Some of you have noticed that I am switching your students (or yourself!) over to Piano Pronto and may have wondered why.
It was one of the first “method book series” to be integrated into Piano Maestro, so some of the songs have already been worked on using this iPad app.
I am in a Facebook group with the author/composer and many other participants have said that once their students have started in Piano Pronto, the students “forget” the other books at home or in the music bag.
So, a simple experiment was started here and the same thing happened. Only the Piano Pronto book (Keyboard Kickoff) came out of the bag.
Then, another student got hooked, and another…
Even the young boys seem to love the duets, which are excellent at helping with counting and listening to other musicians.
A minor point but one that makes life easier for the teacher. All books are $10.00 (plus shipping) Other method books have varying prices in hard to find locations, some hidden in codes on the back.
Piano Pronto books can be ordered online at https://www.pianopronto.com/ and they are available at our local Music and Arts store in Oakton. If something is needed fast, digital copies are available to print (or add to the iPad)
If you would like to look through any of the books, just ask!
From the composer, Jennifer Eklund, on Facebook:
Let me give you my fast 5 “things that makes us different from everyone else”:
#1 – On the staff reading day one (I take what I call a “total immersion” approach to note-reading/learning – watch the webinar for the full scoop)
#2 – Aurally pleasing music from very early on. I challenge you to find better and/or more consistently solid arranging in another method series. I don’t wait 2 years to introduce 8th notes. The tunes used in the series are strong and familiar and therefore we can get to more of the fundamentals earlier in the lesson process. Students practice with confidence at home because they recognize the melodies and therefore progress faster.
#3 – All-in-one integrated books (i.e. there aren’t 4 separate books per level the most you ever need is the method and maybe one supplement book)
#4 – The material is age and gender neutral. Clean layout with no illustrations to distract.
#5 – We start teaching how to *effectively* practice from the get-go with our “Pronto Prep” sections that pull out the difficult portions of pieces *before* a student learns the piece.
Other less important stuff:
#6 – The supplements are rooted in my “pop/jazz” background so while the method books are very “classically-based” the supplements are full of pop-style stuff that really creates well-rounded students
#7 – I challenge you to find more varied/interesting teacher duet parts.
#8 – I’m actively writing/creating new items constantly. I really listen to my customers and am writing to suit the needs of the market. If you need something and I don’t have it odds are I’ll probably end up filling your request.
#9 – I stay out of your way as a teacher. The material is extremely flexible. I wanted to give you a solid curriculum that is paced thoughtfully and you can augment the series with all the tools available in your toolbox. You will not feel restricted in any way by the material.
#10 – You can SEE and HEAR everything before you buy. There is NO guesswork involved with shopping with Piano Pronto.