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Sheela Das

Music, Multi-Instrumentalist & Songwriting
Home Cuyahoga Shaker Heights Ohio
Website: www.creativeconceptsinmusic.com

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Biography

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

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 Adult
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Students of all abilities struggling with basic literacy skills

Facilities and Resources Required

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

Availability

Upon request

Video courtesy of the teaching artist.