About Melody Payne, Ph.D., NCTM
Dr. Payne 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.
She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Virginia Music Teachers Association, and has served as President of the Blue Ridge Music Teachers Association, the local chapter of VMTA. Additionally, Dr. Payne is an experienced adjudicator and instructor whose students consistently are top performers and winners in festivals and competitions.
She 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, where she studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Steve Betts and piano with Prof. Constance Carroll.
Melody and her amazing husband Greg live in Marion, Virginia, a small town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.