Writing

WRITING

Melanie regularly writes articles for newspapers, magazines and piano publications, and has also written for various online websites and blogs including; The Stage, Pianist, Piano Professional, Piano Journal, Music Teacher Magazine, International Piano Magazine, Clavier Companion, Sinfini Music, Rhinegold Publications, Faber Music Magazine, London College of Music Examinations publications, Music Ed: UK website, Tom Lee Academy website, and the Daily Telegraph.

Melanie’s work has been highlighted by piano teacher associations around the world, particularly in Australia; the West Australia Music Teacher’s Association, and the Music Teaching Association of Queensland, have featured articles in their respective journals. She has written a feature technique article for European Piano Teachers Association’s (EPTA) flagship UK publication, Piano Professional, having penned 20 articles over a period of seven years. Since 2013, she has been a regular columnist for Pianist Magazine, writing a ‘How-to-Play’ piece inside every issue, contributing over 50 articles, and she also writes for their online content, too. Most recently, Melanie has written a composition column for Music Teacher Magazine.

Co-written series include the ABRSM Piano Notes series (published by Rhinegold) as well as the performance notes for the London College of Music examination syllabus (2018 – 2020), and for the current 2021 – 2024 syllabus.  Most recently, Melanie is a guest writer for the Music: Ed UK website, for whom she writes a monthly column, and she also writes a series of articles for the Tom Lee Academy website (based in Hong Kong).

Articles, interviews, and reviews

Women Composers: an interview with Melanie Spanswick: No Dead Guys Blog, March 2022

5 Tips To Develop The Fourth and Fifth Fingers: MUSIC:ED Website, December 2021

Lost in Thought: üben e musizieren (Schott Music), April 2021

In Praise of Slow Practice: MUSIC:ED Website, January 2021

Postcard from Jakarta: Music Teacher Magazine, January 2020

The Female Canon – Educational Piano Pieces by Female Composers: Music Teacher Magazine, November 2019

Tips for Healthy Piano Playing: MUSIC:ED Website, September 2019

The Pianist as Composer: An Interview with Melanie Spanswick: An interview about composing for the No Dead Guys Blog, March 2019

Focus on Piano: Exploring Bloodroot by Rachel Grimes from the Grade 7 piano syllabus. A feature article for the London College of Music Examinations Magazine, September 2018

Playing to Your Strengths: a guest post for Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog, May 2018

Composer’s Interview: Moving Classics TV, March 2018

5 Tips for Fingering: Pianist Magazine Newsletter; March 2018

Rediscovering the Piano Page 1 & Page 2: Pianist Magazine, Issue 96, June/July 2017

5 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Piano Performance: Pianist Magazine Newsletter, April 2016

Piano Fun and Mastery Interview: Easy Ear Training, February 2016

Nine Top Tips for Practising Octaves: Pianist Magazine Newsletter, December 2015.

A Helping Hand: Pianofforte Magazine (published by Faber Music), October 2015.

Teach Your Children Music with a Touch of Pianissimo: Daily Telegraph, May 2015

Classical Conversations Interview Feature: Slipped Disc Blog, January 2015.

Mastering the piano series by Lang Lang – review: Pianofforte Magazine (published by Faber Music), December 2014.

Interview: The Piano Bench Mag, December Edition 2014.


Article contributions

Belgrade is One of My Sweet Homes in Diplomacy & Commerce Austria Magazine, and written by Aisa Ijiri, March 2020.

Faber Music Piano Anthology Article in Pianofforte Magazine (published by Faber Music) and written by Rachel Topham; November 2016.

Memories of Moscow 1 & Memories of Moscow 2: Piano Journal (EPTA‘s European magazine), written by Alicja Fiderkiewicz, edited by Melanie Spanswick, October 2016.


How-To-Play articles for Pianist Magazine

Etudes Enfantines Op. 37 No 10 by Henry Lemoine  (Issue 127, August/September 2022)

Sis Tempy’s Story from 10 Little Tunes for 10 Little Friends by George W Chadwick (Issue 126, June/July 2022)

Preparatory School For Piano Op. 101 No. 88 by Ferdinand Beyer (Issue 125, April/May 2022)

Diu Que Una Rosa… by Narcisa Freixas (Issue 124, February/March 2022)

Bébé S’Endort by Hedwige Chrétien (Issue 123, December/January 2021/2022)

Cantabile in B flat B84 by Frédéric Chopin (Issue 122, October/November 2021)

Regents Park (No. 6 from London Scenes) by Cuthbert Harris (Issue 121, August/September 2021)

Romance from Six Easy Pieces Op. 52 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (Issue 120, June/July 2021)

March of the Tin Soldiers Op. 130 No. 6 by Cornelius Gurlitt (Issue 119, April/May 2021)

Prelude in A major Op. 28 No. 7 by Frédéric Chopin (Issue 118, February/March 2021)

Vieux Noël in G minor by César Franck (Issue 117, December 2020/January 2021)

The Cricket and the Bumble Bee by George W Chadwick (Issue 116, October/November 2020)

24 Miniatures Op. 33 No. 7 by Samuel Maykapar (Issue 115, August/September 2020)

Studies for Children Op. 79 No. 4 by Hermann Berens (Issue 114, June/July 2020)

Study in F major Op. 176 No. 17 by Jean-Baptiste Duvernoy (Issue 113, April/May 2020)

Minuet in G WoO 10 No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven  (Issue 112, February/March 2020)

For Your Birthday by Albert Biehl (Issue 111, December/January 2019/20)

Mazuka in C by Maria Szymanowska (Issue 110, October/November 2019)

Allegro in B flat K3 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Issue 109, August/September 2019)

Fugue in C major P.144 by Johann Pachelbel (Issue 108, June/July 2019)

Les Coucous Bénévoles by François Couperin (Issue 107, April/May 2019)

No. 27 from the Easiest Exercises Op. 109 by Ernesto Köhler (Issue 106, February/March 2019)

Etude Op 97 1a by Anton Reicha (Issue 105, December/January 2018/9)

Etude No. 19 from L’alphabet Op. 17 by Félix Le Couppey (Issue 104, Ocotber/November 2018)

Petite Réunion Op 100 No 4 by Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (Issue 103, August/September 2018)

Melodious Studies Op 108 Nos 12 & 16 by Ludvig Schytte (Issue 102, June/July 2018)

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky arr. Melanie Spanswick (Issue 101, April/May 2018)

Prelude in C BWV 846 by Johann Sebastian Bach (Issue 100, February/March 2018)

Scherzo Op 55 No. 3 by Ignaz Moscheles (Issue 99, December/January 2017/18)

Etude Op 137 No. 5 by Henri Bertini (Issue 98, October/November 2017).

Scherzo from Sonatina Op. 151 No. 1 in G by Anton Diabelli (Issue 97, August/September 2017).

Intermezzo in G Op. 123 No. 2 by Cécile Chaminade (Issue 96, June/July 2017).

Distant Bells Op. 63 No. 6 by Louis Streabbog (Issue 95, April/May 2017).

Amazing Grace, Trad. arr Scaife (Issue 94, February/March 2017).

Sonatina in G Anh 5 No 1 (first movement) by Ludwig van Beethoven (Issue 93, December/January 2016/7).

Sonatina in C Op. 36 No. 1 (first movement) by Muzio Clementi  (Issue 92, October/November 2016).

Modern Minuet & Modern Waltz by Hans-Günter Heumann (Issue 91, August/September 2016).

Innocence from 25 Easy & Progressive Studies Op. 100 by Johann Burgmüller (Issue 90, June/July 2016).

Melodie Op. 68 No. 1 by Robert Schumann (Issue 89, April/May 2016).

Soldier’s March Op. 47 No. 14 by Robert Fuchs (Issue 88, February/March 2016).

Little Flowers Op. 205 No. 4 by Cornelius Gurlitt (Issue 87, December/January 2015/16).

La Caroline by C P E Bach (Issue 86, October/November 2015).

Melodie No. 5 from Skizzen Op. 77 by Heinrich Hofmann (Issue 85, August/September 2015).

Minuet No 1 Op. 36 by Amy Beach (Issue 84, June/July 2015).

To Begin With No 1 from 24 Pieces for the Young by Peter Nicolai Von Wilm (Issue 83, April/May 2015).

Minuet in B minor from French Suite No. 3 BWV 814 by J S Bach (Issue 82 February/March 2015).

The Pipers by Charles Gounod (Issue 81, December 2014/January 2015).

The Doll’s Funeral by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Issue 80, October/November 2014).

Sonatina in G by Thomas Attwood (Issue 79, August/September 2014).

Minuet by Charles Villers Stanford (Issue 78, June/July 2014).

Pianist Magazine extra editions

Andantino in E Flat by Joseph Haydn: Great Piano Composers of the Classical Era (published by Pianist), June 2015.

Solfeggietto in C minor by C P E Bach: Great Piano Composers of the Classical Era (published by Pianist), June 2015.


Technique feature articles for Piano Professional Magazine (EPTA)

Thumbs (Issue 55, Spring 2021, pg. 24 – 25).

Developing the Fourth and Fifth Finger (Issue 54, Autumn 2020, pg. 34 – 35).

The Bridge Position (Issue 53, Spring 2020, pg 14 – 15).

Painless Piano Playing Part 3 (Issue 52, Winter 2019, pg. 22 – 24).

Painless Piano Playing Part 2 (Issue 51, Summer 2019, pg. 18 – 19).

Painless Piano Playing Part 1 (Issue 50, Spring 2019, pg. 24 – 25).

Fruitful Fingering Part 2 (Issue 49, Winter 2018, pg. 19 – 21).

Fruitful Fingering Part 1 (Issue 48, Autumn 2018, pg. 22 – 23).

The Sustaining Pedal (Issue 47, Summer 2018, pg. 20 – 21).

Hand Flexibility (Issue 46, Spring 2018, pg. 16 – 17).

Practising Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor by Fryderyk Chopin (Issue 44, Summer 2017, pg. 5 – 7).

Approaches to staccato playing (Issue 43; Spring 2017, Pg. 10 -12).

The Art of Polyphony (Issue 41; Summer 2016, pg. 14 -16).

Practising without the Piano (Issue 40; Spring 2016, pg. 16 -17).

Octaves (Issue 39; Autumn 2015, pg. 4 – 6).

Tone Production (Issue 37; Spring 2015, pg. 26 – 27).

Sight-reading: the most useful tool in the box (Issue 36; Autumn 2014, pg. 20 – 22).

Resolving Tension in Piano Playing (Issue 35; Summer 2014, pg. 8 -10).

Scaling Heights With Happiness (Issue 34; Spring 2014, pg. 14 -19).

The Memory Game (Issue 33; Autumn 2013, pg. 22 – 24).


‘Melanie brings a deep musical understanding to all her work, with loads of useful practice tips, book/product profiles, and guest authors.’

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