Weekend Competition and Review: A piece a week

This new volume continues the highly beneficial series from Paul Harris, published by Faber Music. Anyone familiar with music education will surely know how Paul has played an important role in helping to transform music teaching, particularly instrumental instruction. I’ve enjoyed using Paul’s popular Improve Your Sight-Reading! publications with pupils, as well as The Virtuoso Teacher and Simultaneous Learning, which are intended for teachers.

The ability to sight-read is a crucial skill in music making, assisting quick learning, thereby eventually affording more opportunities for students to work with other musicians.

A piece a week can be used alongside the renowned Improve your sight-reading! series, encouraging students to learn and assimilate quickly, spending a short time swiftly reading and attaining note and rhythmic security, learning each piece fluently, before moving onto the next one.

Grade 3 focuses on mostly one page pieces (of which there are 27), all with colourful titles such as Ants and aardvarks, Bagpipes at breakfast, and Ghosts in a hurry, and beautifully set with illustrations (which should appeal to younger learners particularly). An introduction contains much useful information about such topics as fingering, pulse, practice and style, expression and character. As Paul says, ‘A new piece each week for 27 weeks before an exam will make a huge difference.’ Absolutely! This series should certainly inspire confidence and creativity.

I have one copy of this new volume to giveaway. Please leave your comment in the comment box at the end of this blog post, and I will announce the winner 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.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Cooper says:

    Ooh, would LOVE to win this! Yet another inspiring and useful idea from Paul Harris. Would help my pupils learn a piece a week “tailor made to their level!”


    Thank you very much…

    Inspiring musicians by cultivating their passion.

  3. Juan C. says:

    The book looks great! I hope I’ll be lucky. Thanks for your inspiring blog Melanie!

  4. Karen Lander says:

    Would love to have this collection. What a wonderful resource to enrich sight reading and expand repertoire. Love the idea of using it to build sight reading competency as part of exam prep. Keeps the work fresh and interesting.

  5. dennisdooley says:

    Hi Melanie. This would be a great addition to my learning library. It sounds like this would be very helpful to me.

  6. Rebekah Hanna says:

    Such a great resource! perfect for repertoire and exam prep – would love to win 😀

  7. Samantha says:

    Will love to win this and add in to my resources list!

  8. Rachel says:

    This looks wonderful–what a great resource! Is the competition open to overseas fans too (USA)?

  9. Jacki Stephenson says:

    Another brilliant edition to the Paul Harris books – have several and would love to add this to my teaching repertoire!

  10. buckeyeamy says:

    That sounds really interesting! I will have to look into it!

  11. Yeong says:

    What a timing! I just pulled out all of my didferent sight reading teaching books yesterday to see what I could do better for my students. I’d love to have this new resource, it’s be great! Anything by Paul Harris.
    Thank you Melanie for the opportunity.

  12. Veronica Patino says:

    Always looking for new material for my students. This looks promising. Thank you! Veronica Patino

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