Solfege Ear Training
Age Appropriate Methods
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Presto I Student Materials - $88
(plus sales tax for AZ residents)
Presto II Student Materials - $88
(plus sales tax for AZ residents)
Educate & Engage
All children are musical, they just need to be given the right tools. Each Semester of the Let's Play Music program has a set of specially crafted class materials designed to help your child become their musical best.
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What Parents Are Saying about Presto!
This program has been AMAZING for my daughter. She had taken piano for a couple of years before getting into the program and while she enjoyed it well enough, she truly began her love for playing the piano when she started this program. It is engaging, fun, interactive, and so exciting. My daughter comes home from piano so excited to show me everything she learned. She wants to practice as soon as she gets home from practice, which isn't usually the case with piano lessons. As a pianist myself, I have been amazed with the technique and theory instruction. Not only is it a fun, enjoyable experience, but the complete music training has left me pleasantly surprised. I am beyond impressed with this program and what it has done for my daughter's musical abilities as well as her self-confidence.
I love having my kids involved in the Presto program! Piano lessons have become engaging, interactive, and most of all FUN! My kids learn about theory, timing, technique and they love it! The program has even helped me to better understand rhythm and counting in music because the "one and two ands" never made sense to me. It is a lesson packed with a broad approach to music with ear training as well as sight reading. My kids have developed playing skills appropriate for their age while also being able to progress as fast as they would like because the learning method is in place. Piano lessons have never been so good!
love everything about the Presto program. It is an excellent program from the older beginner. My 12 year old had thoroughly enjoyed the program. It has kept his attention while teaching beginner piano skills. Not only does my student learn the piano but he gets piano theory, technique and ear training. It really is the entire package and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I have 10 years of piano experience and my beginner Presto student already has as much theory training as I do. He has excelled quickly in the Presto program. Thank you Let’s Play Music for producing such a wonderful program.
In Presto classes, kids learn from and inspire each other all while having a great time. Kids in Presto want to come to lessons. More than just piano lessons, our students learn music history, classical music, sight singing, ear training and music theory. We are building complete musicians, rather than just pianists, so our students can accompany themselves, sing in harmony, transpose, compose, and excel in any other music endeavor. Group lessons provide peer interaction and opportunities for games! They also foster a constant feeling of accountability since the pre-adolescent age group generally wants to perform well for their peers. As they progress and develop good practicing habits, it becomes a challenge and a pleasure rather than a chore.
Accelerated Class for Musicianship and Piano Skills
Playing With Style
Children aged 8 and older have fine motor skills that are ready for playing the piano. Instruction and practice for proper piano playing technique is essential to implement from the very first lesson. Children are taught how to correctly distribute body weight on the bench and how to utilize their weight to play the keys. Proper piano playing is important for the health of finger joints and carpals and is essential for producing a rich sound with the keys.
The Let's Play Music curriculum is centered in the teachings of the music masters Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze. These men were revolutionist who changed the attitudes of teaching music to children. Their philosophies are at the heart of our curriculum and you will see their methodologies in each detailed lesson plan.
In the Kodály Method children are first introduced to musical concepts through playful, natural experience. He emphasized the use of the folk song in all early music education, stating that they are the ‘mother tongue’ for teaching music. Melodic patterning, the repetition of certain notes in a row, trains both the ear and the eye to read the patterns on the staff. Adding solfeg handsigns and syllables further enhanced the learning experience. He used both folk music and songs that are based on the pentatonic scale to help teach the art of singing in tune.
The Dalcroze method, taught in his Eurhythmics schools, is another approach music educators use to foster music appreciation, ear-training and improvisation while improving musical skills. In this method, the body is the main instrument. Students learn rhythm and structure by listening to music and expressing what they hear through spontaneous bodily movement. (I.e. walking to quarter notes, skipping to dotted notes.)
In the Carl Orff approach, children are taught concepts through improvisation, composition and a natural sense of play. He taught using folk music and music composed by the children themselves. All musical concepts were taught through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. He believed the order of instruments should be: 1. Body Percussion 2. Voice 3. Simple Percussion Instruments 4. Barred Instruments
(For example, our tone bell set is an Orff instrument!)
Let's Play Music was founded in great educational philosophies
Learning From the Masters
The cost of the Presto Music program involves both student materials fees and class tuition fees.
The student materials fee is paid online directly to Let's Play Music each year at enrollment time.
Presto tuition fee is payable in monthly installments to your local Presto teacher and is about the cost of beginning piano lessons in your area. You can email the teacher in your area and ask for the exact tuition cost. Tuition includes the weekly classes, parent communication and training, use of all classroom instruments and teaching tools, and an end-of-year recital. We are dedicated to offering a superb and enriching experience each class session which includes not only instruction but emotional encouragement and healthy social interaction.
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A family class for ages 0-4 and a caregiver. Provides a solid music and preschool foundation using movement, instrument play, nursery rhymes, stories, ear training, singing, and solfege. Parent bonding and emotional security woven into each class.