Abby Payne is an active musician and performer around NYC, and 2015 marks her tenth year teaching at Church Street School. This fall, you will find her teaching private piano and voice lessons. In the following interview, she discusses her training, unique projects, and her approach to teaching. Also, check out her videos below!
Grace Rezendes (GR): What was your early experience with music? How did you start playing/singing?
Abby Payne (AP): I grew up in a very musical household, where music was part of our daily lives. There was always someone singing, playing piano, or practicing some other instrument. My older sister and I would harmonize on old hymns and pop tunes just for fun, and plinking around on our old upright piano was always a source of amusement. We also often sang as a family at church events or at special holiday programs. I played flute in school and sang in chorus, and our seasonal concerts were always an exciting highlight for me.