New Year Weekend Competition!

20160108_085820_resizedThe first competition of the New Year features a series written by Paul Harris and published by Faber Music. A piece a week is just that: a repertoire of short pieces for Elementary pupils to learn in a week, encouraging quick study and instant score recognition; these volumes could also be used as sight-reading for more advanced student. They are companions to the Improve your sight-reading! Series also published by Faber and written by Paul.

I have two books to give away; Grade 1 and Grade 2. As always, please 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 two winners on Sunday evening (British time). Good luck!


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.

63 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Martin says:

    I would love this challenge for my students!

  2. Carla Quelhas says:

    I have all the “Improve your sight-reading” series. These would be such a great addiction to my library and would help so many of my students!!!

  3. Ellie Saunders says:

    I didnt even know these existed. Excellent idea. The kids might even enjoy sight-reading

  4. Danel Botha (South Africa) says:

    What a lovely idea. It’s great to have access to information like this. I’m sure these books will help any young player. 🙂

  5. Rebekah says:

    The ‘Improve your Sight-reading’ series is wonderful. My goal this year is to have my pupils experience more repertoire and the ‘piece a week’ concept sounds ideal! I would love to use these books to help my pupils improve their reading and musicianship skills!

  6. Solveig Steinhardt says:

    Nice blog! I would love to try out this sight reading method!
    🙂 Solveig

  7. Karen Newby says:

    What a great idea. Learning a piece a week would give the student a real sense of achievement and you can never have too much sight reading material – this is the first time I’ve seen these Paul Harris books and they look great.

  8. Laura says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen these books, they look brilliant, really would be useful for my pupils.

  9. Whitney says:

    Very glad I saw your post! Love to find new tools to use for improvement in sight reading.

  10. Irma Khouw says:

    This is great. I would love to win. My studio can benefit from this sight reading material. Thank you.

  11. Elaine Bell says:

    I would love to try out these books with my pupils! Thank you.

  12. Kimberly says:

    This is a great concept — love the idea and would love to try out this book!

  13. I’d love to try this out with my students!

  14. Yvonne says:

    always looking for more sight reading material-this looks great!

  15. Kimberly Handley says:

    These books look so fun!

  16. I always believe in Paul Harris’ concept of simultaneous learning. It is the best way to make sense when learning music. He is always full of great ideas for students and learning sight reading as a repertoire will definitely connect the dots.

  17. Loraine says:

    I have a new student who want to improve her sight reading skills. I would love to use this with my new student and possibly with other students in my studio as well.

  18. Zoé Iglesias says:

    Those look great, I would love to try them!

  19. Sandra Scruton says:

    Sounds like a wonderful resource to have. Thanks for the opportunity of entering the contest, & Happy New Year!

  20. Betty Lawson says:

    These look like a great source. Would be great to give these for students to work through…

  21. Kim says:

    As a teacher of advancing beginners, this approach sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to get a copy! Thanks for the recommendation.

  22. Renee says:

    I would love these!

  23. Sarah Arnold says:

    Said it before but I’ll say it again, SR is my fav – I would love a chance at winning these books.
    Sarah A

  24. deanna says:

    Awesome! Would so love it!!

  25. annduhamel says:

    I didn’t know about these books and will have to check them out. What a wonderful giveaway – thank you!

  26. Laura says:

    Am looking for some new sight-reading books for my students this term!

  27. amylouwright says:

    These look great. I know a few pupils who these would help a lot!

  28. Bernice says:

    Hearing about these for the first time! Would really like to try them with my students.

  29. Catherine says:

    These look great. I would love to try them

  30. Dana says:

    These look great! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  31. Maria says:

    I am looking for ways to make my students love sight-reading… these books look amazing!!

  32. I love playing the piano, its my favourite instrument of all time. I am a unsigned singer songwriter that does live improvisation on the piano. I used to have lessons, I’d love to relook at my sightreading skills, the books sound very useful towards achieving this.

  33. Lavinia Livingston says:

    Sight reading is such an important skill and these books look like a motivating way for students to improve their sight-reading skills.

  34. I was just looking for a new sight reading resource for my studio. These look great and I would love to try them! Will there be more coming out in the series?

  35. vhb says:

    I’d love to try these!

  36. Noreen says:

    I’m always looking for new books to try.

  37. A piece sleek in the title is good

  38. Alli says:

    These books sound like great resources!

  39. Shelby Ratliff says:

    I love using the Faber and Faber Piano Adventure Series!
    I would love to incorporate new sight reading material into the students’ lessons.
    They always love new pieces and new challenges. Haven’t tried any of Paul Harris’ methods yet and would love to see what they are all about!

  40. Katharine Jones says:

    I heard Paul Harris mention these on a podcast with Tim Topham & they sounded great. I wasn’t sure when they were coming out but they sound perfect for the 30-piece challenge I’m trying out with some of my students this year.

  41. Melody says:

    I love Faber and would be great to win this! I would have a contest for my students to able to win one of the sightreading books!

  42. Yvonne Reddy says:

    These books would be a great addition to my collection.

  43. Nancy says:

    I am really interested in these books, my students take ABRSM exam, they have sign reading test, so I always look for the good book on sign reading to help them.

  44. Nancy Foley says:

    I am interested in these books. Most of my students take ABRSM exam, it tests sign reading, I always look for the good sign reading books to help my students.

  45. Nancy Foley says:

    I like these books, I think. I always look for the good sign reading books to help my students, because they take ABRSM exams, they have sign reading test.

  46. Dedra McDole says:

    I would love these! I might have to order them anyway… always looking for good music to improve sight-reading skills! Thank you.

  47. janicewinder says:

    Love his books, these sound great too. I like the quick as study idea.

  48. Gloria says:

    These look like very useful books…would be awesome for my studio!

  49. Pamela Denison says:

    I would love these for my students. Paul Harris’ books are well written and fun to use.

  50. Gloria says:

    These look like very helpful books…my students would benefit greatly from these!

  51. Rachel says:

    Would love a chance to check out these books , thanks so much!

  52. Jo Snowden says:

    I would love to try these with my students! I’m always looking for new resources to encourage sightreading.

  53. Nathalie says:

    Thank you for your blog !
    It is so inspiring- the contest , the books and people around , of course !
    Good luck for everyone here!

  54. Hannah says:

    Looks interesting. I have a student right now who definitely needs to improve his sightreading!

  55. Claire says:

    Sounds like a fantastic series. Would be a great resource for helping my students achieve their 20 piece challenge.

  56. Claire Bowes says:

    Sounds like a fantastic resource. This series would really help my students towards meeting their 20 piece challenge.

  57. Felicity Breen says:

    Love this concept. The title says it all and puts the challenge directly to the student! Would love these for my studio!

  58. Sally Gogna says:

    These look great!

  59. Lynne Hall says:

    What a great opportunity you offer us. Thank you so much.

  60. What a fab idea, some new inspiration!

  61. Ms Gunn says:

    Would be great for year 5 class who are learning piano

  62. Rhonda says:

    This would be a great resource for my students!

  63. This competition is now closed – many thanks to all who took part 🙂

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