quaile String Quartet performs chamber music concerts at the W. 74th Street Senior Home.
Through the Diller-Quaile/Mount Sinai Hospital Program (begun in 2003), faculty members share music with the patients, medical staff, and visitors at Mount Sinai Medical Center. These concerts take place in the Guggenheim Pavilion where the music is appreciated by the Hospital’s visitors, including those who happen to be passing by, or those who are drawn to the sounds of healing music.
In keeping with its mission, 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, and Scholarship Fund.
These Community Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund and donors to the Diller-Quaile Annual Fund.