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Michele Paise

Photo: Michele PaiseDr. Michele Paynter Paise - Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education
Program/Dept: Music, Theatre & Dance


Dr. Michele Paynter Paise, a vocal and general music education specialist, comes to Morehead State after serving as a faculty member at Cumberland University, Middle Tennessee State University, and University of Idaho. She has also taught courses at Arizona State University, University of Montevallo, and was a public school music teacher in Maryland, Tennessee, and Arizona.

Dr. Paise is a member of several professional music organizations, where she has held offices, including serving as the state advisor to all collegiate chapters of NAME in Idaho and Tennessee. Within NAME, she developed partnerships with local symphonies, organized volunteer opportunities for college students and helped write curriculum for symphonic concert series aimed at children. Chapters under her guidance have received national awards of excellence.

Certified in both Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály, Dr. Paise is a sought after clinician and has presented numerous workshops focused on elementary and vocal music education. She frequently appears as a choral clinician and regularly teaches the choir/conducting and solfa/musicianship sections of Kodály certification courses.

Dr. Paise holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Vocal Performance and Music Education) from Shepherd University, a Master of Music degree from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University. She has presented her research at the state, national, and international levels. She looks forward to working with the students at Morehead.


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