Mary K. Payne graduated from San Jacinto College with an Elementary Music Degree in 1971. She then graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 1974 followed by a Master's degree in 1978. She also earned a Special Education Certificate in 1985 from University of Houston Clear Lake. She has taught regular, special, and bilingual education classes in every grade from 1st to 12th for 39 years. After retiring, she still finds time to tutor students and consult parents.
A talented singer, she has sung The Star-Spangled Banner for the past 27 years as part of the opening ceremonies for Houston Astros Baseball games. She is the mother of two grown children and has two grandchildren. Her love for children and music inspired her to write this helpful book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Power of Positive Thinking" written by Norman Vincent Peale is my favorite book. I enjoy and look for books that help teach me to be a better person.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted to show that the manual was designed for all children of all ages.
This elementary K - 6 grade guide was designed specifically for substitute teachers who may get called to teach an elementary school music class for which they have no training. Within its easy-to-read pages, the author shows how to conduct entertaining and informative lessons the students will long remember. The lessons are correlated with other subjects such as science, drama, and art.