We have a #FabULyssfind just for you/The Diller-Quaile music program on the Upper East Side 9/18/2019

We have a #FabULyssfind just for you.  The Diller-Quaile music program on the Upper East Side has everything you want in a music program and more. The wonderful music program was founded in 1920 and has continued to thrive as one of the very best programs in NYC.



Q: Please tell our divamoms about the history of the Diller-Quaile music program

A: In 1920, pianists and pedagogues Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile founded The Diller-Quaile School of Music. Diller and Quaile believed that the capacity for understanding and creating music exists in everyone; it was essential that their music school provide a dynamic and well-rounded experience not just for select students, but for all.

Diller-Quaile began offering Early Childhood classes in the 1960s, pioneering a unique approach to teaching music to the very young. Today, all of our Early Childhood offerings are led by experienced educators and highly trained musicians, including pianists who accompany each class in a variety of styles, in response to the children’s singing and expressive movement. We welcome approximately students per year for classes and lessons at the School, and serve more than 1,000 individuals throughout New York City through our community programs and events.

Q: What are your most popular program and or programs for the little ones?

A: Our group Early Childhood classes are our most popular – this includes everything from weekly classes for infants and babies, classes for more mobile and curious toddlers and two-year-olds, to our instrument focused classes for 3s, 4s, and 5s, like our Meet the Instrument and Play the Instrument classes.

Q: Are there any new programs that you want to share with our audience?

A: There is something for everyone at Diller-Quaile, whether you’re looking for a class to enjoy together with your child or the kind of setting where your preschool aged child can attend on their own. We also offer individual lessons and programs for students ages 4 and up, and even classes and lessons for adults.

Q: What are the costs of the programs, and how long does each program run for?

A: Costs for group Early Childhood classes range based on how many hours per week that the class meets – check out our website for full tuition information by class. The majority of our classes meet for the entire school year (30-weeks), although we do offer Music Infants and Saturday classes that meet for half of the year (15-weeks). Admission is ongoing for the 2019-2020 school year.

Q: What is the best way to contact you? Please provide your email, phone number and any other information.

A: If you have any questions about the Early Childhood Program at Diller-Quaile, please contact Marissa Curry, Director of the Early Childhood Program, a mcurry@diller-quaile.org, or 212-369-1484 ext. 40. If you are interested in instrumental or vocal programs for school-aged children or adults, please contact lessons@diller-quaile.org.

Q: Please tell our audience about the teachers and their training.

A: Our faculty is comprised of experienced and credentialled professional performers and music educators. Diller-Quaile faculty members are graduates of exemplary conservatories, colleges, and universities: 75% hold master’s degrees, including ten (10) with doctorates.

Q: What is the philosophy behind the program?

A: We believe that the best way to develop as a musician is to make beautiful music. Each class session is a unique musical experience, where your child will be immersed in collaborative music making with their peers and professional musicians. Key to the Diller-Quaile approach is the collaboration between students and teachers, creating a child-centered, musical environment within every class.

Q: How many children can be in a class? What is the parent teacher ratio?

A: Depending on the age of the children, our classes may have up to 12 students. The teacher/student ratio in our Early Childhood classes is 1:4.

Q: What age is the earliest that you would recommend a parent sign their baby up for the program?

A: We offer classes beginning at 3 months of age, but as we like to say, it’s never too early and it’s never too late to start.

Q: Please tell our readers about the adult classes, I know many of our parents like to classes as well.

A: Diller-Quaile has a thriving Adult Department, which includes individual lessons for beginners through advanced players, chamber music ensembles and workshops, and performance opportunities. We also offer free concerts and musical events for adults throughout the year, along with lectures and appointments with our Child Development Consultant, Dr. Elaine Heffner. Parents and families are also encouraged to become involved in our community by joining our active Parents Association, which supports fun family events throughout the year.

Q: Can you please tell our readers about your instrument and voice programs.

A: Diller-Quaile offers comprehensive instrument and vocal instruction for students age 4 years to adult. Our offerings include individual lessons, group classes and ensembles, performance opportunities, and our High School Certificate Program. We offer instruction in guitar, harp, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

A: If you’re curious about the School and our programs, consider joining us for one of our monthly Rug Concerts! It’s a great way to learn more about Diller-Quaile, and also a fun musical experience for young children to enjoy together with their families.