Instrumental & Vocal Department

Class Instruction for Beginners
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.

Guitar Wednesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Guitar Saturday 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Piano Monday 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Piano Tuesday 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Piano Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Piano Saturday 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Voice Wednesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Voice Thursday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Voice Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.


Diller-Quaile Youth Opera


Diller-Quaile Youth Opera provides a comprehensive experience in the preparation and performance of opera for school-age singers. Students rehearse and perform solos, scenes, and choruses from Baroque through Contemporary operas and staged works, with an emphasis on works specifically composed for young singers. Weekly rehearsals with a musical coach and a stage director focus on musical style, language, diction, character development, and stagecraft, leading to a performance at the end of the semester. An important aspect of Diller-Quaile Youth Opera is that students have the opportunity to be mentored by professional singers and to work alongside these singers in the chorus of a professional opera production.  Repertoire assignments are based on age, level, and voice category. An audition is required.

FALL: September through December
Junior Division Wednesday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Senior Division Wednesday 6:15-8:00 p.m.
WINTER: January through March
Junior Division Wednesday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Senior Division Wednesday 6:15-8:00 p.m.


Boys Vocal Class
The Boys Vocal Class focuses on the study and performance of solo and ensemble repertoire written specifically for the unchanged boy’s voice, as well as works traditionally performed by boy singers. Class members build a foundation of vocal technique with an emphasis on posture, breath, tone production, and diction. Sight-reading and ensemble listening supports the development of critical musicianship skills. Members of the class perform in Diller-Quaile concerts throughout the year.

Thursday 4:30-5:15 p.m.


Secondary Piano Instruction (Age 10 and up)
Non-piano majors learn the fundamentals of piano study in this engaging and supportive group setting. Students develop piano technique through the study of scales, keyboard harmony, and repertoire. This class is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the structure and processes of music, thereby supporting their comprehensive music education.

Wednesday 4:30-5:15 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

Wednesday 7:00-7:45 p.m.


Practice Strategies for Instrumentalists
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.

Saturday 11:00-11:45 a.m.

In addition to weekly class instruction and the electives listed above, Ensembles and Musicianship Classes are also available for class-only enrollment. Course descriptions and schedules may be found on the Musicianship and Ensembles pages.


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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