What my students are saying:
"Dr. Sheldrick is a person who loves what she does, and is one of the most influential people in my life as musician and as a person."
"You once told me that music changed lives even if the person learning it did not dedicate his professional life to it. Today that makes more sense than ever to me. I can see the effects that music, and particularly you, have had in my life and I could not be more grateful for that."
"Thank you for being the amazing teacher you are and for always inspiring me."
All music students have an artistic voice. They are inspired in some way by the expressive quality of music and enroll in music school to hone their skills and develop an informed sense of musicianship in order to successfully execute their artistic ideals. My teaching is centered on facilitating the student’s desire to articulate what they envision but cannot yet produce. By considering each student’s individual learning style and combining it with their intrinsic abilities as musicians, I aim to help these students become not only performers of the highest order, but also entrepreneurs, social leaders, and lifelong practitioners of their craft.
During their course of study, students are guided and encouraged to develop the following:
Technical Grounding: through the study of scales, arpeggios, and etudes, students develop the tools they need to create their art. Technique is always the means to a musical end, however, and is taught in a way that supports musical creation rather than being detached from it.
Critical Thinking and Practical Experience: studio class is held each week and serves as a laboratory during which students have the opportunity to practice the art of performing. This friendly setting provides a safe environment in which to perform in front of a supportive audience of peers. By encouraging feedback from one another’s performances, students learn to become critical listeners, examining, both aurally and visually, what works successfully and what could be improved upon.
Music-Making: because we learn more when we are motivated and excited by the music we work on, students play an active role in creating their course of study and are encouraged to suggest repertoire they would like to learn and perform. By collaborating with my students, it is my aim to help guide the student toward his or her professional goals by choosing repertoire that is both technically appropriate and musically rewarding.
Leadership: since today’s musicians must be equipped with the necessary skills to be successful in the ever-changing and competitive music profession, my students are guided on how to expand their abilities not only as performers but also as educators, orators, and advocates for music and the arts.
By giving students the tools they need to think critically, constructively, and positively, and by fostering these skills within a supportive environment, I aim to develop technically and musically proficient musicians who also posses a lasting enthusiasm for learning and a sense of social leadership.