Today is my birthday, and I want to offer a birthday gift as part of my celebrations, which are certainly low-key this year, as might be expected!
For those who teach the piano, or are just learning to play, I hope this free download will provide useful repertoire material. I wrote An Angel’s Footsteps a few years ago and have since tinkered with it on several occasions. This piece is around Grade 2 standard, or elementary level, and was inspired by a comment from a colleague about the need for imaginative piano pieces for the early learning stages.
I really enjoy writing music for students, and loved creating the pre-Grade 1 syllabus for the London College of Music Examination Board, which will be published within the next few months. It’s quite a challenge to write for beginners, and the LCM offers three syllabi for these students; Pre-Prep, Step 1 and Step 2. Containing original works and arrangements by myself, the new syllabus also features original compositions written by a selection of renowned educational piano composers, many of whom have composed pieces especially. I’ll write more about it in due course.
I’ve recently written a new repertoire series which is also intended for virtual beginners; I’m very excited about its release, which will mark my ‘debut’ as a writer/composer in the US. And, whilst on the subject of new books, keep an eye out for my new graded three-book anthology to be released in the Autumn, which will be published by Schott Music.
Please feel free to download the score by clicking on the link below – and share it with your friends, colleagues and students. I hope the attached sound file is helpful, too!
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.