Friday Freebie and Competition!


Today’s competition offers the chance to win a signed copy of Digressions. If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know I often hold competitions and I’ve blogged about my new pieces a fair amount already! If you would like to know even more about them you can click here.

Digressions consist of 5 short piano pieces intended for pianists of intermediate level (around Grades 4-6 ABRSM), and they are designed to offer something different for those seeking alternatives to the usual jazzy idioms prevalent in Contemporary educational piano music.

To take part in the competition, just leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post and I will select a winner on Sunday (June 14th) evening (around 8pm British time). You can hear each piece by clicking on the links below:


Moving On




My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.


24 thoughts on “Friday Freebie and Competition!

  1. The cover design already catches my attention. I suppose because the earthy colors are in my palette. These pieces all sound great. Chasing is a good exercise for dexterity, and it has a nice classical ending. Moving On is a nice Étude-like piece to practice wrist motions and musicality, especially in the right hand. Karma is a good workout for practicing playing hands close together without getting the fingers caught up with each other. It has a lovely ending. Musing is great for developing a music box sound. Nice Alberti bass. Digression is good for developing speed and lightness of touch. Very nice.

    All in all, this is a beautiful collection of contemporary pieces that could fit in just about any repertoire. These pieces seem fun to play.

    Dennis Dooley.

  2. Hoping to bring Melanie’s beautiful music to the Deep South of the United States!! I know my students here in the great state of Mississippi will love learning your compositions and I will enjoy playing them, too!!

  3. Digressions (cool title) would be perfect for several of my students. One in particular, with autism, would eat this up. I’ve organized his lessons for years so we he does technique first, classical, and finishes with Jazz. Routine is so important. If it were up to him, he would play jazz and worship music all day! Thanks for the excellent blog.

  4. I’ve fallen in love with these pieces. Have already downloaded Karma and I’m eager to play it. Hope to win the whole collection of Digressions!

  5. I’m always looking for new pieces for my students. Finding new music by women composers is also a plus, as my daughter is a composer as well. I would love to win!

  6. I enjoyed watching the videos of the pieces from “Digressions” and would love to introduce your compositions to my students so they can see that classical music is not just written by males who have been dead for a long time!

  7. I really enjoy presenting my students with new music, and being able to tell them a bit about the composer. I hope I win this book.

  8. Thanks for this opportunity! I am looking forward to listening to the recordings of these pieces this morning!

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