The following new classes will start in January 2016. To apply, please complete an online application or contact Dorothy Appleton, Head of Early Childhood Admissions, at dappleton@diller-quaile.org or 212-369-1484, ext. 43.

Music InfantsMusic Babies
Tuesdays, 12:00-12:45 pm      #1Spring, Adult/Child
Thursdays, 12:00-12:45 pm     #2Spring, Adult/Child

Sing Your Infant a Lullaby
Wednesdays, 9:00-9:45 am     #3Spring, Adult/Child

Music Babies
Wednesdays, 10:00-10:45 am  #11A, Adult/Child

Music Toddlers with Guitar
Fridays, 10:00-10:45 am           #18A, Adult/Child

Meet the Instrument
Thursdays, 12:45-1:30 pm        #48A, Separation

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2015-2016 Early Childhood Admissions

Please review the 2015-2016 Diller-Quaile Catalog and Guide to Your Child’s Diller-Quaile Education or view the 2015-2016 Early Childhood Classes below for the Schedule of Courses.


To apply for Early Childhood group classes for children three months to six years of age, please complete the online application and arrange for payment of the $60.00 application fee.

Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Preference is given to returning students and siblings who apply early. The first round of Early Childhood enrollment contracts are mailed in mid-March, followed by continuing admissions for both new and returning students. See the Admissions Tab for additional information about the admissions process including answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

For more information on Early Childhood classes, or to check on availability before applying, please contact Dorothy Appleton, Head of Early Childhood Admissions, at 212-369-1484, ext. 43 or email dappleton@diller-quaile.org


Beginning the journey of music-making…

The Early Childhood Program—instituted in the early 1960s—offers an extensive selection of courses for introducing small groups of young children and their families to the joys of music and art. By engaging in developmentally appropriate group music experiences (listening, singing, moving, playing percussion instruments, and eventually reading and notating music), students are given the foundation for a comprehensive music education and the tools to express themselves artistically.

Diller-Quaile’s curriculum—incorporating the pedagogies of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Zoltán Kodály, Carl Orff, Shinichi Suzuki, Maria Montessori, and Edwin Gordon—is taught through a repertoire of international folk songs as well as classical, modern, popular, and original music. Classes feature pianists who improvise accompaniments in a variety of styles in response to the children’s singing and movement. In our combined music and art offerings, children begin to develop skills and an appreciation of art concepts through hands-on experiences with a wide range of media, materials, and tools.

Diller-Quaile’s highly trained and dedicated faculty is complemented by our Early Childhood Development Consultant, who works closely with teachers and is available for periodic class observations and parent consultations. The Early Childhood Department also presents discussions on child development that are open to parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children enrolled in classes; other School-wide events for families are scheduled throughout the year. Year-end student reports provide an overview of each child’s classroom experiences.

2015-2016 Early Childhood Program

EC Preschool ClassThe Early Childhood Program offers group classes for children from three months to six years of age.

Individual instrument instruction for children four years of age and up, and musicianship classes for children in first grade and up, are offered through the Instrumental and Vocal Department.

A child’s age as of September 1, 2015 is used for placement purposes.

Early Childhood classes are conducted in the following formats:

ADULT/CHILD: Children attend with a parent, grandparent, or other adult.
SEPARATION: Children attend unaccompanied.

All classes meet for a 30 week academic year except Music Infants (3-8 months) and Sing Your Infant A Lullaby (3-8 months), which meet  for 15 weeks.

2015-2016 Early Childhood Classes
(ages are as of September 1, 2015)

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View and download a 2015-2016 Application Form.

2016-2017 Early Childhood Admissions

Diller-Quaile’s 2016-2017 Catalog will be available in February 2016. If you would like to receive a copy, please email your name and mailing address to info@diller-quaile.org.


Thursday, March 3, 2016 (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (8:00-8:45 a.m.)

At the Open Houses (adults only) you will have an opportunity to meet the Early Childhood Faculty, visit classrooms, and learn more about Diller-Quaile’s  Early Childhood Program. We are looking  forward to meeting you and hope you will join us in 2016-2017!

There is no need to R.S.V.P.