Early Childhood Featured 2016-2017 Class

Play-the-InstrumentPLAY THE INSTRUMENT, a weekly class for four and five year olds, is ideal for children who want to learn to play an instrument but are unsure of which instrument to choose. During the course of the 30-week school year, young children delve into the beginning steps of instrument playing in this group setting.  Hands-on exploratory classes are spent with each of the following instruments: percussion, violin, cello, piano, guitar, and harp. Exposure to this array of instruments will help the children find their preferred instrument for future study. More info… 

Please contact Dorothy Appleton, Head of Early Childhood Admissions, at dappleton@diller-quaile.org or 212-369-1484, ext. 43 with any questions. Classes begin the week of September 12, 2016.

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2016-2017 Early Childhood Admissions

Catalog16-17Please review the 2016-2017 Diller-Quaile Catalog and Guide to Your Child’s Diller-Quaile Education or view the 2016-2017 Early Childhood Classes below for the Schedule of Courses.

FOR THE 2016-2017 YEAR

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

There is no need to RSVP.


To apply for Early Childhood group classes for children three months to five 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

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Beginning the journey of music-making…

DrumThe 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.

In our 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, while exploring the creative process with their peers and teachers. Diller-Quaile’s Music and Art classes are led by both a head art and a head music teacher, and also feature expressive piano accompaniment.

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.

2016-2017 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, 2016 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.

2016-2017 Early Childhood Classes
(ages are as of September 1, 2016)

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View and download a 2016-2017 Application Form.