Weekend Competition: The Intermediate Pianist

Today’s weekend competition focuses on a new three-book piano course published by Faber Music. The Intermediate Pianist is intended for students and piano teachers tutoring students, from approximately Grades 3 – 5 level. Written by Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond, the course is designed to help students (and teachers) negotiate the intermediate stages of learning, where pupils are often prone to quitting. With this in mind, the books are progressive and roughly graded (Book 1 is equivalent to Grade 3 (ABRSM level), Book 2, Grade 4, and Book 3, to that of Grade 5).

Arranged in chapters, each volume features a collection of attractive pieces, both original (many by composer Heather Hammond) and arrangements, and provides a curriculum for teachers to work through with quick-learn studies, musicianship activities, sight-reading exercises and much theoretical information, helpful for those at this crucial stage.

I have three books to give away to three lucky readers, so please leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this blog post and I will announce the winners on Monday 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.

42 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Ledwidge says:

    Very interesting. These will be a good addition for my students.

  2. Anneke says:

    This is very exciting! New material to encourage students to carry on with their piano. Fabre publications are excellent resources. I can’t wait to see the books and use it ! 🎶🎶🎶

  3. Anneke says:

    This is very exciting! New material to encourage students to carry on with their piano. Fabre publications are excellent resources. I can’t wait to see the books and use it ! 🎶🎶🎶

  4. Liz Gethings says:

    I absolutely love Heather Hammonds work (sorry Karen, I’ve not had so much of your books – nothing personal lol just not had them yet) and am currently working through “Cool Piano for Dudes” with my struggling Grade 3 15yo! He passed Grade 3 with a merit however his reading skills are still quite poor and he’s desp to do Grade 5 too? Hard to find the right repertoire for 15yo boy too I find, so these books sounds perfect 🙂

  5. I would absolutely love to have Heather Hammond’s books.I think her great selection of repertoire makes the practise so desirable for the student plus there is a lot of great technique advice.I would benefit so much from them!

  6. Katrina fox says:

    Great to have a single volume with theory, exercise and pieces altogether at this level

  7. Ann Colemanas well as the above says:

    Having read a glowing review from Andrew Eales about these books, as well as Melanie’s informative outline,I would love to own them.The content seems so comprehensive that they definitely qualify as stand alone resources, with very attractive repertoire.

  8. Ada Kan says:

    I have heard so much great things about these books.would love to have these for my pupils !


  9. Steve Hayes says:

    I am an adult student. I have been having lessons for 2 years and have achieved intermediate level. I think these books would be a great tool to aid in my self development, working alongside the teachings from my lessons. I think it will add another dimension which will help to keep me motivated.

  10. Lynne Hall says:

    I like having everything together in one book. Fewer things to have to remember to bring to a lesson. I think students will enjoy playing these.

  11. Kath Hoblyn says:

    I have pupils who will love these books….

  12. Jacki Stephenson says:

    Just exactly what I’ve been looking for – really exciting to have everything in one place – will be sure to buy these if I don’t win – think my intermediate pupils are going to love them – and greatly benefit from them!

  13. Rachael Pickering says:

    Ooh these look so interesting. Definitely would be a valuable addition to teaching materials 🙂

  14. Matthew Ellson says:

    These will be a great teaching aid.

  15. Samantha says:

    I think these books are a great idea as pupils often struggle between grades 3-5 and these books offer an alternative approach with the some nice material for students to do in between and sling side exam material.

    1. Samantha says:

      Should say along side exam material.

  16. Rebekah Hanna says:

    I currently use Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond’s Get Set Piano method with my younger students and love it! So exciting to have their books for intermediate students too! 😀

  17. SUSAN McCABE says:

    Thanks Melanie. Sounds like just what I need to help my sight reading. I am a mature student – hoping to take my grade 8 next spring.

  18. Lynette McMechan says:

    Wow! This looks so interesting for my students!

  19. Pam says:

    I think these books will fill a gap in the market and I like the idea of everything being in one book. I have already purchased book 2 for one of my teenage students and would love to own the other 2 books.

  20. helenvicjo says:

    Thanks, Melanie. These books seem to offer a fresh and original approach. Many of my adult students would find them especially helpful, I think, as would some late-starting teenagers.

  21. Ceinwen Piano4Solihull says:

    Most of my pupils are adults 🎹🎼😬 (70%).
    I also have a book addiction and have over 300 piano books 🙄

  22. Deborah Freeman says:

    Anxious to preview these – Thanks, Melanie!

  23. Cecilia says:

    I like that these books are aimed at Intermediate pianists as sometimes it can be hard to find appropriate pieces for students of this level to play. I also love that this book covers repertoire, concepts and skills all in one.

  24. Amy says:

    I hope to win. Thanks!

  25. Lavinia Livingston says:

    Having so many graded element in one book is a tremendous source for teachers. I look forward to examining this series.

  26. Rebecca says:

    I would love to take a look at this new series!

  27. Sonja says:

    These books look wonderful! Would love to get my hands on them for my students 🙂

  28. Susanne Jones says:

    These look great! I have a few students in mind for them! 🎶🎶

  29. Couldn’t agree more about teens being highly in danger of quitting piano. Anxious to review these books!

  30. Susan Mattson says:

    I’m intrigued. I am always looking for new material for my students and these look like they would fit the bill really well. Thank you for sharing about them.

  31. Ana Beatriz Marcondes Marra says:

    Very interesting!
    I would love to get this new material for my students!

  32. Alyssa Holtom says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! My dream has come true! I’m a new teacher and intermediate students scare me… I have 2 that are almost there now and I’ve been scrambling around the music store looking for ideas. This will be so helpful for me as a teacher and it sounds like it has a lot of great material for helping students become well-rounded. So excited!

  33. Elaine Bell says:

    I am very interested in taking a look at these books after successfully using the Get Set books with my pupils.

  34. Jo snowden says:

    I would love this set! I keep reading about them everywhere and I’m sure they will be very popular


  35. Christie says:

    I hope I’m not too late…this looks Wonderful! I can think of several students I’d like to use these books with.

  36. Jake says:

    Would love to use to start off teaching with some well done and comprehensive books.

  37. Many thanks to all who took part in this competition, which is now closed 🙂

  38. Thanks for sharing.. I think these books are a great and help students how are very interested in piano, they learn a lot more of technique that they can apply to their piano journey..!

  39. Ana Beatriz Marcondes Marra says:

    I would love this books!!

    1. Anneke Van Loggerenberg says:

      What a excellent idea! I would love to inspire my students with these 3 new publications. Can’t wait to see them.

      1. Hello Anneke, sorry, but this competition finished a long time ago!

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