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 Angela Diller, 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.
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. Older students take lessons of 45 minutes to an hour in length and, as they advance, participate in Orchestra, Chamber Music, and Repertoire 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. Festivals throughout the year bring students of all levels and ages together. Suzuki Group Classes are organized according to instrument and level.
|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 II-III||Monday||5:30-6:15 p.m.|
|Books III-IV||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.|
|Early Book I||Tuesday||4:30-5:15 p.m.|
|Books I-II||Tuesday||5:15-6:00 p.m.|
|Books III-IV||Tuesday||5:15-6:00 p.m.|
|Books V-VI||Tuesday||5:15-6:00 p.m.|
String Repertoire Class
Advanced string students focus on the interpretation and performance of compositions from the standard repertoire. Students are coached on solo works and learn from observing the work of their peers. Repertoire classes provide a venue for students to perform each week and to discuss the various stylistic periods, genres, and performance practices relevant to their repertoire.
|String Repertoire Class||Tuesday||7:00-8:00 p.m.|
Extended Techniques for Strings
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.
|Extended Techniques for Strings||Wednesday||7:00-7:45 p.m.|
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 for the 2015-2016 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.