Melody Payne

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Melody Payne
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Save 20% off individual prices by purchasing this bundle! These five fun and engaging composition activities were inspired by some of my favorite holidays and treats: Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Zombies, and S'mores! Step by step
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Review 42 musical symbols with this set of symbol flash cards, term flash cards, plus a matching game! Students will fill pots of gold with gold coins of music symbols and terms, they can play memory match with the cards, and there are even blank
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**This item is part of the Composition Bundle! 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
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This game is included in the I Have…Who Has? Music Symbols Bundle {Includes 9 Games!}. Engage your students in the classroom or group lesson with this musical symbols version of the popular “I Have…Who Has?” game. Review 46 musical symbols in a
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Includes ELEVEN games! Save BIG off the individual pricing by purchasing this bundled set! Engage your students in the classroom or group lesson with this musical symbols version of the popular “I Have…Who Has?” game. Review musical symbols,
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Help your students become Note Ninjas! This BUNDLE of St. Patrick's Day-themed sheets will lead your students through several note recognition and notation activities in a variety of levels including: locating specific notes on the staff,
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Your students will love this Shamrock Music Puzzles game during the spring season or any time of year! Eleven pages of 4 music symbols and terms are included, for a total of 44 colorful puzzle cards suitable for printing onto white card stock, and
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Shamrock Partner Picker cards will help your students choose partners for games and activities in group lessons, camps, and in the music classroom by allowing them to draw a card (half of a shamrock with a music symbol on it), then locate the
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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!


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!


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 (scroll down to the last section of the post)


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.


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 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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