Weekend Competition: Funkey!


This weekend’s competition features a new collection of sight-reading books written by Lindsey Berwin and published by Kevin Mayhew. Funkey! is designed to encourage students to sight-read regularly, by making the process fun and pleasurable. It will also help assist knowledge of keys, rhythmic awareness, and the ability to play fluently. The set comprises five graded levels, with a complete mix of styles from folk music and nursery rhymes to rock and swing. There is a helpful audio CD with backing tracks too.

I have the first three books to giveaway, so please leave your comment in the comment box after this post to be in with a chance of winning. I will announce three 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.

75 Comments Add yours

  1. Valerie Morman Sampson says:

    Oh boy I’m the first one to comment! These look to be terrific books-I’d love to try them out!

  2. Peggy liew says:

    Wanted to win because too curious to see what’s fun inside…

  3. Manuela says:

    Those books seem good for my students πŸ™‚

  4. Joanne snowden says:

    I’d love to try these out, both for me and my students. They look like they make sight reading fun!


  5. Jane says:

    Looks good, would love to try it out

  6. mihrank says:

    you reminded me when I first began my music lessons..

  7. The books look great! It would be perfect to have them by every student.

  8. These books look great! Would love to see what’s inside and have a go with them!

  9. lynnkie says:

    ……curiouser and curiouser………(should i change my name to Alice?)

  10. Julie says:

    These books look interesting and fun! Would love to check them out!

  11. Dennis Malone says:

    Thank you!

  12. Alison says:

    I’m trying Book One of these with my pupils, but am very keen to get my hands on the other two. Really enjoying the book and the play-along cd!

  13. Ann Coleman says:

    These books look as if they could make sight reading a seriously fun activity. No mean feat, Melanie!

  14. Anna says:

    I saw these recently and thought they looked fantastic, but I resisted buying as I’ve been trying to break my habit of buying every book I like the look of! If I won one for free, though, that wouldn’t count… πŸ˜€

  15. Louise says:

    Love the look of these books! Fun and funky sight reading….just what my students need!!

  16. jlq555 says:

    Would love to win this prize!

  17. Irma khouw says:

    This is wonderful. My students would really benefit from this. I hope to win.

  18. Lou Ann Pope says:

    Thank you for such a lovely opportunity! It would be such an honor to win these! (“Pick me, pick me!” As the kids say!!)

  19. Nancy Cole says:

    These do look interesting. I would love to try these with my students.

  20. juliesstudio says:

    I’d love to use these! Do they ship to the US?

  21. Carla Quelhas says:

    These would be a great addition to my library. There aren’t enough books for sight-reading, and these just look delightful!!!
    My pupils will really appreciate them. πŸ™‚

  22. annafagan says:

    Wow — these look great! Would love to add them to my studio library!

  23. Lisa Smith says:

    When my students forget their books we sightread for the entire lesson. These books would be a blessing to my students and to me.

  24. Jillian says:

    So cool! You can never practice too much!

  25. Irene says:

    I like these books! I would like to have them.

  26. Manouela says:

    Nice! My students would love this!

  27. kostas says:

    nice! i want them for my litle manou

  28. Karen Lander says:

    I really love the idea of backing tracks. Always on the lookout for ways to inspire Sightreading.

  29. Juanita says:

    These look like “fun”!

  30. Alan Bond says:

    Sight reading is an area I definitely need a good lively book to help with. This looks great.

  31. amareechan says:

    How fun! I think sight reading is so very important!

  32. Rachel says:

    Any of them would be wonderful! Would you ship to the US???

  33. George says:

    I want these for my kids!!

  34. Marian Parrott says:

    These books look really unique and interesting! Would love to try them with my students so would be thrilled to win them!

  35. maryloypa says:

    I find everything you recommend is great quality and my students love it. These look to be good resources and I certainly would use them. Thank you for your continued quality recommendations.

  36. Amy Reiff says:

    These look like great fun – which is what sightreading should be!

  37. Sarah A. says:

    Looks fun! I’d love to give them a try

  38. Judith Hobbs says:

    Sight reading can seem like a bit of a chore sometimes, with a reputation for rather dull exercises. So it is refreshing to have a new series of books which include a variety of styles and which aim to be fun to play.

  39. Mary Ann McCoey says:

    The title Funkey is a great play on words!

  40. Ada says:

    I am in! Thank you!!

  41. Carmen says:

    I would love to try these books with my students!!! Please pick me πŸ™‚

  42. Carmen says:

    I would love to use these books with my students!!! Please pick me :-).

  43. Lorraine says:

    These sound like a great new resource!

  44. Frances Philpot says:

    Just love the look of these! I’m gradually building up my beginner books to look more up to date than the very books I learnt on in the seventies! . These certainly fulfil that brief!

  45. sight-reading is one of the top skills that I teach. It’s such a valuable skill-I’d love to have more resources. These books look like they would be really fun!

    1. Melissa says:

      I reall need some sight reading books. I hope I win!

  46. Alondra McEldowney says:

    I have heard only good things about these books! Crossing my fingers maybe I will win one since the ol’ budget is a bit strapped this year!!! Thanks for doing these contests, such a fun way to learn about new materials.

  47. Noreen F says:

    I would love to look at these. I start each lesson with rhythm and sight reading exercises.

  48. I already think sightreading is really fun; hopefully these books might get a few more pupils agreeing with me!?

  49. ugtwynnes says:

    These books look great for my students!

  50. Jo Griffiths says:

    Woo. Fantastic to use books by local female composers. Intrigued!

  51. Kim Ritchie says:

    These giveaways are so fun! Thanks for doing them. I’d love to take a look at anything that helps with sight reading! Thanks, Melanie!

  52. Never heard of them and now am super intrigued

  53. Julia Leikvoll says:

    I’ve already purchased one of them and it’s really great. I would love to try the other ones with my students! May is the sight reading month in my studio πŸ™‚

  54. Loraine says:

    Thanks for the give away, and I am always looking for new exciting sight reading materials for my studio

  55. Mary says:

    Great books!

  56. Great idea, I’m always looking for more of these resources to encourage my students to be less afraid when sight reading.

  57. pianoandkids says:

    These look wonderful. Encouraging my students to do more sight-reading.

  58. Merri Bell says:

    Good sight reading resources are thin on the ground, so having these would be great.

  59. Cool covers, proper pieces AND backing tracks?! Awesome – with this my students will not even realise they are doing the dreaded sightreading! Seriously, the backing tracks will be great for getting them to just keep going – my main challenge! A welcome change from exercise-based resources. Can’t wait to take a peek!

  60. Cate Ranford says:

    Sight reading inspiration- its what a lot of students seem to need!!!!

  61. abigail says:

    May i Have 1 pretty PLSSSSSSSSSS………

  62. Trish Glover says:

    Would love to give these a try and maybe stock them in my store!!!!

  63. sabrina says:

    I wish to have one 😊

  64. houyeancha says:

    What a funkeyway to improve sight reading. Would love to get hold of those PRECIOUS books. πŸ˜„

  65. Lori Supernaw says:

    I LOVE sight reading and am always looking for ways to teach my students to be better sight readers. I would love to win!

  66. Barbara Githens says:

    Perfect timing for summer lessons and to explore something new! Winning or not, I may have to get me a set!

  67. buckeyeamy says:

    Sightreading made fun and enjoyable?! Who wouldn’t want to win these?πŸ˜€

  68. learnatune says:

    I’m a huge fan of sight-reading myself and love the fact these books look like a fun way of developing the skill without students realising it. I think my students would love these and thanks for letting us know about such a new and exciting looking resource πŸ™‚

  69. barbarakennedymusic says:

    These books look great πŸ™‚ I love sight reading.

  70. Gloria Pevy says:

    In haste. Pupil’s concert today. Yes please!

  71. Michele says:

    What a grand chance to explore something fresh and fun-key! Thank you

  72. Sarah Martin says:

    Have so many pupils who would benefit from these books!

  73. Many thanks to all those who took part this weekend! This competition is now closed πŸ™‚

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