Mark V Sheldon

Mark V S.

Van Nuys, CA

About Mark V S.

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Mark V teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: July 1998
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Mark V has been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when he discovered his natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching himself the harmonica by ear. He went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. He has collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and has well over a 100 in his collection. Mark V is also Pro Tools certified and has been teaching Pro Tools, MIDI, music production, composing, keyboard techniques & sound design since 1998 having won numerous academic awards. Mark V has a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. He wears many hats including his first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MIDI expert & programmer, writer, consultant & teacher inspiring his students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN!

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In my studio, The Synatarium.


Jun 2015 - Present
Garnish Music Production School, Los Angeles

I teach my 36-Hour "Getting Creative In Pro Tools" curriculum there where I focus on using Pro Tools from start to finish while emphasizing creativity and fun.

Jul 2008 - Jun 2016
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles

I created the Pro Tools curriculum for the music production, sound design, and post-production classes in the Digital Media Department whose audio side I also helped to create.

Jul 2004 - Nov 2014
The Los Angeles Recording School

I spear-headed the new Pro Tools department, designed the curriculum, and hosted the music production demos for their Open House for many, many years. I taught Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, Nuendo, MIDI, sound design, music production, effects, recording, editing, mixing, post production, and gave individual lessons on keyboards, sampling, songwriting, and composing.

Jul 1998 - Jul 2004
The Los Angeles Recording Workshop

Before this school became The Los Angeles Recording School, I created the Pro Tools curriculum here centered on music production, MIDI, recording, editing, automating, mixing, and mastering as well as sound design and post-production.


B.A. in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition
Aug 1988 - Jun 1990
University of California at Santa Cruz
A.A. With Honors with an emphasis on English, Music, and TV/Film Production
Aug 1986 - Jun 1988
Monterey Peninsula College
High School Diploma With Honors
Sep 1982 - Jun 1986
Robert Louis Stevenson High School (Stevenson School), Pebble Beach

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Pro Tools Certified in Music and Post Production
Oct 2003
Video Symphony, Burbank, CA

600-hour Audio Engineering Certificate With Honors
Mar 1997
Los Angeles Recording Workshop, North Hollywood, CA


Outstanding Faculty Award 2013-2014, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
Jun 2014
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
Pro Tools Instructor Of The Month, The Los Angeles Recording School
Nov 2012
The Los Angeles Recording School
Shining Star Award for Open House, Music Production (demoing Pro Tools), The Los Angeles Recording School
Jan 2012
The Los Angeles Recording School
Outstanding Faculty Award 2009-2010, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
Jun 2010
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles


MIDI Association
Apr 2016

The MIDI Associations mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who create music and art with MIDI. The website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.

Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 1992

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

9 Reviews on Mark V S.

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Julie Feb 8, 2017
· Harmonica · Online
Mark was great! Huge help for my project
Irwin Feb 4, 2017
· Harmonica · In studio
I've taken several lessons from Mark and he has taught me harmonica basics and the "secret" methods of the great harmonica musicians. The lesson time flies by so I know I'm enjoying his teaching expertise. My harmonica playing ability has improved 1000% with the help of Mark!
Tim B. Jul 10, 2016
Verified Student · Accordion · Online
Mark has been an excellent teacher. Although I haven't played the accordion very long, my steady improvement, following his lessons, has been very enjoyable. I can feel my confidence building as well. I'm looking forward to continued progress with Mark.
Daniel Laner Mar 31, 2016
· Pro Tools Software · In studio
Mark is the best at what he does. I took a pro tools class with him and left feeling like a master. His hands on teaching style is unbeatable.
Stephen Mar 18, 2016
· Pro Tools Software · In home
Phenomenal experience. Mark is not only a consummate expert when it comes to Pro Tools, he is a highly skilled teacher, extremely professional, and a great guy. As someone with a PhD and a background in teaching and instructional design, I know something about effective teaching and Mark is truly a cut above--organized, patient, engaging, articulate, focused, helpful, illustrates his points with colorful anecdotes, offers useful ways of remembering the information... Mark, thanks for sharing your knowledge as well as your enthusiasm for ProTools.
Chaz Jul 14, 2015
· Pro Tools Software · In studio
Mark is a fantastic teacher. His lesson's run from deeply technical to deeply spiritual. Thanks to him my eyes have been opened to the grace of Pro Tools and I feel confident with my new found skills to step out into the post production world.

Thanks Mark!
Octavio Jul 8, 2015
· Pro Tools Software ·
Mark is an amazing instructor. His knowledge, skills and understanding combined with his patient and warm demeanor makes learning a pleasant experience. You'll learn multiple aspects in Pro Tools including: short cut commands, signal flow, plug-ins, mixing, editing, midi, recording, melody, sound designing, industry work flow...Lessons are informative, creative and fun by injecting humor whenever possible. Thanks again Mark for sharing your knowledge.
STEVEN W. May 28, 2015
· Pro Tools Software · In home
I have been in the "music business" and performing for more than 50 years. I started performing and recording in 1964. In 2005 I moved to Beverly Hills and wanted to build a digital studio. I had produced only in analog and had a very minimal knowledge of computers. When I decided to go with Pro Tools I called friends that had already produced many hit projects on that system. Although they had their own creative knowledge and "tricks", as teachers they left me more confused than capable. Then one day a member of Tupac's crew called and, upon hearing my problem, recomended me to Mark.
Right away Mark advised me as to which components would become compatable with the studio I had in mind. The gear he recommended back then remains "studio standard" quality today.
Mark, patiently , began with the basics.First he taught "troubleshooting" and "keyboard commands" . I learned to "back-up" and protect my music. Eventually I could use all the moves I learned to maneuver creatively through recordings. In sessions problems occur, and, amazingly I can handle most of them. When I can't I can always call Mark. That, alone, is invaluable. We have remained friends for 10 years and now that it is time to upgrade my system, Mark is still the one person whose advice I trust .
Robert O. May 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Mark has been my teacher, mentor and friend for over 2 years now. It all started at The Los Angeles Recordin School where he was the instructor of my class, Digital Audio Essentials. I attended the school to further my skill sets as an electronic dance music producer/songwriter and synthesis programmer. My mission was/is to broaden my classical and musical pallet (musicianship) with music theory and play fluently (intuitively) on the piano. Mark heard me out and continues to provide priceless knowledge which guides me in the direction of success. I see immediate results. It is amazing what you can learn in 1 hour. The teaching does not stop at just piano or music theory - I ask questions about anything music or audio related and receive rich insight. (synthesis, sound design, philosophy, tech, workflow, arrangement, song feedback, mixing, mastering and composing etc.)

After I graduated school the education continued and I started to take Piano/Composition/Songwriting lessons in his studio (The Synatarium). That was when my skill set and knowledge skyrocketed.
Not only that but his studio is INCREDIBLY inspiring to just sit and look at, if you are a gear fanatic.

I realized that learning music is a constant evolution and I will always be improving and raising the bar.

Most of all, Mark works with you and not for you. He tailors the cericulim custom to an individuals visions, goals, personality, schedule and teaches you knowledge you can apply immediately.

I would recommend this teacher to anyone! Message me if you have any questions.


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