Instrumental & Vocal Department

The School offers a program of classical guitar study for the early beginner through the advanced high school student, beginning as young as age five. The typical weekly program for a young student includes a 30 minute Individual Lesson and a Musicianship Class. Older students take lessons of 45 minutes to an hour in length and, as they advance, participate in Chamber Music and Repertoire Class.


Suzuki Guitar Study

Diller-Quaile offers a program of Suzuki guitar instruction for students age five or older. The typical program for a young student includes a 30 minute Individual Lesson with the parent in attendance, a Suzuki Group Class, and a Musicianship Class. Parents of first-year students attend a weekly Parents Class as well.


Suzuki Group Class

Students play their shared repertoire in a motivating social environment that reinforces work done in lessons; they also hear pieces soon to be studied. Additionally, opportunities to play solos in class help students gain confidence as performers.

Friday 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:45-11:15 a.m.


Parents Class

Parents of first-year Suzuki Guitar students enroll in a weekly Suzuki Parents Class. This integral part of the program allows parents to learn the fundamentals of first-year guitar study. By gaining skill and confidence on the instrument, parents are better able to participate in lessons and support their child’s home practice. Parents may rent an instrument for the first year of study.

Friday 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:15-10:45 a.m.


Beginner Class Instruction – Guitar
These small classes provide an introduction to study in an engaging and supportive group setting. Students learn the fundamentals of first-year study, including instrument technique and music reading. Classes explore a variety of music styles through group and solo playing or singing and participate in Diller-Quaile concerts. Teachers facilitate the transition to individual study in the second year.

Wednesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Saturday 3:00-3:45 p.m.



Adult Guitar Class
Adults new to guitar study learn guitar technique through the study of a variety of music styles in these small classes. Students have the opportunity to perform in concerts each semester at Diller-Quaile.

Wednesday 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00-10:00 a.m.

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the 2015-2016 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or


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