Instrumental & Vocal Department

Diller-Quaile offers a program of piano study for the early beginner through the advanced high school student, beginning at age five or older. The inclusive philosophy of Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile, as well as various piano pedagogies, informs an approach that assures teaching tailored to the needs of the individual student, with a strong emphasis on building confident solo performing, fluent music reading, and skillful ensemble participation.

A typical program is comprised of an Individual Lesson and a Musicianship Class, with students participating in Repertoire Class and Chamber Music as they progress through the curriculum. Suzuki Piano students also participate in a weekly Suzuki Group Class.


Suzuki Group Classes
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. Suzuki Group Classes are organized according to playing level.

Beginners Thursday 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Books I-II Monday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Books III-IV Thursday 3:45-4:30 p.m.


Practice Strategies for Pianists

Students develop strategies and techniques for establishing solid and disciplined home practice tools. They learn how to practice their weekly assignments and develop sight-reading skills. Additionally students learn through observation of other students’ work. Parents of students enrolled in the class are invited to attend each week.

Beginning Level Monday 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Intermediate Level Wednesday 5:30-6:00 p.m.


Piano Repertoire Class

Advanced pianists focus on the interpretation and performance of works from the standard literature. Students are coached on solo repertoire and learn from observing the work of fellow students. Repertoire Class provides a venue for students to perform each week and to discuss the various stylistic periods, genres, and performance practices relevant to their repertoire.

Tuesday 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Class Instruction for Beginners – Piano
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.

Monday 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Tuesday 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Saturday 2:00-2:45 p.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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