Author of Play it again: PIANO

Hosted by Forsyth

Saturday 26 January 2019
2pm – 4.30pm

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Perfect for teachers, parents & students at any level
(except complete beginners)

Limited places – book yours now!
0161 834 3281, ext. 204

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This workshop will focus on various aspects of technique as highlighted in Melanie's piano course, Play it again: PIANO. Many facets of these very useful books will be discussed, including the graded, progressive repertoire, the practice notes (which accompany every piece), and the suggested piano techniques featured at the beginning of each volume.


Melanie will demonstrate the importance of physical flexibility and relaxation, with plenty of exercises, and she will offer tips about how to implement these exercises into a practice routine. She believes that developing a fluent, tension-free technique is crucial when playing the piano. Scales, arpeggios and other technical work will also be included. There will be an opportunity to try these exercises for yourself, as audience participation is encouraged.

Play it again: PIANO is a two-book graded piano course taking students from Grade 1 to 8 via a selection of 49 piano pieces. It's the ideal course for anyone returning to the piano after a break or for those wanting alternative repertoire between exams. Book 3 (Grade 8 to DipABRSM level) will be available in January 2019.

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Meet the presenter...

Melanie Spanswick is a British pianist, composer, author, writer, teacher, adjudicator, and arranger. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London where she won many prizes and graduated with a Master's degree in Performance Studies.

As an educator, Melanie has examined for the ABRSM and she adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals, frequently giving masterclasses, workshops and presentations throughout the UK and abroad, most recently in Germany, the USA and the Far East. She regularly tutors courses at Jackdaws Music Education Trust and Finchcocks Piano Courses, she also presents workshops for EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association), and is faculty member of the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy, held at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and PIANO WEEK.

As a pianist, Melanie has performed and broadcast worldwide, giving recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at many music festivals and major concert halls. She has made a solo recording at Wigmore Hall (for Opera Omnia), has performed for the Queen Mother and Queen of Denmark, and has also broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio and Swedish and Spanish TV.

As a writer and composer, she is published by major publishing houses: Schott, Faber and Alfred. Melanie recently selected the repertoire for the Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber Music) and her piano guidebook, So You Want To Play The Piano? (Alfred Music) has received much acclaim. Her piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott Music), published in 2017, has been an international success, and subsequent publications as part of this series will be released during 2019. Melanie has made several extensive workshop book tours to Southeast Asia, most recently to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong, and she presented at the 2017 UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Melanie is a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional (EPTA), and her compositions have been featured on various piano syllabuses and in publications around the world.