Welcome to PRESTO!
PRESTO offers learners of all ages individual (and some small group lessons) in piano, strings, voice, guitar, percussion, theatre and most wind and brass instruments. We work closely with the Music and Theatre Department faculty and students.
Lessons are taught by professionals – either faculty or vetted regional musicians – OR by trained and gifted Salisbury University students.
After enrolling online, a student is assigned an instructor. The instructor will call the student/parent to create a customized weekly lesson schedule for late afternoon, evening or Saturday morning. All lessons are held on the campus of Salisbury University.
As a division of the Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning, PRESTO is dedicated to enriching the lives of all our students.
SU Student Instructors are selected by faculty advisors to whom they may consult concerning pedagogy or repertoire.
Our Fall and Spring semesters run for 12 weeks. Each weekly lessons is 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The semester culminates with an optional free student recital for family and friends.
"Our son has honed---through his PRESTO involvement---one of his lifelong passions. Always musical, our son was never quite as passionate about playing his instrument though, as say, dance or theater. All of that changed when he met his Peabody-educated PRESTO cello instructor. Practicing the cello with his sisters---violinists---is now his favorite activity. I don't have to remind him to practice; I have to remind him to STOP practicing! His proficiency has skyrocketed because of his incessant practicing, and he practices incessantly because of the pure joy he experiences as a soloist and as a member of the local Youth Orchestra, all of which began with the tiny seed of enrolling him in PRESTO."
"My work experience with PRESTO has been one of the most rewarding in a thirty year teaching career. I have had the privilege of working one on one with two amazing young adults, who have not let life's misfortunes take away their joy! At a time when I was going through my own personal struggle, this opportunity presented itself and was both healing and rewarding. In applying my theatre and musical expertise to enhance self advocacy and communication skills, as well as increase confidence and self esteem, I witnessed incredible results from my students. Their resilience and positive determination was a true lesson for me, and I believe we have learned from one another. I look forward to continuing with my current students, and meeting the next group. PRESTO is a wonderful program that enriches all who are fortunate enough to be involved."
“As a parent of two elementary children, I looked to Salisbury University first for opportunities to provide a music education for my children. I was extremely happy that SU has a music program outreach in the Community through PRESTO. It has been a great experience for me and the children ever since. This will be our fourth year with the program."
For students NEW to the PRESTO program, please plan on starting your lessons in the Fall. See registration below.
FALL 2019 session - September 9 through December 10, 2019
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How Can YOU Make a Difference?
Your gift to PRESTO will be used to give young musicians who can't afford private instruction the opportunity to improve their skill and realize their true potential. Your gift, combined with others, will make a difference.