Presto! Beginning Strings Program
The Presto! strings program focuses on providing introductory instrumental training in selected elementary schools. The program brings music education to underserved communities and strives to achieve an extraordinary experience for every young student involved.
The LYO provides one professional staff member in each participating school every week, instructing 2nd and 3rd grade students and heavily involving parents/guardians. Students learn to play violin, viola, or cello through engaging class activities. Each student is provided a free instrument during the program.
Students begin with no knowledge of the instrument. They progress from learning basic skills such as bow hold, hand and finger positions, and string identification to performing simple new songs that focus on music reading, hand strength, plucking, and bowing techniques.