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Need a quick way to assess your students' understanding or memory of musical instruments? These 20 Quick Quizzes are just the thing you've been looking for! This item is included in the MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS BUNDLE! Perfect to use as a quick quiz,
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These vibrant PDF owl-themed sheets take musical math to a whole new level! Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and fill-in-the-blank-with-a-number-or-note sheets are sure to make a "positive" impact on your students, "subtract" their doubt about
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Bach to the Basics gives students a fun way to review elementary-level music symbols. Bach to the Basics contains 3 separate worksheets in full color, plus the same 3 worksheets with the colorful background removed, and an additional simple set
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Need a quick way to assess your students' understanding or memory of treble and bass clef notes? These 20 Treble & Bass Clef Quick Quizzes for Elementary Music Students are just the thing you've been looking for! Perfect to use as a quick
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Ahoy, Matey! Give your students a fun way to review the notes of the treble staff with these adorable pirate-themed worksheets. Two sets of the worksheets are included: a full-color set perfect for using with iPad or projecting, and a black and
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Treat your students to a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this fun set of winter rhythm spinners! These Winter Rhythm Spinners are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music centers,
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Need a quick way to assess your students' understanding or memory of music symbols, notes, and rhythms? These 20 Valentine's Day Themed Quick Quizzes for Elementary Music Students are just the thing you've been looking for! Perfect to use as a
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Updated and expanded 7/20/16! It’s Sharp Week! Give your students a fun way to review sharps with this set of PDF shark-themed worksheets. The set contains 8 worksheets with a colorful background plus the same 8 ink-friendly worksheets without the
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Treat your students to a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this fun set of spider rhythm spinners! These Spider Rhythm Spinners are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music centers,
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Ahoy, Matey! Give your students a fun way to review the notes of the bass staff with these adorable pirate-themed worksheets. Two sets of the worksheets are included: a full-color set perfect for using with iPad or projecting, and a black and
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Treat your students to a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this fun set of spring rhythm spinners! Same great rhythms as my other rhythm spinner sets, with a brand new theme! These Springtime Rhythm Spinners are perfect for
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Ahoy, Matey! Give your students a fun way to review Landmark Notes (Bass F, Middle C, and Treble G) with these adorable pirate-themed worksheets. **This product is included in the Beginning Piano MEGA BUNDLE for Elementary Students, Groups, Camps,
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Treat your students to a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this fun set of Valentine's Day rhythm spinners! These Valentine Rhythm Spinners are perfect for individual or group use. Great for the private lesson setting, music
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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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Need a quick way to assess your students' understanding or memory of music symbols, notes, and rhythms? These 20 Easter Quick Quizzes for Elementary Music Students are just the thing you've been looking for! Perfect to use as a quick quiz,
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If your students enjoyed the original Bach to the Basics, they'll love this Halloween version! Same great worksheets, brand new Halloween theme. Halloween Bach to the Basics gives students a fun way to review elementary-level music symbols. This
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It’s Spooky Sharp Week! Give your students a fun way to review sharps with this set of PDF Halloween-themed worksheets. The set contains 6 worksheets in vibrant color, plus the same 6 ink-friendly black and white worksheets. These sheets can be
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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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