Sheela Das is the Artistic Director of Creative Concepts in Music. She is a director, vocalist, musician, and songwriter who has had an extensive career creating, designing and producing artistic programs to engage the community in the arts. She is a member of an Ohio Arts Council Touring band (2015-16), SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie, The Blues Devils, and served on the review panel of the Ohio Arts Council Arts Partnership Program in 2016 and 2017.
Commissioned performances -
Sheela provided music workshops and training through the Kennedy Center for the Arts in a residency led by American multi-instrumentalist, song writer and producer, Todd Rundgren at the U. of Notre Dame in 2016. She provided shadowing opportunities for teachers at a South Bend arts magnet school followed by a professional development workshop entitled, "Teaching through Music" for district-wide educators held at the University of Notre Dame. These workshops featured her original teaching songs and techniques.
Sheela created and directed numerous commissioned performances for festivals including for Cleveland Public Theater (CPT) founder James Levin (Cle World Festival, FireFish Festival, 2015), two works for Raymond Bogban through CPT's Station Hope event 2016 and 2017, and another for the Ingenuity Festival, 2015. Sheela served as the Parade Director of the 2017 Firefish Festival.
Teaching through Music Curriculum -
Her artistic work with students inspires her to continually develop new opportunities for community involvement in the arts as well as provide a high-quality music curriculum through Creative Concepts in Music. Sheela's music curriculum is embodied in over 170 original songs whose use has been supported for four years in classrooms by local foundations, schools districts, and public entities. This curriculum is also shared through Sugar Pie Family Band performances at numerous Ohio venues. Songs span topics of spelling, social studies, vocabulary, self-care, empowerment, environment, and science.
Professional Development Workshops -
Through hands-on training sessions using song writing and ukulele instruction, Sheela Das has provided numerous workshops for educational professionals across Cuyahoga and Lake Counties in Ohio focusing on integrating the arts into science, physical education, world languages, health, and language arts curricula.
Partnering with the Community -
Sheela is one of Ohio's most sought after community music workshop presenters at festivals and events in Northeast Ohio. She provides engaging musical workshops - many are conducted for other arts organizations and non profits located in Boston, Charleston WV, Pittsburgh and Lorain County. Organizations include public library systems, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Broadway School of the Arts, Shore Cultural Center, Lake Erie Folk Festival, Blue Sky Folk Festival, Cleveland Sight Center, Heights Music Hop, Cuyahoga County Libraries, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Natural History Museum, Roots of America, Spirit of Harmony Foundation, Guitar Center Foundation, Antidote Creativity, Inner Circle Foundation, Cleveland Public Theater, Karamu House, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Shaker Public Library, Euclid Public Library, and the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers.
With more than 25 years of experience in creating programs, designing curriculum and creating song lyrics, director, musician, and vocalist Sheela Das provides creative and exciting lyrics and songs for classroom success. Her songs encompass topics such as language arts, social studies, science, and self-determination. The music features vocals, flute, guitar, ukulele, bass, washboard and penny whistle. The songs have broad appeal and reach adults as well as children.
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