Friday Competition: Improve Your Theory!


A Friday often denotes a competition here on my blog, and today is no exception! There are two prizes, and therefore two lucky winners. You will probably be aware of Paul Harris’ very popular series, Improve Your Theory! At present, there are five books in this series (Grades 1 – 5), and they have all appeared in my monthly recommendations.

I have a copy of Grades 1 and 2 to give away. Published by Faber Music, Improve Your Theory! is designed to provide practical help and assistance to all those who desire a straightforward method to study the theory of music. The books are beautifully laid out and are based on Paul’s Simultaneous Learning ideology. If you’re not familiar with these books, this is the perfect opportunity to explore what they have to offer.

As always, leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post to be in with a chance of winning, and I will announce the winners on Sunday evening (British time).


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

47 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane says:

    Interested to see these!

  2. Rhoda says:

    I like your new look, although I can’t remember what the old one looked like! I have heard of Paul Harris books but not seen them yet πŸ™‚

  3. Lynn Dinkle says:

    I am not familiar with this series, and would LOVE to look at them, and since you recommend them, I know I would add them to my students’ piano experiences with me. Thank you for all you do to help piano teachers like me!

  4. Deanna Pohl says:

    These sound great! I have an adult student who just loves theory; I think they would be perfect for him!

  5. April Wilson says:

    Love the new look! I usually use Theory Time but would love to see these. They might be lovely for some of my students.

  6. Carla green says:

    I have not seen this one before and would like to review it. Thank u!

  7. Nia Demopoulos says:

    I like the simplicity of your blog! The theory books look great! Thank you 🎹

  8. holora says:

    I am interested to try and explore the new theory books

  9. Christina T. says:

    I would love to try those out- always researching new theory curriculum :))

  10. Noreen says:

    I’m always interested in seeing something new.

  11. Mimi says:

    Thank you!

  12. Shirlee Landskroener says:

    It would be wonderful to have these in my library and use with my students. Have a wonderful day!

  13. Shirlee says:

    This looks like a wonderful way to introduce and encourage theory in a studio.

  14. Clementine says:

    I’ve used his sight reading books before, and I love them. I didn’t actually know about his theory books, and I’d love to try them. I’ll have to go check them out some time!

  15. Jeannie says:

    Always looking for new resources and this series of books look as if they would be a big asset to my library.

  16. I had not heard of these! They look very interesting!

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to try these books!

  18. Judith says:

    These would be a fantastic addition to my studio’s library.

  19. Noel says:

    I would love to experiment with these books. I’ve heard only good things about them.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you!

  21. Courtney Hall says:

    Looks great! I need to check these out!

  22. Claire Dooley Clark says:

    Eager to see what these look like!

  23. Yvonne reddy says:

    I would love to have some new theory resources for my students.

  24. These look great!! Always open to new theory resources.

  25. lynne hall says:

    Would love to try this. Thank you Melanie

  26. Ann Pepper says:

    I’ve tried a variety of theory books for students, some better than others. I haven’t looked at these before though, so would be really interested to give them a go. I think it’s so important to get students interested in music theory from the outset, so anything that encourages that gets the thumbs up from me!

  27. Jane says:

    I’m returning to piano and theory teaching, after years in the classroom, and currently building up my piano and theory teaching material. I’m really interested in these as I recently enjoyed an inset session given by Paul Harris on sight reading. It’s good to see new material!

  28. missesploppy says:

    I’m returning to piano and theory teaching, after years in the classroom, and currently building up my piano and theory teaching material. I’m really interested in these as I recently enjoyed an inset session given by Paul Harris on sight reading. It’s always good to see new material!

  29. Sarah Arnold says:

    Thank you for pointing out this theory series – exactly what I have been looking for to eliminate loose or lost photocopies.

    Sarah arnold

  30. Catharina de Beer says:

    Thank you for the information you share on your blog. I am always looking for good theory books.

  31. Kimberly Engel says:

    This is the first I’ve seen of these theory books — thanks for bringing them to my/our attention!

  32. I’ve enjoyed Harris’s teaching material – if they are anything to do by then the quality of these theory books should be excellent!

  33. David says:

    New look is great. Very much looking forward to seeing Paul Harris’s new books; his writing is always a favourite with my teaching diploma candidates (as is your blog!)

  34. Sounds like great books to have. Would love to win.

  35. Very interested in these books. Hope to win them!

  36. Will definately have to check these new books out! Thanks as always Melanie x

  37. Rachel Boneham says:

    I really like Paul Harris’ books and these would be a fabulous addition to my teaching I’m sure!

  38. Kayla says:

    Music Theory is a subject which I hated in my childhood, but adore after age 16. I would love to have this books! Thank you for possibility!

    1. Kayla says:

      And just wondering, Is it G sharp or A flat on your cover? πŸ™‚

      1. Hey Kayla! Good question! I like to think of it as a G sharp! πŸ˜‰

  39. Kendra Betz says:

    I have not heard of these! Would love to try them out!

  40. rmepham says:

    Looks awesome!

  41. James ANderson says:

    Sound interesting. My 7 year-old really struggles with theory.

  42. Would LOVE to have a copy of these books!

  43. Thank you for all your excellent comments! This competition is now closed πŸ™‚

  44. Say Eow says:

    This is interesting. I am presently use a different series of music. I felt it is a little simple. This coming year, I plan to teach a theory class for all my students. This may be a good theory book series to have since it is graded. Thanks for noticing me about this series! Thanks for the blog too. This is my first time come to you blog.

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