Weekend Competition: Holistic Day for Pianists

Holistic Day for Pianists is an exciting all-day event for amateur pianists, music students, piano teachers and young musicians from the age of 13.  The day will take place at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London on Sunday 16th July from 10am – 5pm, and will be hosted by Russian-born pianist, teacher, composer and yoga expert (and founder of Piano-Yoga®), Genia Chudinovich (GéNIA) and myself.

I met GéNIA in 2012, and we immediately recognised our shared beliefs; helping piano students to realise their true potential by offering holistic technical and musical guidance, and thereby encouraging a different approach to piano playing. Subsequent workshops and projects have followed, and we are now really looking forward to presenting this holistic piano day which will explore several important elements; incorporating the physical flexibility and relaxation techniques employed in Piano-Yoga® with the mental mindfulness required in memorisation and sight-reading.

Leave a comment in the comment box at the end of the post for your chance to win a place at this event.


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.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. amypianist says:

    I think I’d learn a lot from this day! Especially piano yoga, it sounds very interesting. This would be a great opportunity!

  2. Michelle Williams says:

    Hi Melanie

    I just wanted to say that my daughter was taught by Genia for a couple of years before she was acceptEd into the the Primary Academy at RAM. I loved her and her approach. I really enjoy readying your articles and I would have loved for my daughter Safiya to attend this session that you are both hosting if we were not on holiday and if the age limit was not 13 and above. Safiya is 11 but would really benefit.

    I would love to see the two of you collaborating on master classes (or week long summer programs) for younger children or without age limit just those working on ARSMs or above. I would be very keen to attend.

    I hope the session is a success.

    Kind regards


  3. Michael Thompson says:

    Dear Melanie. Would you please consider giving this seminar in the Midlands area (Birmingham?)
    For me to reach London for registration time, I would need to catch a train from Birmingham to London on the previous evening thereby incurring extra expense for a hotel room. The first train on Sunday 16th is 08.30 arriving Euston at 10.27. I’m sure you could expect enough attendees to make it worthwhile. Thank you in advance. Michael D Thompson

    1. Hi Michael, We definitely would! We just need a suitable venue and a few willing participants 🙂

      1. Michael Thompson says:

        I can recommend the Octagon Theatre at Edgbaston High School for Girls.
        Plenty of free car parking, a short 6 min taxi ride from Birmingham New Street Station

  4. Sarah Martin says:

    I would love to have the opportunity to bring one of my teenage pupils to this as she is a promising Grade 8 student and applying to study music at university. It would be a fantastic opportunity for her to come along to this.

  5. Matthew Ellson says:

    This looks an amazing day and something that would benefit all pianists. Id bring my daughter along who has just passed her grade 8 piano exam. A great reward!!

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