Instrumental & Vocal Department

Diller-Quaile offers a program of string study for the young beginner through the advanced high school student. Violin, viola, and cello may begin at age four or older and double bass at age seven or older. Older beginners in all string instruments are welcomed. The inclusive philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki and the School’s founders, as well as traditional string pedagogies, inform 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.

Class Violin for Beginners

Saturday 1:00-1:45 p.m. 9 weeks – September 22 through November 17 $460
Saturday 1:00-1:45 p.m. 9 weeks – December 1 through February 9 $460
Saturday 1:00-1:45 p.m. 11 weeks – February 23 through May 18 $560

Class Cello for Beginners

Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m. 10 weeks – September 15 through November 17 $505
Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m. 9 weeks – December 1 through February 9 $460
Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m. 11 weeks – February 23 through May 18 $560

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. Festivals throughout the year bring students of all levels and ages together. Suzuki Group Classes are organized according to instrument and level.



Beginners Monday 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Early Book I Monday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Book I Monday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Book I Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Books I-II Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Books II-III Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Books IV-V Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Books IV-V Saturday 1:15-2:00 p.m.
Books V-VI Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.


Beginners Tuesday 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Early Book I Tuesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Books I-II Tuesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Books III-IV Tuesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Books V-VI Tuesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.

String Jam

Intermediate and advanced string students explore a range of contemporary classical and non-classical genres, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock, and funk. Through studying works from these styles, students learn new skills and techniques such as improvisation, swing bowing, chopping, and more.

String Jam Tuesday 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Parents Classes

Parents of first-year string students enroll in a weekly Suzuki Parents Class. This integral part of the program allows parents to learn the fundamentals of first-year string 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.

Parents Violin Class Monday 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Parents Cello Class Tuesday 7:30-8:15 p.m.

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes, please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or


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