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Michele Paynter Paise

Photo: Michele PaiseMusic Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Music
Area(s): Administration, Music Education


Dr. Michele Paynter Paise serves as the Music Program Coordinator and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at Morehead State University. Prior to coming to Morehead, Dr. Paise was a faculty member at Cumberland University, Middle Tennessee State University, and University of Idaho. She also taught courses at Arizona State University 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 the National Association for Music Education in Idaho and Tennessee. Within this organization, 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 in demand as a clinician and has presented numerous workshops focused on elementary and vocal music education. She is the Director of the Kodály Institute of Kentucky and is a faculty member at the University of Montevallo’s Summer Kodály Institute. Her areas of specialization within the Kodály approach include solfa/musicianship and choir/conducting.
Active in all aspects of music education, Dr. Paise is on the editorial board of Music Educators Journal and General Music Today and is a book reviewer for The College Music Society’s Symposium. She presents her research at local, state, national, and international conferences, has served as a National General Music Mentor for beginning music teachers, and regularly advises undergraduate and graduate students in their own research projects.
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 Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.

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