Solfege Ear Training
Making Piano Fun Again
Presto is much more than piano lessons for kids. In this program, students learn piano through accelerated instruction. Presto teaches kids in Des Moines piano music lessons and complete musicianship, covering proper piano technique, music history, ear training, sight reading, rhythm, music theory, and voice. Our goal is to develop musicianship in our students, using fun and engaging learning tools.
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Look Inside Presto
Presto I Student Materials - $74
(plus sales tax for AZ residents)
Presto II Student Materials - $70
(plus sales tax for AZ residents)
Educate & Engage
When given the proper tools, all children are musical. At Let’s Play Music, our programs contain specifically curated materials to help your child succeed.
We've Struck a Chord!
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.
Our students look forward to the fun and exciting lessons we teach in our Presto classes. They love gaining a comprehensive understanding of sight singing, classical music, music theory, and ear training. In Presto, we teach kids in Des Moines piano music lessons and complete musicianship to ensure they have the tools to excel in their musical journey.
Presto is taught in a group format to allow for games and positive peer interactions. Students grow as musicians and develop proper habits while being challenged musically.
Accelerated Class for Musicianship and Piano Skills
Playing With Style
Teaching proper piano playing techniques as early as age 8 gives students time to develop good habits. By this age, they have developed the fine motor skills required for piano playing. From the first lesson, students learn about proper body positioning, weight distribution, and form while playing the keys. Proper form is key to producing rich sounds and maintaining the health of carpals and joints in the fingers and hands.
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
Presto includes two distinct fees, one for the class tuition and one for materials.
All materials fees are paid online at the time of enrollment. These fees go directly to Let's Play Music.
All tuition fees are paid to your local teacher in monthly installments. For additional information about the tuition fee, please contact your local music instructor in Des Moines. The tuition fees include classes, teaching tools, classroom instrument use, and parent communication.
Explore our classes!
For more information about our curriculum options, please see below.
This introductory class is designed for children ages 0 to 4 and a caregiver. Students receive a solid music foundation at the preschool level. This class focuses on providing emotional security and parent bonding, while instilling a love for music through stories, nursery rhymes, instrument play, singing, solfege, ear training, and movement.
Our flagship curriculum.
Our flagship class teaches critical foundational skills to students ages 4 to 6. All students also receive an introduction to piano playing during this class, along with chord theory, note reading, classical music, ear training, and solfege. Sign your kids in Des Moines up for piano music lessons today!