Melody’s Publishing Blog was created to help those who are interested in publishing their own music. We invite experts in their field to converse with registrants during our Zoom meetings. We sent out announcements about 2 weeks prior to our events. 

October 13, 2021 – Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher of Dragonflower Music shares the process by which she prepares her publications, complete with beginning tasks up until the final proofreading, through post publication storage. is her website.   She has over 30 collections published and available world-wide. She has provided 4 handouts – click on them below.  Darhon welcomes your questions:

Handout _ Brief Copyright Summary for Sheet Music.doc

Handout _ The Process of Creating a Harp Arrangement.doc

Proofreaders Checklist Grid

Proofreaders Checklist

August 31, 2021 –  Copyright presentation given by Angi Bemiss with help from RoJean Loucks and Megan Dugec.

Update!! SMP Press is currently expanding to become part of ArrangeMe, which allows you to self-publish and sell your sheet music on Sheet Music Plus, as well as additional sites like Sheet Music Direct and Noteflight Marketplace, from one place. As part of this program expansion, we are no longer accepting new sign-ups for SMP Press.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit to sign up and start self-publishing today.

Copyright Zoom 2021-0831 Melody’s

Link to Unlisted YouTube (please do not share):

Chat document: We have lost the chat – if anyone has downloaded the chat (it would have been right after the event, and prior to the blog being moved over to this site) – if you have the chat, please let me know/send it to me.  Thanks!

Recording (no video): I have a recording but it is too large to upload to this site. If you want the recording, let me know and I’ll share it via dropbox. If you want the recording, Email me at

Ensembles for Publication (July 6, 2021) – Thank you to Mary Muckle, Anna Thormahlen Jenkins and Anna Dunwoodie for their fantastic contributions.

July 6 CHAT link – click on the button below. 

Regarding the question about publishing single pieces or a collection: I have found that with a collection of copyrighted music, the royalties to the copyright owner(s) may go up, depending on the total price of the book.  Also, if you have more than one copyright owner (ex: Hal Leonard and Alfred both), you may want to consider that for your collection, you will be making payments to 2 companies.

Regarding the conversation about playing violin parts (on the harp) in an ensemble.  In my experience this reflects that the conductor A – doesn’t have time to write a harp part or B – is not aware that the harp is more like a piano than a violin. Nancy Hurrell’s suggestion about playing a supportive harmony part is right on.  Also Anna J’s suggestion about doubling the melody is very good.  If the melody is all 16th notes and very fast, I would revert back to playing the supportive harmony part.

May 11, 2021 at 11am over Zoom, with Reba Lunsford on Proofreading. Thank you Reba!

Registrants: 72

Actual attendance: 28

Link to unpublished, edited replay

The Historical Harp Society Virtual Conference is August 2-5. I understand Bill Taylor is giving a talk on notation. I registered today. To attend you need only to make a donation (or not).

Downloadable Product Information

Here at Melody’s we offer a wide array of music books and accessories.  In the music book category, you may have a choice between PDFs (or MP3s) and paper books. If there is a choice, you are required to click either the paper version or PDF version before you can put an item into your cart. There should be no shipping charge for download music.  If there are physical products in your cart at the same time, your total will reflect shipping for those physical items.

Products that are download only will have a narrow blue banner toward the top of the description.   Products that are only available as physical/paper will not have a choice for you to make in order to add to your cart, nor will they have the narrow blue banner signifying download only.

After you check out, you are directed back to your receipt where you can download your music. Also, you will receive an email thanking you for your order with links that will take you to your downloads. Please add to your approved e-mail list. If you do not receive an e-mail within a few minutes after you place your order, check your spam folder.

If you created an account with us, you can also find your downloads by going to “My Account” and clicking on the “Downloads” link.  We highly recommend that you create an account so that you can refer to your order history whenever you want.

Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”. 

If you have a problem with your downloads, please contact us at  for assistance. Because our website contains so many titles, on occasion we have overlooked uploading a PDF here or there.  When you notify us of this, we make the correction immediately.  Please note that downloads are not “returnable.”


Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”.  If you can’t find your PDF, look in your “downloads” folder first.  The title of the PDF may not match the title of the book, so you may want to change the title to what you will remember. After you have located your download, please either remember that it is in your “downloads” folder, or better yet, move it to another folder on your computer with a name that you will remember.

Your respect of the copyright laws will help support the musicians and arrangers who created this music, and will encourage more harp music to be produced in the future. Please do not make multiple copies to pass on to others. You can help keep downloadable harp music viable and available by encouraging your students, friends, and relatives to purchase their own copies. Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.


On our website,, we offer a wide selection of paper and download music. We were always in a quandary about publications having several parts, or that include sound files. After realizing that we can place multiple files into one folder and “zip” it up, we are now able to offer book + cd options.

What we do: sound files and the PDF book are placed into a folder and zipped. The zipped folder is inserted into the product on the back end of the web site.

What you receive: after you purchase, you receive a zipped folder. This is a folder that literally has a picture of a zipper on it, indicating there is more than one document in the folder.

What you do with it: Generally by double clicking on the folder, it automatically opens up. The challenge lies in whether or not you have a program that unzips these folders. If you do, it is as simple as double clicking and the contents are revealed. Alternately, you can right click on the folder, which brings up choices, one of which is “open with” – you then click on your unzip program.

If you don’t have a program to unzip your files you’ll have a challenge! Recently I bought a small laptop for my zoom lessons. This laptop did not come with winzip, or any other kind of program that unzips these folders. The computer kept wanting me to purchase winzip for $29.  I found another program that does a great job, and it is free. 7-zip unzips all my compressed (zipped) folders! It is open source and you can find out more here:

We hope all this information is helpful to you.

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