Shelia Lee
Galveston, TX
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Shelia Lee

Shelia L.

Galveston, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Beginner to Advanced. Piano Keyboard, Chromatic (B & C System), Diatonic (Hohner Style).

You will learn your instrument, how to read music, music theory and improvisational skills. Learn to to read from non-accordion music and create "your own" arrangements. This includes chord structure, arpeggios, jazz chords, and multiple styles.

About Shelia L.

If you will notice - I am the only accordion teacher that only teaches accordion. AND MY REVIEWS - are ALL for the Accordion!! That is what I play, that is all I play, I have studied with the best - Willard Palmer & Bill Hughes. I have owned and operated an accordion music school for over 20 years - with as many as 300 "accordion" students at any one time.

My philosophy - if it ain't fun - it ain't worth it!!!! I have over 500 accordion arrangements - that I use to teach with. All Genres, Classics to TOP Movie Themes - All Levels!

I have conducted Master Accordion Workshops all over the US and in Alaska. I have produced instructional You Tube lessons and several DVDs.

I have had my own performing combo for 22 years and a long history of strolling in Italian and German restaurants and performing at Ethnic Festivals since I was 7 (Performed with Myron Florin at the Wurstfest in Texas for 10 years!).

I teach the piano keyboard accordion as well as the B & C system Chromatic. I also have written lesson materials for the 3 row Diatonic Accordion. Before I closed the physical studio - I had an accordion teaching staff of over 6 instructors and 125 students.

*** On-Line Lesson***
Lesson material will be emailed in advance. Min. Charge based on selections used.

*** Lesson Materials ***
I use Palmer & Hughes instruction books and personally arranged selections for the taste of the student. I use personally produced accompaniment CDs for enhanced performance of students. I train classically (you can chose to learn all your technique and chord progressions) and instruct to the style the student wants. Pop & Standards, Italian, German, French, Cajun, Tex-Mex, etc.

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Lupe S.
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Posted May 28, 2020
Jerry O.
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Posted May 27, 2020
Mary
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wow,great instructor. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her knowledge is obviously something that comes easily and effortlessly. I took lessons as a child and teen and am looking forward to continuing on. Shelia is the best! So glad to have found her with TakeLessons!

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Scott
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There are not too many accordion teachers to choose from where I live. I studied with the nearest one, who was 40 minutes away. I had to lug my accordion and spend at least 2.5 hours out of my week to get my lesson. Not having much of a choice in instructor gives you little choice in teaching method or approach. Although my teacher is a great player, I was having problems with the material and lessons.

I was lucky to find Shelia online! She is a breath of fresh air. She really makes the lesson fun. And you can tell she loves to play. I actually enjoy playing again and I enjoy practicing and taking lessons. She has a large repertoire to pull from, and she meets you at your level. I was worried that it wouldn't work out taking lessons online, but so far it's been great.

Oh and one more thing, she only teaches accordion. She's not a piano teacher that also teaches accordion. It's her only instrument. It's very important to me to have that in an instructor.

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Sheree B.
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Great lesson. Learned tons.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Christy O.
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Posted Mar 31, 2020
George R.
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Patient, encouraging accommodating ,I highly recommend Shelia. As a former preparer of public school teachers I observed in Shelia the qualities of an excellent teacher.

Posted Mar 26, 2020
Lydia
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Sheila is an outstanding teacher. She is patient, and gives amazing feedback. I have never played an instrument before but she made it so easy to learn the basics step by step. I will continue to take lessons from her, and encourage anyone who is interested in learning the accordion to reach out to her.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Wilson C.
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Patient, personable, informative!

Posted Mar 12, 2020
Lydia P.
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Posted Mar 7, 2020
Sadaya Z.
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This is what I just wrote to Shelia, in so much gratitude:
Thank you so much for your precious lessons. They really mean a lot to me.
Thank you so much for being so kind, patient, and forbearing such that as inept as I sometimes feel, I still feel so supported and encouraged by you that I don't feel too embarrassed on top. thank you also for your enthusiasm, love of music and fun, and how you really give all the gold in terms of complexity and high level learning but break it down into accessible steps.
I really had thought I would just get lessons short term because it is so easy for me to get too hung up on trying to please and also distracted and derailed by different tangents and paths, plus the affordability factor over time---but you have changed my mind.
In your case it is so extremely invaluable and I feel like you continually give me new gems to increase my strength and breath as a musician, and really help me to be more brave and courageous to leave my comfort zones in ways that I really could not do on my own, so I would like to have lessons with you for a very long time.

Posted Feb 29, 2020
Alberto
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Wonderful teacher, great advice and a lot of fun!

Posted Feb 22, 2020
Sadaya Z.
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Just lovely--super knowledgeable and enthusiastic, able to pack in so many choices, pro-tips, and instruction in a short period of time

Posted Feb 14, 2020
Yuri
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Posted Feb 9, 2020
Kentaro
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Wonderful experience. My son is hooked. Thank you!

Posted Jan 18, 2020
Alberto
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Very sharp, great ear, incredibly friendly and full of wonderful advice and tips!

Posted Jan 15, 2020
Reed
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My first lesson with Shelia was excellent! She's a good teacher and gave me good material to work on. Wouldnl definitely recommend taking lessons from her.

Posted Nov 7, 2019
Tammy C.
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Shelia was awesome. Very easy to understand and patient. You can tell she loves the accordian!

Posted Oct 31, 2019
Annemarie O.
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Thank you! We are off to a great start!

Posted Oct 15, 2019
Cynthia W.
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Best instructor ever!! Here, have a cat! =^OwO^=

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Ezequiel
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First lesson was very fun and engaging.

Posted Sep 5, 2019
Terry E.
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Shelia is an excellent instructor and I would recommend her to anyone.

Posted Aug 23, 2019
Patricia
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Sheila really kept me on my toes! Clouds of dust and cobwebs from the decades I haven't played are pouring out of my ears. Lots to study and practice!

Posted Aug 7, 2019
Taylor
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Wonderful instructor. Starts you wherever you are in your experience with music. Works with you at your pace.

Posted Jul 31, 2019
Meredith F.
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Posted Jul 24, 2019
TERRY
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I was very pleased with the lesson I had on the accordion. I look forward to my second lesson on 1 August 2019.

Posted Jul 22, 2019
John B.
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Excellent instructor, helps with all the essentials for a beginner like me, really good friendly Texas lady!

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Amy
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Great lesson! Nice lesson plan that makes it clear what I can practice on this week.

Posted Apr 19, 2019
John B.
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She was friendly and expert and helpful and made me, a beginner, feel that there was real hope! I can't think of anyone I would rather take a lesson with.

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Piet
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Shelia is awesome.

Posted Mar 24, 2019
Irene Ulm
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Shelia is a very energetic, creative, intuitive and helpful teacher! I am inspired to learn and practice and have fun, as she prescribes!

Posted Mar 22, 2019
Nick A.
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Shelia is an amazing, engaging, and funny person; and these qualities lend themselves wonderfully to teaching. You will learn more than you thought possible in a single sitting under her guidance, and you will enjoy the experience immensely. There isn’t a more qualified accordion teacher in the world in my humble opinion. Thanks Shelia!

Posted Mar 19, 2019
peter
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Only one lesson so far. But love her already. Very engaging, fun and lively. Will make you eager to learn and do more. More lessons ahead

Posted Mar 14, 2019
Janetlee O.
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great lesson. love the boogie!

Posted Mar 13, 2019
Janetlee O.
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Thank you Sheila! That was so fun!

Posted Feb 27, 2019
Franciska
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I am taking quantum leaps in learning the buttonbox! Before beginning my lessons, I was learning out of books. I was growing frustrated with not progressing so I looked into lessons. I am grateful that I found Shelia! I highly recommend her.

Posted Jan 30, 2019
Naomi H.
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Posted Jan 10, 2019
Joan S.
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Very quickly helped me learn basics to begin playing...

Posted Jan 3, 2019
Joan S.
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Posted Jan 2, 2019
Barb G.
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Great - Shelia is wonderful! So enthusiastic and patient!

Posted Oct 29, 2018
Isabelle
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First lesson was great. I learnt a lot.

Posted Sep 24, 2018
Mary A.
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I love my class with Shelia, she makes learning fun!!

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Shane
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Another great lesson. I can't believe that I have made as much progress as I have in only two lessons. Shelia gives the best direction and strategies. With her approach I am capable of getting more and more coordination between my left and right playing.

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Diana
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Does anyone know if she still has the location on Richey?

Posted Sep 2, 2018
Shane
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First lesson and I feel that she has provided me with excellent exercises to get both hands playing. She threads a lot of good theory into her teaching as well.

Posted Sep 1, 2018
Mary A.
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Posted Aug 1, 2018
Atticus
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Shelia is so awesome! She's also a natural born teacher, I'm looking forward to continuing learning the accordion, a lifelong dream, with her!

Posted Jul 26, 2018
Cindy
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Sheila was great. She has patience and very informative. Gives positive recognition. Looking forward to next week.

Posted Jul 12, 2018
Edward
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Very good instructor. She’s very patient and fluid with he student’s needs.

Posted Jun 1, 2018
Meredith F.
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best. teacher. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted Apr 13, 2018
Betty G.
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Shelia knows how to structure her lessons so that you can steadily build your skills and confidence. She is patient and flexible in her approach. She is the right teacher for me!

Posted Mar 28, 2018
Mary Jane W.
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Shelia is teaching this old dog new tricks (actually a new instrument.) I look forward to my lesson and the level of challenge is perfect.

Posted Mar 28, 2018
Mary Jane W.
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Posted Mar 14, 2018
Nik W.
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Spirited and enjoyable. Learned a something new already, More so than I have in past 6 months.

Posted Feb 28, 2018
Carter
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Great first lesson. Shiela is great teacher and really focused on form to keep me from forming bad habits.

Posted Feb 24, 2018
Meredith F.
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Posted Nov 17, 2017
Avraham F.
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fun! upbeat.

Posted Nov 3, 2017
Carol
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SHEILA LEE IS THE PERFECT TEACHER FOR ME. SHE KNOWS MUSIC THEORY AND ACCORDION TECHNIQUE NOT AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE!

Posted Oct 12, 2017
Sarah D.
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Shelia's awesome! Appreciate her patience and heart for music

Posted Jan 16, 2017
Marcia L.
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tired:)

Posted Jan 6, 2017
Meredith F.
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awesome. just awesome.

Posted Dec 16, 2016
Meredith F.
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awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted Dec 9, 2016
Clare
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Shelia knows every aspect of the Accordian and she is a great teacher- breaks down skills and understands teaching- very enthusiastic !

Posted Sep 27, 2016
michael L.
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Excellent instructor who is cheerful ,caring, and goes the extra mile to make sure you understand the material.Provided practice excerce notes before each class to prepare for a productive lesson.She is flexible with scheduling a class to suit you and give extra time to complete a task

Posted Jun 24, 2016
Jordan
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I am an advanced musician but a novice at accordion. Shelia has done an excellent job of providing materials that are interesting and fun for me, and the material moves forward at a logical pace. She makes her own arrangements and instructional materials. Shelia also has a sense of humor and a lot of enthusiasm. Lessons are fun. I highly recommend her.

Posted Apr 8, 2016
Alex
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Very knowledgable instructor with a good ear -- which is important if you're taking online classes. Has a huge repertoire of sheet music to share so you can focus on the type of music you like.

Posted Apr 8, 2016
Sterling S.
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Shelia has enabled me, in eleven months @ two lessons per month, to progress from an absolute beginner on my diatonic 2 row accordion to playing some 30 songs: polkas, waltzes, childrens, popular, folk music and gospel songs. She makes the learning process fun, interesting, and challenging. Shelia does this by arranging for my lessons printed music sheets designed to move me along to getting better. Her music arrangements are also harmonically beautiful beyond belief. You cannot go wrong choosing her to be your teacher.

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Jordan Breslow
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Very enthusiastic and practical, and the lesson was tailored specifically for my questions and my level of education. Shelia sent me materials to study prior to the lesson and a follow-up email with reminders. Great experience.

Posted Jan 3, 2016
Joseph Michalowitz
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She makes learning easy

Posted Nov 9, 2015
Emily W.
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Shelia's enthusiasm, patience and expertise are both inspiring and contagious! I look forward to every lesson and stay motivated to practice in between sessions, if only to watch her do her little happy dance each time I've mastered a new technique. She tailors the lessons based on the genre I told her I like best and is happy to slow down the pace in areas where I'm having difficulty. I highly recommend Shelia to anyone wishing to learn accordion from the best in the business!

Posted Aug 9, 2015

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Experience

Owner
Jun 2008 - Present

Houston Accordion Performers

I have now retired from the music school. I opened the music school in 2009 and have over 6 instructors and 125 accordion students. We also teach guitar, bajo, and bass. I write and arrange most of the lesson materials based on by experience with Palmer & Hughes Lessons books and years of teaching and performing. We sell and repair all brands of accordions - so we know how they work and and can fix anything you bring in.

Owner
Sep 1971 - May 1985

Shelia's Accordion Conservatory

I owned and operated another music school in Ohio for 14 years with over 10 instructors and over 300 piano keyboard accordion players. They competed nationally in solo and ensembles and appeared on national TV and even made a record.

Education

BA
Sep 1967 - May 1971

University of Texas

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Accordion & Teachers Guild International
Jan 1972
The ATG is strictly a nonprofit, noncommercial, educational organization and is governed by the teacher members and accordion professionals. The ATG has presented many important seminars, lectures and concerts in conjunction with its annual competition and festival and has brought the accordion to the attention of many top musicians and music educators across the country. The ATG has also been instrumental in promoting the acceptance of free bass accordion into several important universities and colleges where a student may work toward a degree with accordion as their major instrument.

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