The Faces of Melody's - the publishing part

The Faces of Melody’s – The Publishing Part

We represent about 80 composers and arrangers. I’m not really sure how that happened. I believe because John is so stalwart about the business, people like Ray Pool, Kathryn Cater, Pamela Bruner, Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher and more have trusted us to print their music and make sure it is always available to anyone who wishes to purchase it.  AP (Afghan Press) music is available from a list of stores that can be found on our publishing website:

Our publishing company and our business are named after  Afghan Hounds that first graced our lives: Mastafha and Melody.  After they passed we joined a club and were on the rescue team. John got called out to a particularly bad situation which is how we adopted Augusta (bottom right of the dog pictures). After Afghan Hounds we adopted a Golden Retriever who contracted erlichiosis and had heart disease. He died too young and we were devastated. To make up for that void, we adopted more and at one point we had 8 dogs. Since we have a big yard (they only went in the yard supervised by us), we felt it was OK. As we have gotten older, we find that we are unable to handle the “loss” of these beings, and therefore now we have one foster Golden and one cat. They are pictured at the very bottom of this page.

Melody as a puppy
Mary and Melody around 1988
Mastafha, John's first Afghan rescue
Melody and Moja
John with puppy Melody
Melody and Mastafha
Music Therapy - Mendelssohn (black dog), foster Ranger Roo Roo (dark red on left), Joey on right and Spirit/Sassy furthest from John.
John with Hank (floor), Andy (furthest away) and Flounder.
John with his adoring Augusta

That being said, the role John plays in the publishing portion of our business is that of printer, binder, order-taker, royalty tracker and packer. Oh – and printer repair guy. We have 2 old printers for the color covers and they have run out of warranty, so John is able to patch them when necessary. He also monitors the large Canon printer which we rent, and orders plastic spirals for binding.

Boxes of Spirals
Spirals and the special spiral clipper (left)
The East Wall of Afghan Press Music books
Barbara Semmann's music
Boxes of Darhon's Yankee Dixie Johnnie above more spirals
The South Wall contains mostly Meg Robinson's and Sharon Thormalen's music
The big Canon that we rent
Two old color printers for covers only
Two Rhino hole punchers. The one on the left is the newer of the two and can punch 20 pieces of paper or more. The one on the right is the first one we purchased, which lasted almost 20 years after many repairs by John. It is used exclusively now for spiraling. The roller pulls the spirals through the books. The spirals are then crimped with a special tool that looks like a regular pliers but absolutely is not.

When we receive an order (from a store) for music, it is packed the same day and shipped either same day or the next day. An exception might be when Jeannette in The Netherlands places an order, usually it is about 40 pounds and has to be pulled and checked very carefully. Jeannette’s website is here:

Mary built both and  Some of you may recall that both sites were hacked early 2020 and needed to be completely rebuilt from scratch.  She also puts up new titles and makes sure they are on Sheet Music Plus, Harp Column Music, and the Melody website (, and keeps stores apprised of new publications. Other duties: editing in Finale or Personal Composer, typesetting, proofing, creating covers, making the paper versions into digital versions. Sometimes dealing with copyright issues. Currently in the queue is an ensemble book by Mary Muckle. We are working through the final corrections. Astrid Walschot-Stapp is coming out with compositions for both pedal and lever harp. We are awaiting a cover for her latest effort. We just finished Megan Metheney’s Elles. Making 11×17 inserts is really a challenge, especially for a dyslexic person. Spiral books are much easier. Social media is also on Mary’s list, but it’s not a favorite.

Mary recently gave a workshop at Somerset about publishing. You are welcome to the handout –  Somerset Workshop Publication Radspinner June 22.

We also have a very old wordpress publishing blog that you are welcome to look at. Basically the handout above contains the information that is in the blog, but it is updated.

Below is a listing of Afghan Press Music for the Harp Artists and the number of publications they have entrusted us with.

Anderson, Jeanie (8 Products)
Avesian, Holly (11 Products)
Baxter, Becky (3 PRODUCTS)
Berman-Harris, Ruth (6 PRODUCTS)
Biery, Marilyn (1 PRODUCT)
Blevins, Cindy (1 PRODUCT)
Bruner, Pamela (7 PRODUCTS)
Buchanan, Laurie (1 PRODUCT)
Buehler, Jennifer (1 PRODUCT)
Callison, Hugh (6 PRODUCTS)
Castiglioni, Evelyn Tiffany (17 PRODUCTS)
Cater, Kathryn (21 PRODUCTS)
Collins, Lui (1 PRODUCT)
Debrita, Linda (4 PRODUCTS)
Dobyns, Whitney (Cairns) (1 PRODUCT)
Dorian, Pamela (2 PRODUCTS)
Drake, Charlene (1 PRODUCT)
Fickle, Robin Arioto (5 PRODUCTS) Paper Version Only
Govenor, Deborah (3 PRODUCTS)
Griffith, Amy (1 PRODUCT)
Guy, Stanley (2 PRODUCTS)
Hamilton, Rita (2 PRODUCTS)
Harmon, Danielle (6 PRODUCTS)
Hill, Steve (3 PRODUCTS)
Hines, John (1 PRODUCT)
Honey, Therese (3 PRODUCTS)
Hurrell, Nancy (7 PRODUCTS)
Jaeger, Patricia (1 PRODUCT)
Jenkins, Anna Thormahlen (6 PRODUCTS)
Jennings, Jan (1 PRODUCT)
Johnson, Julianne (1 PRODUCT)
Kolle, Beth (8 PRODUCTS)
Koskelin, Susan (1 PRODUCT)
Landy, Mitch (62 PRODUCTS)
Larkin, Linda (4 PRODUCTS)
Lloyd, Mary (Richards) (8 PRODUCTS)
Lunsford, Reba (9 PRODUCTS)
Mahan, William (21 PRODUCTS)
McGaughey, Fran (1 PRODUCT)
Meis, Joanne (2 PRODUCTS)
Metheney, Megan (2 PRODUCTS)
Moring, Delores (1 PRODUCT)
Muckle, Mary (5 PRODUCTS)
Myrow, Beverly (6 PRODUCTS)
Nelson, Ken (2 PRODUCTS)
Ohms, Pam (7 PRODUCTS)
Owens, Dewey (3 PRODUCTS)
Peekstok, John (1 PRODUCT)
Perreten, Sally (3 PRODUCTS)
Perry, I. Mac (1 PRODUCT)
Pershan, Claire (2 PRODUCTS)
Pinet, Michele (1 PRODUCT)
Pinkston, Daniel (2 PRODUCTS)
Pinto, Francis (1 PRODUCT)
Pool, Ray (20 PRODUCTS)
Poppe, Phyllis (1 PRODUCT)
Radspinner, Mary (12 PRODUCTS)
Rees-Rohrbacher, Darhon (38 PRODUCTS)
Rice, Joyce (16 PRODUCTS)
Richards, Sue (4 PRODUCTS)
Riley, Laurie (7 PRODUCTS)
Robertson, Kim (2 PRODUCTS)
Robinson, Meg (28 PRODUCTS)
Rushton, Patricia (3 PRODUCTS)
Schafer, Andrea (1 PRODUCT)
Semmann, Barbara (17 PRODUCTS)
Simpson, Alaine (1 PRODUCT)
Staneslow, Sunita (8 PRODUCTS)
Stevens, Lucy (1 PRODUCT)
Stork, Diana (3 PRODUCTS)
Sullivan, David (1 PRODUCT)
Tait, Carolyn (2 PRODUCTS)
Tepper, Ellen (7 PRODUCTS)
Thormahlen, Sharon (20 PRODUCTS)
Trotter, Louise (40 PRODUCTS)
Vidrine, Bette (1 PRODUCT)
Walschot-Stapp, Astrid (2 PRODUCTS)
Weaver, Joyce (14 PRODUCTS)
Wentz, Paula (1 PRODUCT)
Williams, David (1 PRODUCT)
Williams, James (1 PRODUCT)
Wood, Carol (17 PRODUCTS)
Wright, Barbara (2 PRODUCTS) 

Our Current Family Members

Suki, rescued from a cat shelter. She is unfortunately declawed front and back. Then her teeth were removed because of a severe case of stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth caused by autoimmune allergic reaction to her own teeth tartar.)
Kennedy, permanent foster from Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue. Age almost 12 and on a diet which is helping his mobility greatly. Green beans, pumpkin or butternut squash are his filler foods. He is particularly fond of baked butternut squash.

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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