Michele Paynter Paise

 

 

 

Assistant Professor, Music

School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts 

Address: 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087
Office: Cumberland Arts Academy, Studio 2
Office Hours: By Appointment
Office Phone: (615) 547-1301
Email: mpaise@cumberland.edu


 

 

Courses Offered: Sight Singing and Ear Training, Private Vocal Music Instruction, French, German, and Italian Diction, Methods and Materials for Elementary School Music, Methods and Materials for Secondary Choral Music, Music Listening, Vocal Music Literature and Pedagogy, Vocal Diction, Contemporary Issues in Fine Arts, Future Directions in Fine Arts

Degrees:

B.A. Vocal Performance, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

B.A. Vocal & Instrumental Music Education, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

M.M. Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

D.M.A. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Dissertation: Six Beginning Music Teachers’ Music Teacher Role Identities

 

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington

Dr. Michele Paynter Paise, a vocal and general music education specialist, joined Cumberland University in fall of 2010, having previously taught courses at Arizona State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Idaho. Prior to teaching at the university level, Paise taught public school general and choral music for eleven years in Maryland, Tennessee, and Arizona.

At Cumberland, Dr. Paise maintains a full vocal studio and consistently prepares students for junior, senior, degree, and graduate voice recitals as well as numerous department-wide recitals. Upon arriving at Cumberland, she instituted a series of themed vocal recitals, allowing students to discover and perform a wider variety of repertoire.  Examples of these concert themes are:

An Evening of Broadway

The Vocal Music of Franz Schubert

Love is in the Air: Songs of Love from the Classical Repertoire

An Evening of French Song

I Hear America Singing: Music by American Composers

Viva Italia!

A Night at the Opera

Walk through Nature: A Vocal Concert

Paise’s voice students are composed of singers from varied backgrounds. Many are songwriters who have their own bands, some have appeared as soloists internationally, others appear on recordings of well-known commercial artists, a few regularly star in local musical theater productions, some already have their own private voice studios, and others are simply interested in learning how to become a better singer. Members of “Studio 2” support each other’s performances, regularly critique each other, and attend Nashville opera performances together each semester. They also reach out to the community every year by singing Christmas carols in front of local businesses and for residents at a nearby nursing home.

 

What do Dr. Paise’s students have to say about voice instruction?

“I learned more about how my voice works in 3 semesters of lessons than I have in the past ten years of singing! I sing so much healthier now.”  Deron Martel, Tenor

 “What helped me was her easygoing manner in the face of my sometimes ‘wound up like a pretzel’ demeanor.” Sarah Baughn, Soprano

“This may sound a little corny, but if there is one person who brought out the true voice within me, it’s Dr. Paise. I will always remember the fun activities [she] used to grab our attention when learning.” Melody Myers, Soprano

“Dr. Paise has a knack for breaking things down into the most basic form. She truly understands the voice and helps you understand how yours works.” Shawn Savage, Singer/Songwriter

 

In addition to teaching voice, Dr. Paise teaches elementary and choral music education courses and acts as the advisor to Cumberland University’s national award-winning Collegiate NAfME (National Association for Music Education) chapter. A strong advocate of music education in schools, Paise collaborates with the educational outreach departments of professional arts associations, including major symphony orchestras and opera companies. Paise recently partnered with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and their Pied Piper Series of concerts aimed at young children. Through this partnership, Paise and her students design musical take-home activities for audience members and volunteer at the pre-concert Instrument Petting Zoo events. Afterward, the students attend the symphony performances together.

 

What do Dr. Paise’s students have to say about the Collegiate NAfME partnership?

“I gained a new perspective on the musical abilities of young children.”  Whitney Tomberlain, Class of 2012

“The best parts were when I saw something ‘click’ in the kids’ heads. The transfer of knowledge and information, to me, is a beautiful human event.”  Corey J. Carlton, Class of 2014

“It has been a rewarding experience to volunteer at the Pied Piper concerts [and] . . . a joy to get children excited about symphonic music.” Sarah Donovan, Class of 2015

“Volunteering . . . was a terrific experience for me . . . to see the little kids get excited about music and the arts was phenomenal. The Pied Piper concerts give kids a chance to make their first sound[s] through their favorite instrument[s] and be exposed to the beauty of symphonic music . . . I was honored to be a part of that.” Austin Smith, Class of 2016

 

Dr. Paise has served as state advisor for all NAfME (National Association for Music Education) chapters at colleges and universities in Tennessee and Idaho. She is the past-president of Middle Tennessee Association for Kodály Educators and is currently on the advisory board for the Music Educators Journal. Paise is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Delta Pi, Society for Music Teacher Education, Tennessee Music Educators’ Association, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Association for Music Education. She is certified in Levels I-III of Orff-Schulwerk and Levels I-IV of Kodály. She has presented over 50 music education workshops and clinics across the United States and regularly appears as a guest choral clinician. In her free time, Dr. Paise likes to travel, drink tea, shop for antiques, and spend time with her husband, John, and their dog, Victoria.

 

Publications

Paise, M.P. (2013). Collegiate focus: Conference highlights. Tennessee Musician, In press.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), in Judy Meloy, Writing the Qualitative Dissertation, 3rd edition, Sense Publications, 2013.

Paise, M.P. (2012). Getting the job you want: Ten steps to success. Tennessee Musician, Fall 2012

Paise, M.P. (2012). Fall kick-off a success. Tennessee Musician, Winter 2012

Paise, M.P. (2012). Book Review of “Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, volume 3.” Music Educators Journal, December, 2013

Paise, M.P. (2012). Book Review of “Constructing a Personal Orientation to Music Teaching.” Music Educators Journal, March, 2012.

Paise, M.P. (2011). Developing leadership skills. Tennessee Musician, 64(2).

Paise, M.P. (2008).  Collegiate CMENC:  Getting music education majors involved (and KEEPING them involved). Idaho Music Notes, 48(3).

 

Pedagogical Publications

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: The Firebird (April 5, 2014). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: Knights and Princesses (February 22, 2014). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: Under the Sea (April 13, 2013). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: Beethoven Lives Upstairs (February 16, 2013). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: Music for the Holidays (December 23, 2012). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: Música para los días Festivos (December 23, 2012). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: Halloween in the Wild West (October 27, 2012). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Contributor), Pied Piper Concert Series: Music Noise and Silence (February 18, 2012). Nashville, TN: Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (Ed.), Young People’s Concert Education Guide (Fall 2008). Walla Walla, WA:  Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra.

Fennell, A.M., Fisher, D., McDonald, N.L., Moraga, C.G., Paise, M.P., Stanger, S. and Stauffer, S. (2008).  Making music with the arts and across the curriculum.  New York:  Pearson Education, Inc.

Paise, M.P. (2006). Night on bald mountain. In Symphony for the Schools!  Concert Education Guide (October 24-25, 2006).  Phoenix, AZ:  Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (2006). The sorcerer’s apprentice. In Symphony for the Schools!  Concert Education Guide (October 24-25, 2006).  Phoenix, AZ:  Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.

Paise, M.P. (2005).  Villa Lobos and his music. In Arden, A. (Ed.), Symphony for the Schools! Concert Education Guide (April 27-28, 2005). Phoenix, AZ:  Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.

 

Research Presentations

International

“’I Remember Liking Elementary in the Past, But . . . Patty’s Struggles in Music Student Teaching and the Formation of a Personal Teaching Identity,” Narrative Gallery, Narrative Soundings: The Second International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, Tempe, AZ, February, 2008

 

National

“Symphony Partnerships: Exploring Teaching in a New Setting,” Mountain Lake Colloquium, Mountain Lake, VA, May, 2013

“Six Beginning Music Teachers’ Music Teacher Role Identities,” NAfME National Conference, St. Louis, MO, March, 2012

“Exploring Music Teacher Identity,” Mountain Lake Colloquium, Mountain Lake, VA, May, 2011

“Choir Members’ Perceptions of Participation, Special Accommodations, and Characteristics of Both Members and Directors in Adult Church Choirs:  A Pilot Study,”  MENC National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, April, 2006

 

Regional

 “’I Remember Liking Elementary in the Past, But . . . The Influence of Two Cooperating Teachers on the Development of Patty’s Music Teacher Identity,” Northwest Music Educators Association Biannual Conference, Spokane, WA, February 2009

“Choir Members’ Perceptions of Participation, Special Accommodations, and Characteristics of Both Members and Directors in Adult Church Choirs:  A Pilot Study,” The College Music Society Pacific Southern Chapter Annual Conference, Tempe, AZ, March, 2007

 

State/Local

“Six Beginning Music Teachers’ Music Teacher Role Identities,” Tennessee Music Educators Association Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2011

“Six Beginning Music Teachers’ Music Teacher Role Identities,” The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, March 2011

 “Six Beginning Music Teachers’ Music Teacher Role Identities,” Alabama Music Educators Association Conference, Montgomery, AL, January 2011

“I Remember Liking Elementary in the Past, But . . . The Influence of Two Cooperating Teachers on the Development of Patty’s Music Teacher Identity,” Idaho Music Educators Association Biannual Conference, Pocatello, ID, January 2008

“Taylor Daley:  Aspiring Rock Star,” Montana Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Billings, MT, October, 2007

“Choir Members’ Perceptions of Participation, Special Accommodations, and Characteristics of Both Members and Directors in Adult Church Choirs:  A Pilot Study,” Arizona Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Mesa, AZ, January 2006

“Taylor Daley:  Aspiring Rock Star,” ARTSWORK Research Symposium, Tempe, AZ, April, 2005