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Perfect for the classroom setting, Christmas camp, music classroom, or a Christmas party you host completely separately from school, Christmas Charades and More is sure to please your friends, students, and family with hours of fun! This fun set of
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Bible Story Flip Books are perfect to use with your Pre-K, K, and First Graders during VBS, Sunday School, Bible time at school, Bible time at home, and more! They can even be used as a jumping-off point for a 5-day series of mini-lessons leading up
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Kids LOVE coloring sheets, so treat them to these delightful coloring pages featuring characters of a beloved Christmas song, The 12 Days of Christmas! These are no ordinary coloring pages. Students must test their musical knowledge as they color
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This rustic shiplap Christmas Recital Kit is the perfect way to save yourself some time and energy as you prepare for your studio recital (this kit can be used for any instrument), and give your studio recital a polished, professional, cohesive, and
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This game is included in the I Have…Who Has? Music Symbols Bundle {Includes 9 Games!}. Your favorite I Have, Who Has game, with symbols presented in a brand new order, now with a Christmas theme! Engage your students in the classroom or group
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During the Christmas season as well as the rest of the winter, your students will love reviewing major key signatures by playing this I Have, Who Has game! Review all of the major key signatures in a fun and hands-on way, increase your students’
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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
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Treat your students to a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this fun set of Christmas rhythm spinners! These Christmas Rhythm Spinners are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music
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During the Christmas season as well as the rest of the winter, your youngest students will love reviewing their hands and finger numbers by playing this I Have, Who Has game! Review all of the finger numbers in a fun and hands-on way, increase your
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These beautiful rustic music award certificates are the perfect way to recognize your middle school and high school music students for their hard work and dedication to music! The set includes awards for piano students, violin students, the music
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Need a cute topper for those yummy treats you're making for all your students this year? Please enjoy these Snowman Treat Bag Toppers - Merry Christmas! Visit this link for photos of the toppers in action! :) Click here for more treat bag
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Need a cute topper for those yummy treats you're making for all your students this year? Please enjoy these Santa Puppy Treat Bag Toppers - Merry Christmas! Visit this link for photos of the toppers in action! :) Click here for more treat bag
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Need a cute topper for those yummy treats you're making for all your students this year? Please enjoy these Christmas Lights Treat Bag Toppers - Merry Christmas! Visit this link for photos of the toppers in action! :) Click here for more treat
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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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