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By Melody Payne
This fun and engaging composition activity was inspired by one of my favorite campfire treats: S'mores! The pages can be used as slides, on iPad or other tablet, printed, and more. Step by step instructions lead students to compose their very own
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Other (Music)
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.00
53 ratings
4.0
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By Melody Payne
This fun and engaging composition activity was inspired by one of my favorite campfire treats: S'mores! This Valentine version contains the same activities and materials as the original S'mores Composing packet, but with an adorable Valentine theme.
Subjects:
Music, Other (Music), Valentine's Day
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.00
21 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (37.92 MB)
By Melody Payne
Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this set of winter rhythm spinners!These Winter Rhythm Spinners are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music centers, music camps,
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
$2.00
22 ratings
4.0
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By Melody Payne
I created these cards with the Pre-K student in mind, but they're perfect for beginners in kindergarten and first grade as well. The possibilities for using these rhythm cards are endless! They work well in either the private lesson or
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Other (Music)
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Games
$3.25
10 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (17.20 MB)
By Melody Payne
Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms at Halloween or any time of year with this set of spider rhythm spinners!They are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music centers,
Subjects:
Music, Other (Music), Halloween
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
$2.00
48 ratings
4.0
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By Melody Payne
Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms during the spring, summer, or any time of year with this set of springtime rhythm spinners!They are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting,
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Spring
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
$2.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By Melody Payne
This fun and engaging composition activity was inspired by a fun holiday: St. Patrick's Day! The pages can be used as slides, on iPad or other tablet, printed, and more. Step by step instructions lead students to compose their very own song over a
Subjects:
Music, St. Patrick's Day, Spring
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.00
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (47.08 MB)
By Melody Payne
**This item is part of the Composition Bundle! This fun and engaging composition activity was inspired by one of my favorite holidays: Easter! Step by step instructions lead students to compose their very own song over a period of days or weeks
Subjects:
Music, Easter, Spring
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.00
12 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (12.20 MB)
By Melody Payne
Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this set of Christmas-themed rhythm spinners!These spinners are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music centers, music camps, and
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
$2.00
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (19.60 MB)
By Melody Payne
This fun and engaging composition activity was inspired by one of my favorite holidays: Halloween! The pages can be used as slides, on iPad or other tablet, printed, and more. Step by step instructions lead students to compose their very own song
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Other (Music)
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.00
10 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (15.02 MB)
By Melody Payne
Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this set of Valentine's Day themed rhythm spinners!They are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music centers, music camps, and
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
$2.00
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (44.62 MB)
By Melody Payne
This Christmas staff paper pack is perfect for composition projects, dictation, notation, writing music symbols, and much more! Your elementary music students will love notating their compositions and other projects onto this fun and merry staff
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.50
6 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (14.44 MB)
By Melody Payne
These 11 fun and engaging Halloween activities are perfect for early finishers, the sub tub, centers, homework, quizzes, and much more! Save over 25% off individual prices by purchasing this bundle. That's like getting 2 items for FREE!
Subjects:
Music, Other (Music), Halloween
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$30.00
$20.00
1 rating
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By Melody Payne
Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this fun set of llama rhythm spinners! Your students will LLOVE them!They are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music centers,
Subjects:
Music, Music Composition, Other (Music)
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
$3.50
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

There is music in every child, and it is my absolute pleasure to help each child I teach fall in love with music! I have a PhD in music with emphases in music education and piano pedagogy, and it is such a joy to create educational resources for music teachers and students! I've been teaching private piano lessons since 1990, blogging since March 2012, and creating digital resources since May 2013. Besides teaching piano lessons and creating resources for music teachers and students, I accompany choirs at our local high school and middle school, and play piano and keyboard at my church. In short, I love being a musician!

MY TEACHING STYLE

As a teacher, I consider my style to be encouraging, patient, and kind, I meet students where they are and provide them with relevant tools and information to help them reach their potential. I ask lots of questions and expect only the best from my students. They are awesome!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Mississippi College awarded me with the Distinguished Young Faculty award in 2009 for excellence in teaching, and for opening, directing, and growing their new music preparatory department. In 2007, I became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano through the Music Teachers National Association, and in 2017 I became permanently professionally certified. My work has been featured on a few different sites, and it has been an honor to collaborate with many amazing musicians over the past several years. “The Top Influential Piano Blogs You Should Be Reading” at Digital Piano Review Guide “7 Piano Experts Share Their Business Growing Tips” at Tim Topham “TTTV 052: Teaching Skype Lessons with Melody Payne” Podcast Interview at Tim Topham “Problem solved! Seeking solutions online. Part 1: Blogs” by Karen Thickstun, Cara Haxo, Abigail Huston, and Joanna Reinhardt in Clavier Companion Magazine, July/August 2015. My original Plucky Pianista blog was listed as number 3 of 20 music teaching blogs that resonated with college piano pedagogy majors, according to their evaluation rubric. “Choosing a Life in Music” at Musical-U.com (scroll down to the last section of the post)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

My degrees include a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music with emphases in music education and piano pedagogy from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Virginia Music Teachers Association.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a classically trained pianist and I enjoy teaching custom piano lessons to children and adults of all ages and abilities. I have taught at Louisiana State University (while in graduate school), Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, and Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. I enjoy blogging at my website at MelodyPayne.com and operating my online business on TpT. My incredible and supportive husband Greg and I live in a small town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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