The Maze of Methods Unpacked

I’m in the Far East at the moment on my second visit this year. I was invited by the I-MEC and CYM in Jakarta (Indonesia) to be the 2019 ‘Grand Mentor’, which involved giving a week of workshops and masterclasses for piano teachers and their students. I’ve also been giving classes in Johor Bahru (at the Forte Academy) and in Singapore, for Cristofori at Bechstein Music World.  This aspect of my work is not only really enjoyable, but it’s a privilege to be in the position to help students and teachers, and work with them on different aspects of their piano playing.

On my return I’m looking forward to being a part of an exciting event to be held at the Schott Music Store in Great Marlborough Street, London.

On November 10th 2019 EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) are hosting a day at the Schott shop, the basement of which houses a small performance space, which will be perfect for this gathering. Intended for EPTA members, it’s free to attend and is designed to introduce piano teachers to a variety of piano method books.

Hosted by writer, teacher and blogger Andrew Eales, the day highlights some of the favourite methods published by the world’s major publishers. Starting at 11.00am, Andrew opens this event, and then I will be speaking about Play it again: PIANO (Schott); you’ll know by now that this is a course for anyone returning to the piano after a break (particularly adult returners).

Author Sharon Goodey will talk about her beginner’s method Playing with Colour (Alfred), and this is followed by a further beginner’s method presentation, the popular series Dogs and Birds, written by Chris and Elza Lusher. Distributed by Alfred, this presentation, will also feature demonstrations by a four year old student, Ling.

After a short break Faber Music’s marketing manager Rachel Topham will offer Information about two publications: Pam Wedgwood’s Piano Basics and Lang Lang’s Piano Method.

Lunchtime will provide ample opportunity to browse the shop, purchase books, and chat to the authors and presenters. And after lunch Alan and Jan Bullard will speak about the PianoWorks series by Pauline Hall (OUP). The final presentation will focus on three methods: John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Method, Faber Piano Adventures, and Rockshool’s new piano methods books, which will be presented by Thomas Lydon and Ollie Winston.

The afternoon will conclude at 3.30pm with an open discussion, chaired by Andrew, with all presenters and the audience.


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.

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