Our Programs' Stories
Each tutoring program is uniquely run and tailored specifically to the schools and communities they serve. These programs are not just offering thousands of lessons - they're striving to transform the local music education landscape by creating a close-knit, multigrade community of students to further strengthen the music department. These programs are meant to establish long term musical unity and growth, working to impact students, music programs, and the greater community for many generations to come.
Below are the stories of just a few of our programs.
The first student-led, free tutoring service in the country
Tokyo, Japan | Osaka, Japan
Presto Music is a volunteer tutoring program based in Tokyo, Japan. Presto Music is both ALTO's first international tutoring program and one of the largest programs by student count in our network. While Presto Music is technically one program, it has divisions in several cities including Kyoto, Chiba, and Osaka, to ensure that students in each area are able to receive lessons from local high school musicians. Presto Music is the first student-led, free music tutoring service in the entire country of Japan. As the program continues to garner interest from tutors and students, the Program Coordinators hope to begin offering designated Presto Music events such as masterclasses from Japan's top musicians and public performance opportunities.
The tutoring program that revived their school's band
California Crosspoint Academy - Fremont, CA
Founded in winter 2021, Tune is a volunteer band tutoring program serving students at California Crosspoint Academy, a highly STEM-oriented private PS-12 school in California's Bay Area. The school had a small music program which included basic music theory and choir, but it lacked an actual band or orchestra class. When the pandemic hit and the school was forced to close, the music program was cancelled completely. In an attempt to not only revive their music program but to also ask for the establishment of a true band class, oboist Grace Carolynne Yeung started the tutoring program Tune. Through the increased interest in music brought by Tune, she has successfully convinced the school administration and is currently working with the school to revive their music program and create the first ever CCA band class.
Mount Carmel School Band Tutoring
Bringing private lessons to an island with no private teachers
Mount Carmel School - Chalan Kanoa, Saipan, MP
The MCS Band Tutoring Program is one of the newest programs in our network. This volunteer band tutoring program serves students in Mount Carmel School, a small private PS-12 school located on the island of Saipan, one of three islands that make up the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Territory in the western Pacific Ocean. Due to its small population of under 48,000 and its remoteness, Saipan has no full time private music teachers and the music director, Mr. Julian Greening, has only been able to teach a handful of students on an inconsistent basis. When it launches this August, the MCS Band Tutoring Program will mark the first time music students in Saipan have had the opportunity to receive consistent private instruction. Members of the Wind Orchestra will work with students in the Beginning Band and Concert Band to supplement their group music classes.
DHS Strings Tutoring Program
Raising tens of thousands of dollars to support thheir orchestra
Davis Senior High School - Davis, CA
The DHS Strings Tutoring Program (DHSSTP) was the foundation for the ALTO Model. Founded nearly two years ago, this program serves elementary and middle school orchestra students living in Davis, a small suburb of Sacramento, California. The program charges $15 per lesson, but scholarships are available for low income families to reduce or completely waive this fee. While this is a paid program, all proceeds go directly to pay the tutors. In spite of this, the DHSSTP has raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the Davis High School Orchestra Program through fundraisers, donation drives, and even through generous tutors who chose to donate their paychecks instead of keeping them. With schools reopening, the program plans to further expand its fundraising efforts through public performances and community outreach events.
Partnering with the city to offer the first vocal tutoring service
Plainsboro, NJ | Plainsboro Recreation & Community Center
Melodia is a vocal tutoring program serving younger students in Plainsboro, New Jersey, a small township one hour southwest of New York City. Founded by Sayee Naresh and her friends from choir/ a cappella, this tutoring program is the first program in our network exclusively dedicated to vocal tutoring and the first program to successfully partner with the city government to facilitate their lessons. Melodia partners with the city's Recreation & Community Services Center, offering in person private vocal lessons to students of all ages around the Princeton-Plainsboro area. With a large, highly dedicated team, the program hopes to offer some in person events in the fall and hopes to work with other tutoring programs in New Jersey to offer our first set of ALTO Regional Events.