FREE Early Childhood Trial Music Class

Friday, September 14, 2018 – 10:00am-10:45am
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – 10:00-10:45am

The Diller-Quaile School of Music
24 East 95th Street, NYC
Children three months to 2 years of age and their accompanying adults are invited to enjoy music through singing, movement, and exploring instruments. Classes are led by experienced music teachers with live piano accompaniment.This class is designed for new families considering enrolling at Diller-Quaile.

Space is limited. Please contact Dorothy Appleton at 212-369-1484, ext. 43 or to reserve a place.


2018-2019 Early Childhood Program

EC Preschool ClassThe Early Childhood Program offers group classes for children from three months to five 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, 2018 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.
CHILD ONLY: Children attend unaccompanied.

All classes meet for a 30 week academic year except Music Infants (3-8 months), Music Infants with Guitar (3-8 months), and a spring semester of EC Music and Art, which meet for 15 weeks.

View our 2018-2019 Catalog.
2018-2019 Early Childhood Classes
(ages are as of September 1, 2018)

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Prospective parents may apply online for the 2018-2019 school year or download a writable PDF 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 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

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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, responding to, and creating music), students build the foundation for a comprehensive music education and the tools to express themselves artistically. Key to the Diller-Quaile approach is the collaboration among teachers and students, which creates a unique child-centered musical environment within each class session.

Diller-Quaile’s curriculum, emanating from our years of experience, and incorporating the pedagogies of Angela Diller, Elizabeth Quaile, 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. Early Childhood classes feature pianists who improvise accompaniments in a variety of styles in response to the children’s singing and movement, thereby fostering a musically creative environment.

Diller-Quaile’s highly trained and dedicated faculty is further supported by the School’s Early Childhood Development Consultant, Dr. Elaine Heffner. Dr. Heffner works closely with the Early Childhood faculty and is available for periodic class observations and parent consultations throughout the school year.

The Early Childhood Department values the importance of ongoing communication with families. Prior to the start of each academic year, parents of enrolled students are invited to an evening orientation that includes an overview of the School’s programs and the Early Childhood curriculum, along with informal meetings with their child’s teachers in the classrooms. Additionally, the Department presents discussions on child development. Many other school-wide events for families are scheduled throughout the year, and year-end student reports provide an overview of each child’s artistic development and classroom experiences.



DATES TBA (2.7- 5.9 year olds)
9:00-11:30 a.m.

The 2019 Early Childhood Preschool Music and Art June Program offers full mornings of collaborative music and art experiences at The Diller-Quaile School of Music. In this 10-day program, children expand their imaginations through music making with live piano accompaniment, physical and dramatic play, visual art, and participation in group concerts and activities. The June program is designed for children who are 2.7-5.9 years old, as of June 1st, 2019 and have had prior classroom separation experience.

Please contact Dorothy Appleton, Head of Early Childhood Admissions, at 212-369-1484, ext. 43 or email to reserve a space.