Piano Pronto®: Prelude
Primer level book in the Piano Pronto series
Suggested use with beginners with some prior experience or beginners age 10+
Students read on-the-staff notation from day one!
32 fun and familiar tunes to build note-reading skills
Engaging teacher duet parts for every song (sold separately)
All-in-one textbook with integrated theory exercises
Pronto Prep sections teach and reinforce effective practice habits
Accelerated pacing is perfect for use with teens and adults
- My First Steps
- Song for the Moon
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- My Piano Song
- Good King What's-His-Face
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
- Farmer in the Dell
- Jingle Bells
- Sweetly Sings the Donkey
- Ode to Joy
- On Your Toes!
- Brother John
- Westminster Chimes
- Hot Cross Buns
- Rain, Rain, Go Away
- River Road
- Merrily We Roll Along
- Lightly Row
- London Bridge
- On the Bridge at Avignon
- Hush, Little Baby
- Down in the Valley
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
- Skip to My Lou
- Oh, Susannah
- Old MacDonald
- Morning Theme
- Snake Dance
- Kitty Waltz
- The Old Gray Mare
- If You're Happy And You Know It
- My Country, Tis of Thee
Additional DetailsSKU: PPMB002
Medium: Method Book
Method Book Match: Prelude
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Thank you Jennifer for helping her find what she loves and providing enjoyable music and easily observable progress to my students. I was hesitant when I started with Piano Pronto, but now there is nothing but love!
My favorite use for this book has been with one of my students with autism, who had stalled out and become frustrated with every other book I tried, but who loved the songs in this book and has now finished it! He can truly read notes and rhythms well now, where before this book, he could not reliably identify middle C. He loves music, and I am so glad that I could use this book to keep him feeling successful.
My new student and I used your Prelude book today. It proved to be a great fit, and Maddie was particularly pleased (she literally gasped and squealed with delight) when I turned the page to reveal that Jingle Bells was the next song in the book! It’s mid June, so her reaction was especially fun. Love that you’ve got so many familiar tunes in this method. Thanks, Jennifer!
I have been looking for a method book that made sense and was easy to teach from, and got students playing REAL songs from day one. I think I’ve found it with this book! I love the VERY simple instructions and sequential learning. But most importantly…I love that the student is reading C position from the staff so QUICKLY. Other method books take weeks!! Thank you, thank you for this approach.
Minds on Music LLC
Gulf Breeze, FL
by Mary Keelan
I have been searching for years for a method that uses children’s & folk songs & classical music! I’ve found it in Piano Pronto! The only reason I don’t give it a ‘5’ is because all of the pieces are in the key of ‘C’. I believe that it is important to start children out from the beginning using a variety of hand positions & keys. Thank you, Jennifer!
Piano Pronto gets students playing real songs and reading music FAST, yet at a pace they can handle…even the younger students. There isn’t a lot of moving around right away, which can be very confusing to students when they are learning to play. I find they become more confident when moves and new notes are introduced slowly, so the fact that they are playing a lot of songs in C Major is a plus for my students. Their beaming smiles and eagerness to learn more is priceless! Thanks Jennifer!
by Tami nobles
Have you ever had a student who is filled with music but struggles to “read” the notes? You know there is music in his head, music in his body and music in his soul but he just can’t connect the dots. I have a student who is in 3rd grade and I was determined not to give up on him. I have tried various methods and finally found PIANO PRONTO – PRELUDE!!! I purchased it and shared it with Jackson. He was so excited because the initial pages were free from lots of distractions. Concepts were presented in a concise way so as not to overload him. I truly think there is some dyslexia going on and he could focus on the concept and was instantly successful. He is motivated and now loves to open his book and see what song is coming next.
I have purchased PIANO PRONTO 1 and 2 and I am moving many of my students to the series. Thank you Jennifer for following your heart and creating a curriculum that works!
by Karen Hesterly
The folk songs in Prelude are presented in a fun way. I love the way students are able to play with a full sound when the left hand is added. I had a student today who hasn’t been practicing tell me she couldn’t stop playing Brother John and I know it was because of the CG in the left hand felt like a bigger piece than she had ever played. I also like the gradual introduction of intervals played together in the left hand. The student has great success because once they learn the left hand intervals they are used to the end of the book. We also sing the songs a couple of times before playing so the student will be familiar with them and hopefully sing them at home. Students actually try to work ahead. One boy in my class went ahead to Rain, Rain Go Away because we have been having rain. Folk songs and classical music go together. They have stood the test of time and should be taught and passed down to future generations.
I was having a little difficulty keeping my 6-year-old son motivated in piano. Just switched to this book with him and he loves it! I love how there are so many songs that are familiar to him. That is a big motivator for kids! He is practicing so much more now and moving through the songs very quickly!
Piano Pronto Prelude is the best first piano method book I have found. Students of all ages in my studio enjoy it; they are motivated to practice because the familiar tunes are fun to play and sound good!
by Jacki Alexander
I started using the Piano Pronto method of piano this January and put several beginners in Prelude. I was amazed that they could really play from Day One from notes written on the staff! The students who are in this book/method are more motivated than students who are working in traditional method books. They are so excited about each new song and most ask for more! Another great thing about the Piano Pronto method is that there is so much supplemental music at all levels for those students who just can’t learn fast enough! I highly recommend this method. I am transitioning students who are in the middle of another method over to Piano Pronto as fast as I can!
I have been so surprised at what a difference using Piano Pronto music has made in my little studio. I downloaded Primer and printed it out. I have just been letting students take home one piece to work on and the bring it back to play it on Piano Maestro. After 10 or so of my students tried out several songs, I am ordering hard copies for most of them! I imagine I will eventually have everyone using Piano Pronto. I just wish I had discovered this gold mine sooner!
Thank you Jennifer – awesome method book! I say ‘method book’, but this hardly feels like one because students have so much fun with it and progress quickly. It gets students playing music they enjoy right away. It works out great with buying the digital version as well – don’t have to pay shipping which is especially nice if you live far away. I plan to continue using this method. Each week my student comes in saying – ‘I just LOVE this piece’. So glad I discovered Piano Pronto!
I teach two brothers 7 and 9 who were just not real excited about piano. Their mother said they wanted to play songs they know. Right about that same time, Piano Pronto was introduced to me in a FB group. I gave Prelude a try and they love it! I have them doing PP and Piano Adventures together and when they come to lessons, they normally tell me that they didn’t really practice anything except PP! I now have all of my students using a PP book. thanks!
I just received this book and showed it to one of my adult students that I just started teaching. She was so excited about recognizing all of the songs in it and wanted to start playing the songs in the book! I’m also going to use this book for a student I teach with learning disabilities, as I’ve heard many suggestions for using this book for him. Thank you!
My only regret with Piano Pronto is that I didn’t discover it sooner! I am so pleased with the results. I’ve started a few new beginning students in the Prelude book and they are playing fabulously (including a teenage beginner). I appreciate the comprehensive layout and the presentation of new concepts.
by Susan Lipnick
While teachers often praise the Prelude level for how fast students can fly through the pieces, it is also nicely paced for students who need more time to learn and apply musical concepts. One particular student comes to mind: a late elementary school-aged transfer student who retained almost nothing of what she had been taught by her former teacher. At her initial lessons with me, we went back to the very basics of music reading, and I used my own materials instead of any particular published piano book or method. She is now at the stage where the pieces in Prelude make sense for her – and she enjoys them and is motivated to practice. As her teacher, I particularly like the “Now It’s Your Turn” and “Pronto Prep” introductions to new concepts and applications.
I started a new adult student in the Primer. She told me she didn’t want classical music but things familiar to her. The Primer book was the perfect fit…and lo and behold she discovered not only was a lot of classical music familiar to her but she also really loves it. Now she’s all classical…not jazz, ragtime, or new age. Thanks to Prelude she discovered not only is she NOT too old to start piano but she also found her passion for classical music! She quickly gained confidence in herself and the pacing and variety of the music is excellent.
My favorite new method for students is Piano Pronto. The Prelude book is a great way for beginner students to learn and maintain interest through songs that they recognize. What impresses me most is that most weeks a majority of new students return for their lesson having tried even more pieces on their own. I will continue to use this gem for my new students!
My students love this book, and it isn’t uncommon for them to do more than I assign them! I love that different rhythms (such as dotted quarter and eighth notes) are added so early. The kids are plenty capable to play them since they are already familiar with the songs. This is my go to method book now for beginning students.
I ordered the prelude book just to check it out, but have found it be the answer I was looking for for several of my current students. A few of my beginners were not having much success with the other method I was using, but since we started Piano Pronto things are improving! The only thing I would change is the use of the word “strike” in the instructions. I prefer word choices that encourage dropping into the keys and discourage pushing, pressing, and pounding. I am excited to see how my students continue to progress with Piano Pronto!
I recently came across this site and decided to try it. I started an older beginner in this book as a trial to see how I like it. I have to say I am very impressed with the materials so far. This is a perfect fit for my student and she is really enjoying it. I look forward to trying out other materials and expanding my use of your books with more students. Thanks so much for all your hard work on these books and supplemental pieces.
I love, love, love these books! I especially like that the students learn eighth notes so quickly; it makes the music so much more interesting right away. Thanks, Jennifer, for providing us with this awesome resource!
Prelude is fabulous! It moves quickly, but is not overwhelming to the student. I had switched from Faber to Alfred complete for most of my students because the Faber was incredibly slow at teaching important concepts such as eighth notes. However, my students didn’t like the Alfred music because it is so outdated (I’m 31 & remember playing the same songs w/the same graphics when I was a kid). Pronto is the best of both worlds. It does allow the students to learn concepts on an accelerated pace, and the kids absolutely LOVE the music so when they go home, they practice! I now put ALL new students in Pronto.
I have been using this prelude book as sightreading during lessons to try it out with my students before switching them over. Everyone loves it and the problem is, several of them have just started a new book in their other method book. They all want to switch now!
Piano Pronto is the new “Golden” treasure of all treasures for piano teachers!! The more I do work with this series, the more I want to revamp my studio and get everyone on board! Many transfer students have come my way this year and this has been a lifesaver. No more spinning wheels on my part!
Ive been slowly transitioning my students to Prelude and so far I have seen nothing but amazing results. The students are really enjoying the book and they have so much fun learning and mastering all the pieces we have done so far. I have been using this book with students who are both Adults and Children and both equally love it as much. Thank you Jennifer Eklund for bringing Piano Pronto into my life, as a teacher I can never thank you enough
I had a student who getting so bored with the songs and the pace in his other method book. I put him in Prelude and he couldn’t stop playing these songs! He was struggling with reading, and he’s doing a lot better now!
This is such a fantastic book. I am using this with a student and she loves all the songs and knows them!! I think a book like this brings up their confidence as they are familiar songs. I am so glad I found piano pronto!!
I have used this book with an older beginning student. He progressed through this book very quickly and yet there were challenges along the way that made him really practice. I like the book because of its clean simple layout and music that any age can appreciate. I also like the duets that can accompany this book because they make the songs sound terrific even at a beginner level. I plan to use this book with all of my beginning students!
My piano students’ parents are so impressed with the lack of frustration this music book provides. Way to go, Jennifer. All the concepts build well.
by Leticia Lewis
I am so excited to try this new series with some of my students. I love the mix of old standby’s and new pieces. All concepts are explained well and move at a great pace for students.
This is my go-to book for adults (and children transferring from another methods primer, and children old enough to skip Keyboard Kickoff). It’s perfect for Adults who are returning to piano after years of not touching one. It’s perfect for adults who already know how to read music but have never learned piano. The reason my newest adult student is taking lessons from me, is because of how I teach: with familiar tunes and music! That is what Piano Pronto is all about, and it works!
One of my first students to transfer to Piano Pronto came to the “prelude” level from My First Piano Adventures Book C. The transition was easy and successful. Approximately the first third of the book served as a review and the remainder presented new material. Love the student and teacher parts (sold separately) and will use this book with other students in the future.
My children, ages 6 and 8, started piano lessons at the beginning of this school year. I am so impressed with how much they have already progressed in under six months! The Piano Pronto book is exactly what they needed for their best start with the piano. It helps that we have a stellar teacher, of course, but this is really a terrific book. My mom (who went through years of piano lessons with 5 kids) heard my six-year-old play last week and couldn’t believe it. This is an excellent program, and I highly recommend it.