- Piano Pronto®: Prelude
I like how you give students training in alternate fingering through the Prelude book. The first time through the book we use the fingering of their choice. After completing the book, we go back through and play selected pieces with the alternate fingerings.
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!
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! Tami Nobles
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 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!