The Diller-Quaile School of Music

The Diller-Quaile School of Music

24 East 95th Street
New York, NY 10128
(212) 369-1484


The Diller-Quaile School of Music was founded in 1920 by pianists Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile. Since the School’s founders 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.

The Early Childhood Program—instituted in the early 1960s—offers an extensive selection of courses for introducing small groups of young children and their families to the joys of music and art. By engaging in developmentally appropriate group music experiences (listening, singing, moving, playing percussion instruments, and eventually reading and notating music), students are given the foundation for a comprehensive music education and the tools to express themselves artistically.

Diller-Quaile’s curriculum—incorporating the pedagogies of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Zoltán Kodály, Carl Orff, Shinichi Suzuki, Maria Montessori, and Edwin Gordon—is taught through a repertoire of international folk songs as well as classical, modern, popular, and original music. Classes feature pianists who improvise accompaniments in a variety of styles in response to the children’s singing and movement. In our combined music and art offerings, children begin to develop skills and an appreciation of art concepts through hands-on experiences with a wide range of media, materials, and tools.

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Contact Dorothy Appleton, Head of Early Childhood Admissions, at 212-369-1484, ext. 43 or