Weekend Competition! Safari by June Armstrong

My competition this weekend features a new collection of beginner to pre-grade one piano pieces written by composer June Armstrong.

Safari consists of 23 elementary pieces and follows the course of a day in Africa, starting with African Dawn and ending with Night Sky with Stars.  You can meet all the animals along the way – gazelles, flamingos, lions, giraffes, hyenas, monkeys, elephants and many others, as well as a myriad of atmospheric scenes such as Mountain Mist and Mirage.

This selection contains a distinctly appealing atmospheric sound, and one which I think both adult and child beginners will enjoy. A wide range of piano techniques are introduced, and therefore these little pieces form excellent teaching material.

I have two signed copies of this volume to give away, so please leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this post, and I will select two winners, and will announce them on this blog 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.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes please! I’ve heard very good things about this already and like her other work very much so would love to win a copy 😉 Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. Jana Poljanovskaja says:

    An excellent book, purchased for a transfer stundent as a birthday present from parents. He is very happy with it. Would like to have it myself!

  3. Vicky Eastwood says:

    This would be fab to add to my growing collection of June Armstrong!

  4. lynnkie says:

    totally entrancing!!

  5. Would like to win this composition.
    Many thanks.

  6. Ann Coleman says:

    Thank you for this , Melanie. I am absolutely desperate to own June’s book. The music is so imaginative, and has a sophistication unusual at such an early level

  7. Rebekah H says:

    I’d love to use this book with my younger students. The safari theme sounds amazing! Thanks for the opportunity😀

  8. Jo Snowden says:

    I love this book, and I have a student whose parent is reluctant to spend any money on books at all, but I would love her to have it so I can teach her the wonderful pieces.

  9. Rachel says:

    I would love to be able to share this amazing collection with one of my students.

  10. Alan Bond says:

    Listened on you tube and loved the simplicity despite producing a satisfying sound.

  11. Have heard such great things about this collection – would love to give it a go!

  12. Leon Whitesell says:

    Thanks so much for the many opportiunities you provide, Melanie! And June Armstrong is such an imaginative and creative musician…I so hope to win, but will be very pleased for anyone who is chosen!

  13. Loraine says:

    I bought Armstrong other collection Paint Box and my students love the sound of the pieces. Safari is on my wish list .

  14. Samantha says:

    Just finished listen to it, it is beautiful!

  15. vhb says:

    I love the animal theme, but more than that, I’m really impressed with how simple yet atmospheric each piece is! It’s also nice for the parents/teacher that the demo videos state what technique each piece focuses on. This is definitely on my wish list for the little ones who are starting piano. I sure would have been excited to bring all these animals of the African safari to life myself when I was just beginning!

  16. Nancy Osborne says:

    I just recently discovered June Armstrong, and love what I’ve heard of her music! I never win anything, but am entering anyway….

  17. Just discovered June Armstrong’s good music last spring. I would love to have this music, but alas, I never win anything! But hope springs eternal……

  18. Frances Philpot says:

    I’ve heard lots of rave reviews about this collection and would love to own a copy! Teaching through pupils’ imagination has to be the way forward and these pieces certainly appeal in that way.

  19. Kymberley Ellson says:

    This book looks like a great addition to my repertoire. This would be amazing

  20. Sarah Martin says:

    This is yet another one of those books that I keep meaning to buy! Love using Toy Box with my pupils and know they would live a book of animal themed pieces.

  21. susanhong says:

    I have been wanting to add June’s composition to my library so crossing my fingers !!

  22. susanhong11 says:

    I have been wanting to add June’s composition for a while so hope I get the chance to win 🙂 Ty !

  23. Louise Sherratt says:

    June Armstrong’s collections are wonderful for encouraging pupils to use imagery and creative language to enhance their playing – I’d love to win this one!

  24. I would love to add Safari to my collection. I use Paint Box all the time with my pupils, both adults and children, and it always inspires and delights them.

  25. Irma says:

    This is awesome. I need more beginner music

  26. Lynne Hall says:

    These pieces would make an interesting recital theme for my students. Lovely!

  27. John says:

    I was intrigued by the evocative nature of these pieces and would love to explore them further.

  28. Donna Stark says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I hope I win!

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