Weekend Competition: Get Set! Piano

Get Set Piano 1

It’s Friday, and therefore time for another weekend competition. Today’s prize features several copies of Get Set! Piano which is a tutor (or method) book series published by Bloomsbury and written by Heather Hammond and Karen Marshall.

Tutor Book 1 is accompanied by Pieces Book 1, and there is Tutor Book 2 and Pieces Book 2 as well (I’ve a copy of each, therefore two lucky readers will receive either both Tutor and Pieces Book 1 or 2), and this combination provides lots of material for beginners. Posture, hand positions and improvisation with teacher are highlighted, as well as writing exercises and simple, but effective illustrations. The thumb is introduced sparingly, and little tunes are slowly incorporated.

As usual, all you need to do is leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post, and Heather Hammond and I will select two 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.

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Ada says:

    This book looks interesting!would love to get if for my students to use !

  2. Betsy Stocksdale says:

    It sure looks gorgeous. I’m always looking for new material, and have always appreciated British methods. I wish they were more widely distributed in the USA.

    1. Karen M says:

      Betsy, Bloomsbury have made this series available via Amazon in the USA. Many thanks for your kind comments.

  3. Alan Bond says:

    Always on the lookout for new approaches to beginner teaching and what jumped out of the page was the ‘sparing use of the thumb’. Would love to check out this series.

  4. Jo Snowden says:

    I’m starting a new student next week and I’ve been wondering if I should try out this series. It would be great to be able to show him this set next week at his first lesson.

  5. monika says:

    hello, im trying to develope music education in muscat-oman, im a piano teacher….unfortunately here in muscat, we have not much good music books so usually i must purchase everything from amazon to make children happy…wonder about those books, this is first time i saw them and im very interested….. hope this will be my lucky comment…

  6. Helen Earl says:

    ooooh these would be great for my daughter! Nanny has a piano at her house and plays a little and it would be lovely for nanny and granddaughter to use these books to teach my daughter. Fingers crossed

  7. Andrew Eales says:

    These competitions are a great idea Melanie – a really good way to disseminate great new materials! I’ve not seen these tutor books, but they certainly look interesting and distinctive, so whether or not I am this weeks lucky winner I hope to get a look at them at some point 🙂

  8. I’m always on the look-out for new approaches. The series appears to be well thought out. Love the teacher’s guide with explanations supporting the approach.

  9. Debra Lim says:

    I am really impressed by the method this series takes to approach piano playing for beginners. Really hope I can win this; am currently trying to guide my little 7-year-old cousin into loving music again (she’s had several terrible experiences with various piano teachers)! Thank you for organising this Melanie! On another note, I hope you come to OMWPA again someday, I was one of the 2012 alumni and thoroughly enjoyed your class on sight-reading. 🙂

    1. Hi Debra, Many thanks for your kind comments about my classes at the OMWPA, much appreciated – I sure hope to be at the 2016 course!

  10. safarisurfer123 says:

    I am really impressed by the method this series uses to make piano playing interesting for beginners. Really hope I can win this; am currently trying to guide my little 7-year-old cousin to a love of music (she’s had several terrible experiences with piano teachers). On another note, I hope you come back again to OMWPA, Melanie! I was one of the 2012 alumni and thoroughly enjoyed your class on sight-reading techniques. 🙂

  11. great idea! I d love to see the books!

  12. Carol says:

    Ooh, this is a new one to me! Crossing my fingers….

  13. Irma Khouw says:

    It looks great. I am always in the lookout for new materials. Would love to win this and try with my student.

  14. Diane Volkman says:

    Wow! That looks fun! I have just the right student for it!

  15. Cindi says:

    Sounds fun! I need this!! Pick me!

  16. Loraine says:

    I like the colorful layout of the book of Tutor book 1 (I saw the you tube link when students are playing with). I wish to win a copy so that I could have a closer look and explore the concept and the sequence of this method.

  17. Ashleen says:

    Looks a really exciting book for beginners, would love a copy!! 😊

  18. Marla Mosiman says:

    I am always looking for new beginning books. Sometimes it is a challenge to find the perfect fit for that certain student. This one looks like it will be a good one!

  19. Brenda Slocum says:

    Yes, I am always open to look and find new music.

  20. Fran says:

    This book looks like a creative fresh approach to teaching young students. I would to love to win it if possible, as I could utilize the new methods discovered. Thank you.

  21. Lynne Hall says:

    I love investigating new music for my students. Keeps me on my toes, too, so that I never fall into a rut. Thank you for introducing us to this music.

  22. Bess sawyer says:


  23. Elena Sham says:

    These incredible books will be suitable for kids age 4-12. I am always looking for interesting beginner books and creative teaching approach! In Malaysia, we have limited piano books. If possible, I hope to win it. 🙂

  24. Jacquie Touchie says:

    I’m looking for a new method book. Would be very interested in discovering this one. Is it available in Canada?

    1. Karen M says:

      Yes it is available in Canada via Amazon. Many thanks for your interest in the books.

  25. Pamela Denison says:

    Looks fun.

  26. Rachel Boneham says:

    These look ideal for young beginners – I’m always looking for material that is suitable for small children, especially those who find use of the thumb and ‘five finger’ position still tricky to achieve.

  27. Ben Hughes says:

    My daughters keen to learn.
    My daughters keen to play.
    Times are hard,
    Maxed out is the credit card.
    So please, send the books my way!

  28. These books look wonderful! I’m always on the lookout for great method book options. Thanks!

  29. Neil says:

    These look good, would love to try then out.

  30. MaryBeth says:

    Thanks for another great opportunity! I’m in the process of restarting my piano studio. So far (as expected) I have all beginners. Having more beginner materials at my disposal is always welcome! Thanks to Heather and Karen for sharing as well! Hope I’m the lucky one!

  31. We went to the animal fair 😁 use this series a lot already as move nicely from dogs and birds book 1. The pictures are great and we all love Suzie Staccato!!!

  32. Ksenija Vojisavljevic says:

    Thank you, this would be a lovely gift!

  33. Pamela Rose says:

    Get Set tutor books have the most musical approach to learning I have seen and are suitable for all types of learners. The foundations of music are laid thoroughly in easy steps with lovely illustrations and music. Get Set tutor books not only make learning music enjoyable for beginners of all ages but are an excellent resource for teachers.

  34. Kim Bruguier says:

    I would love to have a copy of this! I’m looking for a new method to use with my students.

  35. Ann Allott says:

    Elissa Milne recommended these books at a seminar I attended and it would be great to be able to try them out. Thank you.

  36. This competition is now closed, many thanks to all who took part, Melanie 🙂

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