In the early 1920s, the first teachers at Diller-Quaile were selected from among the two founders’ adult students. As the School grew, so did the need for more teachers, and formal teacher training courses evolved.

Today, the School offers full year & semester courses in Piano Pedagogy, The Alexander Technique, & Elements of Music: An Approach to Pedagogy

Our teacher development programs have been approved for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit by the New York State Education Department

Elements of Music: An Approach to Pedagogy


Building on Diller-Quaile’s historic traditions, course participants explore the elements of music and music concepts in ways which foster meaningful learning for students. Content includes: discussion of pedagogical texts and readings drawing on the work of the School’s founders and others; musicianship curriculum; observations of classes and lessons; opportunities to analyze studio and group class teaching, as well as to assess the development of musicianship in students from the early childhood years through high school

Kirsten Morgan, Instructor

Winter/Spring 2019 Dates: TBA

TUITION: $1,250 per year (30 weeks). 30 hours CTLE equivalency

Piano Pedagogy

The Diller-Quaile approach to piano teaching places emphasis on phrasing, tone production, and the importance of selecting quality repertoire. By examining various pedagogical approaches and resources to teaching piano—group/individual, child/adult—the course focuses on successful ways to build technical foundations, develop sight-reading, and nurture good practice habits and easy memorization. The format of the class is observation based, with assignments taking place outside the classroom, as well as bringing in outside pedagogical experts

Marjory Duncalfe & Jing Li, Instructors

2018-2019 Dates: TBA

TUITION: $1,250 per year (30 weeks). 30 hours CTLE equivalency

The Alexander Technique

 F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), the founder of the Alexander Technique, was an actor who began his career as a Shakespearean orator. He developed chronic laryngitis while performing and over time discovered a way to eliminate the undue muscular tension that accounted for his vocal restriction. He developed a discipline that, if practiced, can profoundly influence health and well-being. When neck tension is consciously reduced, the head no longer compresses the spine; the spine is free to lengthen and support fluidity of motion throughout the body. From his work, Alexander evolved a hands-on, mind-body method that teaches us to move efficiently as an integrated, dynamic whole. The technique helps us make informed choices about how we use our bodies in daily activity. It specifically aids musicians in preventing repetitive injury and in improving technique and tone production

Ruth Nardini, Instructor

2018-2019 Dates: TBA

TUITION: $1,220 per 30-minute individual lesson. 7.5 hours CTLE