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The Sheldon Online Music Academy

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Welcome to The Sheldon Online Music Academy! This is just the first of what we hope to be an ongoing, free virtual music library, featuring local and national artists, for musicians of all ages who want to hone their technique and take their skills to higher level! Additional funds are needed to continue this program. To contribute any amount, large or small, to help reach our goal, donate online or call The Sheldon’s Development Department at 314.533.9900.



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Piano: Peter Martin, jazz
Mandolin: Charlie Pfeffer
Piano: Peter Henderson
Banjo: Béla Fleck
Mandolin: Chris Thile
12-String Guitar: Leo Kottke
Auditioning for Musical Theatre (vocals): Lisa Campbell
Drums: Steve Davis
Ukelele: Jake Shimabukuro
Clarinet: Scott Andrews
Bass: Vince Corkery
Guitar: Matthew Von Doran
Cello: Bjorn Ranheim
Classical Vocals: Katherine Jolly


An Interview with Pat Metheny



Piano: Peter Martin, jazz


Lesson One: Groove and Swing




Lesson Two: Ear Training




Lesson Three: Playing in All Keys




Lesson Four: Form and Balance in Improvised Solos




Lesson Five: Playing the Blues





Mandolin: Charlie Pfeffer


Lesson one: Rhythm




Lesson two: Double Stops




Lesson Three: Tremolo




Lesson Four: Cross Picking




Lesson Five: Combining Techniques





Piano: Peter Henderson


Lesson One: Piano Fingering




Lesson Two: Pedaling




Lesson Three: Practicing




Lesson Four: Interpretation




Lesson Five: Tone Production and Articulation





Banjo: Béla Fleck


Single String Technique





Mandolin: Chris Thile


Pick Hold and Body Position





12-String Guitar: Leo Kottke


Thoughts on a 12-String Guitar





Auditioning for Musical Theatre (vocals): Lisa Campbell


Lesson one: Breathe




Lesson two: Scales and Arpeggios




Lesson Three: Analyzing Lyrics




Lesson Four: Putting Music and Lyrics Together




Lesson Five: Putting it Together





Drums: Steve Davis


Lesson one: Using the Hands




Lesson two: Using the Feet




Lesson Three: Playing Time




Lesson Four: Internalizing a Tune





Ukelele: Jake Shimabukuro





Clarinet: Scott Andrews


Lesson one: Legato




Lesson two: Articulation




Lesson Three: Practicing




Lesson Four: Sound Production




Lesson Five: Audition Performance





Bass: Vince Corkery


Lesson One: Basics of Folk Bass




Lesson Two: Bass Runs and Scales





Guitar: Matthew Von Doran


Swinging With a Metronome




Scale Pattern Awareness




Jazz Blues




Expanding Chord Vocabulary




Soloing over Two Different Chords





Cello: Bjorn Ranheim


Lesson 1: Warm Ups




Lesson 2: Types of Bowing




Lesson 3: Types of Bowing, Part 2




Lesson 4: Creating Bowings from Scratch




Lesson 5: Advice for Auditioning





Classical Vocals: Katherine Jolly


Katherine Jolly, Breathing for Singing




Katherine Jolly, Vocal Exercises




Katherine Jolly, Preparing a Vocal Piece




Katherine Jolly, Choosing Appropriate Repertoire




Katherine Jolly, Preparing for an Audition




Katherine Jolly, Making the Best Impression at an Audition