Weekend Competition! Mindfulness in Music: Notes on Finding Life’s Rhythm

It’s time for a weekend competition. This one features Mark Tanner’s new book, Mindfulness in Music: Notes on Finding Life’s Rhythm (pictured to the left). If you’ve been reading this blog over the past week, you’ll have read Mark’s own post about this publication, which provides a useful background (to read it, click here).

Published by Leaping Hare Press, this volume will be of interest to anyone who feels the need to reflect on the inner rhythms of their life, and perhaps find a different approach to hearing and  digesting music. Chapters focus on the following subjects; Music as Meditation, The Rhythm of Life, Sound & Sensuality, The Language of Music, Parallel Universes, and the The Art of Possibility.

Beautifully presented, the book contains interesting quotes from various artists, writers, philosophers, and musicians, and  I particularly like the suggested mindfulness exercises which are peppered throughout. These offer food for thought, and allow our minds to put Mark’s many theories and ideas into practice. A thought-provoking read!

I have two copies to giveaway this weekend, so, as always, please leave your comment 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.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. lynnkie says:

    This sounds like very relevant topic to me….I’d love to read this!

  2. Ann Coleman says:

    I think I need this badly!!

  3. Clare Spencer says:

    I would love to read this book and develop my engagement with the piano.

  4. Sarah Martin says:

    I’m halfway through The Mindful Pianist and really enjoying putting some of his ideas into my practice sessions so I would love to be able to follow it up with this book.

  5. Matthew Ellson says:

    This seems like essential reading for my own personal development.

  6. This of particular interest to adult piano students, because the greatest obstacle to progress for us is all the distractions of adult life.

  7. Nancy Reese says:

    One of favorite books (not written for, but useful for pianists) is Zen in the Art of Archery. Mindfulness in Music would be a wonderful companion.

  8. Pamela Denison says:

    I would love to read this book.

  9. Eniko says:

    I’d love to read this book!

  10. dennisdooley says:

    Hi Melanie, this sounds like a most enjoyable book to read. Just the thing to read on the patio over the course of the summer. My piano teacher and I have had several conversations about the effects of music being omnipresent in our busy lives, and how we forget about its creators who put in a lot of years of studyng and many long hours to produce this music. We also talk a lot about how music seems to have become a free commodity. Sure would like to read this book.

  11. musicatmonkton says:

    I suspect that one of the reasons I enjoy practising so much is that it allows me to press hold on the immediate pressures of life, and to focus instead on something deeply compelling and personal. This is something which I do my best to pass on to my students as well. Fascinated to see what Mark has to say on the subject.

  12. Cecilia says:

    I would love a copy of this book to gain more understanding of how music can bring light and inner peace in this vibrational universe.

  13. Carol says:

    Thank you! I am also a public school music teacher and find publications like this give me a different perspective on teaching rhythm. Carol

  14. Working with people with Bipolar disorder and ADHD, I can see this book would help me provide a new approach to teaching and learning for them.

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

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