Weekend Competition!


It’s time for my weekend competition and today’s featured publication, written, and illustrated, by highly experienced musician Nancy Litten and published by Alfred Music, focuses on the numerous permutations of choir and singer warm-ups.

Choral and Vocal Warm-ups provides invaluable information for pianists regarding every aspect of warming-up with a step-by-step guide through the different stages, as well as plenty of useful accompaniments. There is also advice about practising various common  harmonic progressions, so pianists can confidently assist choirs in every situation.

Beneficial for pianists and choral directors, I have two copies of Choral and Vocal Warm-Ups to giveaway, so please leave your comment in the comment box at the end of this post, and I will announce the 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.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. robfoz says:

    Looks like an interesting read!

  2. Nikos Mourgis says:

    Really interesting work !

  3. skekinah says:

    It seems useful and interesting!! I would like to win it!!

  4. Ohhh! I would love one of these!

  5. eva papadopoulou says:

    I really would like to have it,i hope i ll be lucky!!

  6. Louise Sherratt says:

    Looks like a valuable resource for choral accompanists – I’d be very interested to read it.

  7. Caroline Robinson says:

    I struggle to keep fresh ideas flowing for our warm ups. This resource looks fantastic, it would make my day to win!

  8. Oooh! This looks great! I’ve played for choirs in the public school for years and filled in for maternity leaves for choir teachers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Roy Hoobler says:

    I have three choirs that would benefit. Thanks for offering. If I don’t win, I’ll probably purchase a copy.

  10. Cathy Craig says:

    Please pick me!

  11. Clare says:

    I’d love to win this! It looks like a brilliant resource.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for offering the opportunity. It would be a good resource to have. Thanks!

  13. As a choral accompanist, I can vouch for the need for such a book. On the occasions when I have to warm up the choir, I have a hard time remembering some of the warmups, since the director usually plays them.

  14. Elsa says:

    I have recently begun work as a choral accompanist, and this book would be so helpful to me as I learn the ropes of working with singers!

  15. Lisa Smith says:

    This would be a great addition to my teaching.

  16. Christina Edwards says:

    This would be lovely!!

  17. Kim says:

    This would be great to have since I’m working with an elementary choir and my accompanist is not familiar with warmups.

  18. holora says:

    I am going to be student teaching next semester and this is very useful resource to start getting ready to lead choir for the warm up.

  19. Christine says:

    Looks like a great book!

  20. Looks like a marvelous resource for pianists and choral condcutors alike.

  21. Yvonne reddy says:

    This would be perfect for me. I have a few voice students and am always looking for interesting material for them.

  22. Looks very interesting!

  23. cb9digit says:

    Well finally! So glad this topic/book is out there now. So useful. I do wish to win because otherwise it will have to go down my wish list a ways lol, as I am mainly a pianist ….. But it would be so useful in convincing my church group to warm up with me.
    Thanks for the review as always Melanie.

  24. debigregan says:

    Ouhhhh .. thanks for the chance to win !! 🙂

  25. Suzette Douglas says:

    Sure would love this!! I’m a choir director and have several voice students that would certainly benefit.

  26. Noreen F says:

    A very useful resource to have

  27. Rachel says:

    This would be a wonderful resource for my choir warmups!

  28. Veronika says:

    This does seem like a very useful book! Thanks for holding the give-away.

  29. Maria says:

    I would love to have this book!!

  30. Glenda says:

    This would be a great resource for my students!

  31. Brandy says:

    This looks like a very useful resource to use with my choir!

  32. Brandy Woods says:

    This looks like a very useful resource!

  33. Hendrik Marais says:

    Wow…this will be the most special gift to arrive via post to a beautiful Cape Town, South Africa at the bottom tip of the African continent….Oh, I hope this will soon be in my post box!

  34. Ann Pepper says:

    What a good idea to offer something that’s not specifically for the piano. So many students clam up when you ask them to use their voices for aural work. I try to incorporate some singing into as many lessons as I can, to overcome this shyness, and also to encourage an understanding of other aspects of music development, plus, I love to sing anyway! I also sing with an a capella chorus, so any ideas for new warm ups would be warmly received. Thanks Melanie, great competitions, and really interesting articles on your blog.

  35. Aurelia says:

    Sounds very useful. Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Jill says:

    A completely new idea to me! Wow!!

  37. Amie says:

    Sounds like a great resource!

  38. Something new for my students!

  39. Gail Heywood says:

    Would love some new warm ups!!😀😀

  40. Crystal says:

    Always looking for new vocal warm ups for my choir! Sounds like a great resource.

  41. Virginia Feitelson says:

    What a great resource. Thank you

  42. This looks really useful. I sub for children and adult choirs – would love to see if material is suitable for both!

  43. Britney says:

    I’d love to check out one of these!

  44. Cecilia says:

    I would love this resource. It would be very useful for helping my piano pupils to develop musicianship skills through an aural-vocal approach as well as to understand that instruments like piano can be seen as an extension of our ability as humans to sing. Thanks.

  45. Cecilia says:

    I would love this resource. It would be very useful for helping my piano pupils develop musicianship skills through an aural vocal approach as well as to understand that instruments like the piano can be seen as an extension of our ability as humans to sing. Thanks

  46. lynnkie says:

    this looks right up my alley. I’m always looking for new material like this!

  47. Lisa Duerr says:

    Melanie, you are such a fount of knowledge and resources! Thank you for sharing these with us! As with a couple of the other entrants, I, too, am new to choral accompanying and think this would be a super resource to have should it fall on my shoulders to warm up the choir. I also like the fact that the description mentions “… advice about practising…progressions, so pianists can confidently assist choirs in every situation.” Anything to bolster my skills and confidence would be a wonderful addition to my library! Although I am not a consistent entrant into your competitions, I am very grateful that you offer them. Thank you for these possibilities!

  48. Heidi says:

    My daughter would love these. She’s currently studying for grade 8 piano and grade 6 singing and these would be so beneficial to her

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

  50. Bec says:

    Fabulous! As the director of a local community choir, this would be an amazing resource 🙂

  51. Phimhoong says:

    Resources like this will teach singers and pianist to help each other. Sounds great. =)

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