Weekend Competition: The Graded Piano Player


As Friday is upon us once more, it’s time for a competition, and today I have three books to give away to three lucky readers.

Published by Faber Music just last month, The Graded Piano Player is a triptych collection of arrangements consisting of well-known tunes from all different sources; film, TV, musical  theatre, traditional and folk music. The arrangements and transcriptions have been tastefully written by Alan Bullard and Ned Bennett amongst others. Perfect for students who want to play for fun, fancy something different between exams, or simply need more sight-reading material. As the title suggests, they are graded in difficulty, and the first book is designed for those of Grades 1-2 (elementary), second, Grades 2-3 (late elementary), and the third, Grades 3-5 (intermediate).

For your chance to win one of these books, leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this blog post. I will announce the 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.

81 Comments Add yours

  1. Lu Lampson says:

    These look perfect to motivate my students on their 40-piece challenge!

  2. Mandy S says:

    These look just the thing for my students taking exams this week. 🙂

  3. Heather Moore says:

    How cool!

  4. Merri Bell says:

    New repertoire is always a good thing!

  5. Polly says:

    Hi Melanie – what a great prize! These sound terrific.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I’m always looking for new piano resources!

  7. Steve Luck says:

    I saw these on your blog last week. They look like a good option for a quite a few of my students

  8. amylouwright says:

    These look great! Would be lovely to get my hands on these.

  9. Julie says:

    These look like they have a great collection of songs in them.

  10. Carla Quelhas says:

    Fingers crossed! 🙏

  11. Ling Wai Mun says:

    Excellent learning material👍

  12. Ling Wai Mun says:

    It will be an excellent learning materials !👍

  13. Heidi Ellson says:

    These would come in very handy for my daughter and its her birthday next week 😊

  14. Tessa Newton says:

    These look like just the thing to get my cool 14 year old pupil ‘Max’ playing something he likes !

  15. Paul Myatt Piano Teacher says:

    Hope you can send to Australia – I’d love them 😉

  16. Caroline Panter says:

    These look great. Ive been looking for music to inspire my students between exams and these look varied and fun.

  17. annafagan says:

    Just added these to my wish list, after reading your post about them a few days ago! My students enjoy a wide variety of musical styles – would be great to win them.

  18. Rachael pickering says:

    These look great

  19. Rosgard Lingardsson says:

    Hope you can send to Portugal, I have many pupils in the Conservatory-Porto who would L ❤ Ve these! Obrigada!

  20. I would love to have them. My students would have so much fun with these books!

  21. Christene says:

    Would love these books.

  22. Audrey Lynn says:

    These look cool.

  23. robfoz says:

    Happy Friday! These look great. 🎹☺️

  24. Amanda hite says:

    Faber never disappoints!

  25. Marina says:

    I would love to have one!

  26. Donna Reed says:

    Love adding new books to my collection!! More great music for my students!!

  27. Nada says:

    They sound like the perfect solution to those who want a break from a more classical repertoire.

  28. Elizabeth says:

    New music!! 🙂

  29. Irma Khouw says:

    This is perfect to motivate my students.

  30. BJ says:

    Would love to try these with my students!

  31. Betsy says:

    Fresh material is needed to keep up our post-recital momentum!! These look great!

  32. Noreen F says:

    I’m always looking for new material for my students. Another great giveaway!

  33. Karen says:

    I would love to share these with my students!

  34. Margaret Andres says:

    I love checking out new music!

  35. I love that this fits the ABRSM syllabus. My students would love these!

  36. amareechan says:

    This looks like a great resource for my students!

  37. Marina says:

    Great books!! Can I get one? 😀

  38. John says:

    Yet more books which I would open with joy and anticipation and then maybe end up not using with anyone !

  39. John Forster says:

    A sight reading for sore eyes !

  40. Rebekah says:

    I’ve been looking for new, fun repertoire for between grades. My students would love these books!

  41. Kathryn Leichliter says:

    Would love to check these out!

  42. holora says:

    This looks like a fun collection that I could try with my students to show them piano music could be fun and piano music is related to us in this modern world.

  43. Willie Wong says:

    Please, I wanna try!

  44. Julie says:

    Always looking for new things that will excite my students!

  45. Zoé Iglesias says:

    These books look fun, I would love to try them ! 😀

  46. Amy says:

    Exciting to see collections like these?

  47. Louise Sherratt says:

    These look like ideal post-exam pieces – very tempted to buy them when I don’t win!!

  48. Sanja Cemerski says:

    My students are always super excited to try some new pieces. It brings me an enormous joy to provide that for them. Thank you for making it possible.

  49. knakster says:

    These would be perfect for my students!

  50. Zen Mama says:

    Oh fantastic! I love eclectic collections, it’s so good for motivation (and fun!)

  51. Loretta McCann says:

    These look great, a fantastic teaching addition. Have a great weekend

  52. This wide-ranging selection of pieces would be fantastic for my pupils.

  53. Francisco Reis says:

    Only recently I started teaching children but it is going very well for me and for them! I would find these very very usefull, would be great to try it with them!

  54. Francisco Reis says:

    Only recently I started teaching children but it is going great for me and for them! I would find these very very useful, would be great to try it out with them!

  55. Nathalie says:

    Thank you
    Fingers crossed )

  56. Suzanne Buttimer says:

    Ok…..so in spite of my book shelves creaking under the weight of music that I spend all my wages (and more) on …..I would still LOVE these!! I’m a music educator because I wish to share my passion for the subject and these books would/could/should help me #thankyouforthemusic

  57. Gaye Endler says:

    Always good to have something like this at hand, especially when the arrangements are well done! I’m in!

  58. I love all of your repertoire suggestions and these look typically inspiring, exciting and engaging for students. I would be so thrilled if I were to receive a copy!

  59. Kimberly says:

    These would be a great addition to my collection!

  60. They look engaging and inspiring for today’s modern student!

  61. Jackie Vandenberg says:

    Here’s hoping!

  62. Karen Housby says:

    They look like fun for students. Something different!

  63. Gloria says:

    These escaped me! I love Faber and was not aware of these new books!

  64. Ana Beatriz Marcondes Marra says:

    I really want these books! Fingers crossed!

  65. I think these look wonderful! Someone will be fortunate to be the winner!

  66. Michelle D says:

    Would love to win one of these! 🙂

  67. Marcia Benson says:

    Having finished Festivals and Contests, we are ready for fresh songs and would love to try these!

  68. Janeen says:

    I love trying new books. I would be delighted to win these!

  69. Jeannine Ary says:

    Let’s bring these books to America!

  70. Esther brown says:

    This sounds like a fantastic resource, at my last pupil concert we had the theme films and musicals so I know my pupils really enjoyed playing well known pieces. 😀

  71. Esther brown says:

    These resources sound fantastic, at my last pupil concert our theme was films and musicals and I know my pupils really enjoyed learning to play well known pieces 😀

  72. Diane Conway says:

    Looks really fun! My students love fun songs!

  73. Lynette says:

    Sure, I would love to try one!

  74. oliviawoohoo says:

    These books look fantastic!

  75. Melody says:

    I would love to win the books. Always looking for something new to teach!

  76. artbyclo says:

    These would help greatly in my quest to help my students reach the 40 piece challenge (and 20 piece for higher grades!)

  77. Like any piano teacher, I’m always excited about new music! I’d love to win- especially the elementary one since I’m currently rebuilding my studio and only have beginners. 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

  78. Pamela Denison says:

    These books are on my wishlist.

  79. This competition is now closed. Many thanks to all who took part 🙂

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