Dorothy Payne currently serves as Dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. Prior appointments include Professor of Music Theory and Director of the School of Music at the University of Arizona, six years as Head of the Department of Music at the University of Connecticut, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at...
Dorothy Payne currently serves as Dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. Prior appointments include Professor of Music Theory and Director of the School of Music at the University of Arizona, six years as Head of the Department of Music at the University of Connecticut, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor at the Eastman School of Music, and Instructor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. She was awarded the PhD in music theory, Master of Music literature in piano, and her bachelor of music in piano performance, all from the Eastman School of Music, after which she pursued additional piano study in Vienna and Rome as a scholarship student. Known as an exemplary teacher, Payne is active nationally in establishing and maintaining standards in schools of music. Her teaching interests lie primarily in the development of musicianship skills, and she teaches one of these courses each semester at the University of South Carolina. She has been honored by two teaching excellence awards: one from the Eastman School of Music, and the other from the University of Texas. She has chaired the Music AP Test Development Committee, and has served as an exam reader for the past eight years. Payne is extremely active in the National Association of Schools of Music, both as a visiting evaluator and as a member of the National Commission on Accreditation. In 1993 she was elected to the Association's Board of Directors and is now serving a second three-year term as its Secretary. She is also active in the College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, Society for Music Theory, and Music Teachers National Association. Payne has performed as pianist and organist, and co-authored the textbook Tonal Harmony with an Introduction to 20th-Century Music, published by McGraw-Hill and now in its third edition.
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I am delighted to have been asked to participate in the inaugural issue of this ground-breaking publication, in the company of some musician/pedagogues whose work I admire very much indeed. I suspect (and indeed, I fervently hope) that many of my own homespun observations and suggestions will overlap with those of others whose views are represented...
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