Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Presto Largo

Subject Area

Arts Education




Students will identify fast and slow while listening to a song. They will demonstrate contrasts in tempo by using locomotor and non-locomotor movement. Finally, they will be able to label fast as Presto and slow as Largo.

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Music


    Explore and achieve awareness of music contrasts in a variety of music selected for performance.

    Unpacked Content



    • Steady beat
    • Long/ Short
    • One and two sounds per beat
    • Silent beat
    • High and low
    • Pitch set: So, Mi
    • Musical alphabet
    • Accompaniment/ no accompaniment
    • Like and unlike phrases
    • Echo
    • Speak, sing, shout, whisper
    • Solo/ Group
    • Unpitched percussion
    • Flute, trumpet, violin, piano
    • Loud/ Soft
    • Fast/ Slow
    • Age-appropriate audience and performer etiquette

    Essential Questions

    EU: Analyzing creators' context and how they manipulate elements of music provides insight into their intent and informs performance.
    EQ: How does understanding the structure and context of musical works inform performance?

    Skills Examples

    • Demonstrate same and different (e.g., fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low and long/short).
    • Demonstrate a steady beat and maintain it while performing.
    • Sing using head voice and appropriate posture.
    • Play a variety of classroom instruments, alone and with others, and demonstrate proper technique.
    • Create a wide variety of vocal and instrumental sounds.
    Reading/ Writing
    • Explore connections between sound and its visual representation.
    Responding/ Evaluating
    • Move to music of various and contrasting styles, composers and cultures.
    • Demonstrate audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    The students will:

    1. demonstrate the contrast between presto and largo using locomotor and non-locomotor movements.

    Activity Details

    1. Show video Presto Largo.
    2. How did the turtle move?  Fast
    • ask students to run in place quickly to represent Presto
  • How did the rabbit move?  Slow
    • ask students  to crawl through space to represent Largo
  • In order to get the children physically involved and gain a physical sense of the concept of tempo through movement, ask the children to enact the animal they think represents the tempo of the music they hear:  run in place quickly like the turtle to represent Presto and crawl through space slowly like the rabbit to represent Largo
  • Review established movement rules (such as keep your body to yourself, respect other's personal space, etc.)
  • Play the song again.
    1. Students run in place during “Presto”
    2. Students crawl through space during “Largo”
  • Ask students the difference between Presto and Largo
    • Presto is fast and Largo is slow
    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    1. The teacher will use informal observations to assess the students as they move to show “presto” and “largo”. 

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    1. The teacher will need a computer and projector with sound capabilities. 

    2. The teacher will need an internet connection.

    Digital Tools / Resources