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Sheela Das

Music: Multi-Instrumentalist & Songwriting
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Sheela Das is the artistic director and founder of Creative Concepts in Music. With more than a decade of teaching through the arts, she has directed, produced, and delivered compelling workshops and original stage and video productions for students, community members, and professional venues alike.

From songwriting workshops, instrumental music, and playwriting and puppetry camps, to classroom residencies, Sheela brings her multi-instrumental talent to the joy of hundreds of audiences each year. She has composed more than 350 original, interactive songs to teach the curriculum in grades K-12 in subjects from social emotional learning to language arts and science. By engaging with Sheela’s songs, students struggling with basic literacy skills (including English Language Learners) demonstrate enhanced academic performance. Her music and compassionate approach gently connects with whole classrooms and models effective arts integration for teachers and administrators. Creative, original performances at festivals and schools are a signature of Sheela’s work. Her passion for the arts and audience engagement skills are sought-after.

Highlights of Sheela’s artistic career include artist-in-residence experiences with the Ohio Arts Council’s TeachArtsOhio program in Cleveland, Delaware, and Toledo, Ohio (2018-2022). Bringing students to the stage presenting their original lyrics, plays, or instrumental performances are key outcomes. Sheela has frequently been commissioned by James Levin (founder of Cleveland Public Theater, One World Festival, and Firefish Festival) to produce stage and artistic works (2016-2018). She was commissioned by international recording artist, producer, and musician Todd Rundgren to share his Kennedy Center for the Arts residency at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana (2016) where she modeled arts integrated lessons and provided district-wide professional development workshops using her music. In 2014, Sheela performed with the touring band Spyder Stompers and Sugar Pie, at the prestigious Brooklyn Folk Festival in New York. She is a regular musical performer throughout Northeast Ohio with SATO (60s-70s and original music) and with the John McGrail Trio.

“Ms. Das understands the special needs of our kids. I have seen the most passive and non-responsive/non-social/non-verbal/non-participatory students come alive because of [her] song.”
– Ms. Maggio, MA, CCC/SLP

The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a two-day workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused on understanding arts integration, domains of youth development, behavior management, academic and fine arts standards, outcomes and indicators, and learning strategies and activities. The earner developed a program plan to apply these concepts in their work with students, earning a score of 75% or greater related to specific scoring criteria.

The award of this badge, “Behavior Management: A Guide to Creative Chaos,” is the third module in the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s (CAL) teaching artist professional development series that provides attendees an understanding of the ages and stages of all learners and adaptation skills for arts activities using the Universal Design for Learning. The earner has recognized physical, cognitive, social, and literacy development benchmarks specific to the different ages of students and has demonstrated an understanding of the students they will likely encounter to help determine ways to help manage their behaviors through the arts.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Students of all abilities struggling with basic literacy skills

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Tables
  • Performance space
  • Chairs
  • White board if facilitating songwriting


Upon request