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Five tips for keeping in time at the piano

It may seem counter-intuitive, but spending structured practice time away from the instrument can reap rewards for pianists, improving memory and visualisation skills

Practising the piano – without the piano

It may seem counter-intuitive, but spending structured practice time away from the instrument can reap rewards for pianists, impriving memory and visualisation skills. Melanie Spanswick – pianist, writer, teacher, adjudicator and composer –…

Listening and focussing at the piano

Don't play with closed ears – keep focussed. Melanie Spanswick – pianist, writer, teacher, adjudicator and composer – offers advice for efficient and effective practice.

8 daily practice reminders for 2020

It's time to think about New Year Resolutions. Melanie Spanswick – pianist, writer, teacher, adjudicator and composer – lists her top tips for effective piano practice. 

Scales and arpeggios – love them or hate them?

Why not enjoy your practising your scales and arpeggios? Melanie Spanswick – pianist, writer, teacher, adjudicator and composer – explains the many benefits of getting to grips with these examination essentials. 

New guide to mental health published by Musicians’ Union

The Musicians' Union (MU) has published The Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry, which looks at common challenges facing freelance musicians, outlines strategies for meeting them and explains how to access…

Tips for healthy piano playing

Melanie Spanswick – pianist, writer, teacher, adjudicator and composer – offers MUSIC:ED readers guidance on practising the piano.

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