Music School Welcomes Thompson-Payne

Layne Thompson-Payne and her husband Brian.

The Music School of Delaware has been part of downtown Milford for several years and is the only statewide, accredited, community music school in Delaware. With its main campus located on Walnut Street in Milford, and 4 satellite campuses in Kent and Sussex Counties including Dover, Felton, Lewes and Georgetown, the Music School of Delaware continues to partner with local band and choir directors to assist and develop their students through music education.

To help facilitate their recent progress and growth, the Music School of Delaware has announced Layne Thompson-Payne as the new Director of the Milford Branch. Layne, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina began playing the piano at age 3 and performed her first recital at age 5 but decided to become a singer at age 9 after attending her first opera. She attended Winthrop College and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently with the ensemble at Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore and has also been a regular soloist and ensemble member of Riverside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir in Jacksonville, Florida. Currently living in Middletown, Layne is also the current Executive Director for the Newark Symphony Orchestra in Newark Delaware

“We need to let this area know that their is so much talent in the Music School of Delaware in Milford,” commented Ms.Thompson-Payne. “There are so many talented and creative professionals teaching students here. Teaching a gift that will allow students to do great things with music for the rest of their lives.”

The Music School of Delaware offers students the ability to focus on private instruction which is proven to be more productive for each individual. Their professionally trained instructors teach beginners, conservatory-bound teens and adults in both private instruction and group settings at the Milford location each week.

“We are creating a foundation on which to build the next generation of musicians,” commented Ms. Thompson-Payne. “We realize how to create an accessible training situation from the Suzuki Academy for violinists to our Garage Band program that allows individuals to create music together.”

Currently The Music School of Delaware is in the process of creating a children choir for Middle School-aged students and a new program called Garage Band which helps students learn to work as a team while composing their own pieces of music. Their unique lessons also include classes for children at a very young age. Kindermusik and the Suzuki Academy introduce students to music education as early as 2 ½ years old. While Kindermusik focuses on music-making and music listening activities, the Suzuki Academy actually allows these very young children to experience the instruments first-hand.

The Music School of Delaware offers a musical experience for everyone by introducing students to a diversity of musical genres through almost every contemporary instrument including woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion and voice. Their vision is to create more music for more people in more places.

Whether through private or group lessons The Music School of Delaware has become an outstanding facility dedicated to music appreciation in Milford. A faculty concert will be held at the school in October and the first recital for the school year will begin in November. The Music School of Delaware is located on 10 South Walnut Street and is open Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 6pm, except for scheduled events. To learn more about The Music School of Delaware visit or call 302-422-2043.