String Program

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 on all string instruments are welcomed. The inclusive philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki and the School’s founders, 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.

Class String 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 and participate in Diller-Quaile concerts. Teachers facilitate the transition to individual study in the second year.

Violin Friday4:45-5:30 p.m.
Cello Saturday10:45-11:30 a.m.

Repertoire Class

Advanced instrumental & voice 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.

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

String Improvisation

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.

Tuesday 6:00-6:45 p.m.


Diller-Quaile’s orchestras provide ensemble and performance opportunities for intermediate through advanced players. The orchestras focus on the development of strong ensemble skills and reading, as students learn to follow a conductor and become acquainted with music of various periods and styles. All orchestras perform each semester at the School’s large ensemble concerts.

Advanced students audition for The Diller-Quaile Orchestra. Playing is on a highly polished level, with emphasis on stylistic nuance, phrasing, sight-reading, and sophisticated ensemble playing. Orchestra coaches play along with the students and conduct sectionals, offering advice and practical suggestions on all aspects of orchestral playing. Orchestra mentors rehearse and play alongside students in performance, providing students a glimpse at the work of the young professional musician.

Reading Orchestra Saturday 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Intermediate Orchestra Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Diller-Quaile Orchestra Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Parents Classes

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. Through discussion and hands-on work with the instruments, parents are better able to participate in lessons and support their child’s home practice. Parents rent an instrument for the first year of study.

Parents Violin Class Monday 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Parents Violin Class Saturday 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Parents Violin Class Tuesday 7:30-8:15 p.m.
Parents Cello Class Saturday 9:00-9:45 a.m.

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