Presto-a beginning music course for ages 7-12

Presto is for the beginning pianist, whether they have had a year or so of piano lessons or no piano lessons at all. Presto teaches so much more than piano! We teach COMPLETE musicianship: vocal training, ear training, sight reading, music theory, rhythm, music history, proper piano technique, and we do it in a fun, snappy style that tweens love! Most likely, those students who already have had a year or so of piano haven’t studied all areas of music. In fact, they most likely have only dabbled a little in rhythm, have some note reading skills, and developed some finger strength. We include an optional “challenge” section written into the Presto curriculum to satisfy the appetite of hard working students and that of students who already have finger dexterity built from previous piano lessons

Why Presto?

presto piano lessons at the mac meridian
presto piano lessons at the mac meridian
presto piano lessons at the mac
presto piano lessons at the mac meridian

We make piano fun again!

The typical beginning piano student is 8-9 years old. Developmentally, it is not appropriate to have this child sitting on a bench for 30 minutes with an adult pointing at miniscule symbols in a book.  Private lessons are typically low energy and fail to provide a stimulating and energetic experience.

In Presto classes, kids learn from and inspire each other all while having a great time. Kids in Presto want to come to lessons.

Group Lessons

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.

Play – The Pathway to Learning

Research continually indicates that play is the most effective pathway to learning. During play, failure is not a deterrent to trying again, and problem solving takes place through testing and evaluation. Play contains repetition, which is essential to a child’s security. As musical concepts and skills are presented in a playful, joyful setting, children absorb knowledge and ability. All concepts and skills in Presto are carefully couched in play.

We teach much, much more than just piano

In Presto, 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.

We emphasize proper piano technique

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.

We provide high-quality, energetic, content rich lessons.

A typical 30-minute private piano lesson is a low-quality education. 30 minutes is not a sufficient duration for lesson plan writing, teaching and mastering of skills, and evaluating progress.   But because Presto lessons are taught in a group setting, teachers can justify the time it takes to learn, study, and present a truly fantastic lesson plan that utilizes an ENTIRE 60 MINUTE lesson! Because all preparation is complete before class and assignments are written and printed, every moment in class is spent teaching. One Presto class contains all the content of  four private lessons. Presto teachers don’t waste precious lesson time writing down and going over lessons plans.

2019-2020 Class Times

We will not be accepting any new students into the Presto program for the 2019-2020 year.

Class times for the 2019-2020 year, Presto 2:

  • Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm (LPM grads only)
  • Mondays 5:35-6:35 pm
  • Mondays 6:40-7:40 pm (LPM grads only)
  • Tuesdays 5:35-6:35 pm (LPM grads only)
  • Tuesdays 6:40-7:40 pm
  • Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 am
  • Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm (LPM grads only)

Class Info

  • Class is held once each week and lasts for 60 minutes
  • Class size: 3-5 students
  • Each child has a full sized, weighted-key, digital piano in class and needs the equivalent at home, or an acoustic piano
  • Fall semester is 15 lessons, Spring semester is 19 lessons
  • A recital is held the end of May
  • Registration Fee: $35/year
  • Materials Fee: $35/semester or $70/year, includes a CD with a digital download, a songbook, and a workbook. Additional siblings may purchase materials at a discounted price
  • Tuition: $100/month