Sheela DasMusic, Multi Instrumentalist & Songwriting
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 thousands of workshops and original stage productions with students, community members, and professional musicians alike. From live or virtual songwriting workshops and camps to classroom residencies, Sheela brings her multi-instrumental talent to the joy of hundreds of audiences each year. She has composed more than 300 original, interactive songs to teach the curriculum in grades K-12 which are instrumental in teaching English language learner subjects ranging from language arts to science. By engaging with Sheela’s songs, students struggling with basic literacy skills have demonstrated enhanced academic performance. Her music and lyrics gently connect with whole classrooms and help model 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 features to those seeking artistic experiences for their patrons.
Highlights of Sheela’s artistic career include recent artist-in-residence experiences with the Ohio Arts Council’s TeachArtsOhio program in Cleveland, Delaware, and Toledo, Ohio (2018-2020). Bringing students to the stage with their original lyrics or instrumental performance was a key outcome of this work. 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). For this, Sheela presented her original songs to engage students at Perley Elementary School and model for teaching staff. She also provided a district-wide teacher professional development workshop for the South Bend Community School Corporation. In 2014, Sheela performed with an Ohio Arts Council touring band, Spyder Stompers and Sugar Pie, at the prestigious Brooklyn Folk Festival in New York.
“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
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
- Students of all abilities struggling with basic literacy skills
Facilities and Resources Required
- Performance Space
- White board if facilitating songwriting
Video courtesy of the teaching artist.