Dr. Melody Hanberry Payne is a classically trained pianist and enjoys teaching piano lessons in her home studio to children of all ages and abilities. She also teaches piano classes for music majors at Emory & Henry College. Additionally, she writes blog posts geared towards piano teachers, and she enjoys spending time creating and selling educational materials in her online music resources store for music teachers and students around the world.
Melody is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music who began her full-time teaching career at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also taught at Louisiana State University, Sterling College, Mississippi College, and Emory and Henry College. In 2009, Mississippi College presented her with the Pittman Young Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and for leading and directing the Taylor School, the MC Department of Music’s musical outreach program for children and adults in the community. Additionally, Melody designed and administered the Piano Pedagogy Master’s Degree Program at Mississippi College.
Dr. Payne holds 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. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Virginia Music Teachers Association, and served as President of the Blue Ridge Music Teachers Association.
She has presented research on practicing, early- and intermediate-level pedagogical piano compositions, and piano performance accuracy at the National Conference of the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association State Conference. She has presented lecture recitals and workshops on beginning group keyboard experiences, intermediate piano literature, practicing, and technology in the piano studio at local and state levels.
Melody and her husband Greg live in Marion, Virginia, a small town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
“Getting Started with Online Lessons”
This webinar was presented to a select group of music teachers worldwide, live via online broadcast.
This webinar addresses the setup and implementation of online lessons, which will help you develop a contemporary and cutting-edge studio. In this session, you will learn about the equipment and tools you need to begin teaching online lessons. You will learn how to use these tools effectively to enhance your teaching, increase your income, and maximize your teaching efforts. If you want to be the most forward-thinking and trend-setting teacher on the block, if you would love to increase your client base, teaching hours, and income, and if you want to offer experiences to students around the world that they will remember for years to come, then online teaching might be just what you’ve been looking for! Join us as I answer your burning questions about online lessons, help you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to start teaching online lessons, and help you discover ways to expand your studio offerings, set your studio apart, and take your studio to the next level.
“Take Your Studio to the Next Level with Amazing Online Resources”
This workshop was presented for the Roanoke Valley Music Teachers Association.
This workshop explores a variety of online resources that will help you develop a contemporary and cutting-edge studio. In this session, we will examine multiple types of materials and tools, including technology, worksheets and activities, websites, forums, and more, that are sure to enhance your teaching and maximize your efforts. If you want to be the most forward-thinking and trend-setting teacher on the block, if you would love to infuse tons of fun into your lessons, and if you dream of offering experiences to your students that they will enjoy for years to come, join us and discover simple and relevant resources that will take your teaching to the next level.