Melody’s | Information

About the owners and a little history at Melody’s Harp Store

1993 – opened in a small strip center unit
1995 – moved to another larger unit which John built out
1997 – moved to a large building on a busy street
2006 – downsized to our current location

Melody’s is owned and operated by Mary Radspinner and John Gill.  Mary (the website person) has a B.M. in music ed and applied harp from Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI.  She has held positions in various symphony orchestras, large and small, throughout the Midwest and Texas. She freelanced in the Houston area from 1983 – 1994.  She was director of music/organist at St. Therese Catholic church in Milwaukee where she also taught harp and piano for the Milwaukee Public Schools. She’s been the staff pianist for Waller (TX) ISD, and currently she teaches piano for Cy Fair Music and Arts in Cypress, TX.  She is also the founder of “Harp Teachers Gathering” – a community of and for harp teachers, and the Zoom Publishing Group. Mary is also a member of the Irish Fest (Milwaukee) Peace and Justice orchestra.

John Gill wears many hats. He is the store accountant and manages the Afghan Press royalties,  He has built and rebuilt the outside and inside of the various shop locations.  He does the printing of the Afghan Press publications and maintains all the publishing equipment. He answers the phone, ties string knots for customers who ask, and restrings harps. He is a certified Dusty Strings technician, and a superb woodworker.

HOURS: Phone Call Hotline: M-Sat 11-3. Your calls are welcome! 281-890-4500
Emails are checked early morning until late night. Messages are always answered.

Visit the shop by appointment only during the following times: (M – F) 10:30 – 4 (Sat) 10:30 – 2  Additional exceptions made for travelers, etc.
We became very used to “by appointment” during Covid. Now that things are lightening up a little, and also since Reba has retired, we take liberties with our arrival and departure times at the shop. Please do call or email to let us know when you’ll be stopping by.

John Gill at Melody's Harp Store in Texas
The esteemed dog at Melody's Harp Store in Texas

You may be interested in our “libraries” page where we feature the harp print music of authors with more than 20 titles. 
This page will continue to grow. | Libraries Page.
We also like to refer people to the Harp Spectrum website which contains a tremendous amount of information
and may answer a multitude of your general harp questions.

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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