Zelda Sheldon
Nashville, TN
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Zelda Sheldon

Zelda S.

Nashville, TN
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Zelda S. can help you with Accent Reduction training whatever your native language is. With her easy to follow activities and exercises she can help you be better understood when you are speaking and also better understand others.

Zelda is helping students across the USA including top level professionals, performers and artists, front-line customer service personnel, to teachers and trainers and people of all ages and all walks of life and family cultures.

The lessons are interactive, fun and effective and you'll love the experience building skills with your voice, speaking and communications.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING
"I enjoyed all my lessons with Zelda and I have learned so much. I learned how to pronounce words correctly and reduce my accent which was important to me in my work in technology. This has helped me come out of my shell and be more confident talking with others especially in my job." KH, Edmonton, Canada

"Zelda has helped me reduce my accent and speak more clearly. As a Chinese born teacher in the arts world I was finding it difficult to speak English and be understood. People would always ask me to repeat myself and tell me they couldn't understand me. Zelda's lessons were so helpful, and I saw a huge difference not only in my speaking voice but also in my singing voice and feel so much more confident speaking with others. Plus she is an amazing person to work with and a fun teacher." NC, NYC USA.

About Zelda S.

Zelda has been teaching private lessons for over 12 years and is currently available to teach weekly voice, performance and music lessons online and at her home studio in Nashville, TN, USA.

She provides a dynamic, student-structured training curriculum for voice, singing, confident speaking, accent reduction, conversational and professional English and Speech, ear training, performing, ukulele, bass and songwriting. She shares her passion for creativity and lifelong learning.

Her lessons are refreshingly different - centering on the individual student and their unique needs and has helped many students improve their abilities for professional communications, performance, auditions, media and workplace interviews, presentations and events, competitions, working in a team, joining and playing in a band, creating a dynamic set list, recording audio and video and a lot more.

HOW ZELDA'S LESSONS ARE STRUCTURED
Zelda's coaching is student-centered. Lesson ONE is where you discuss your goals and then your voice is measured for both the coach and student to clearly see the baseline of where you are now so that the progress you are making each week is clearly seen and heard.

Then in the following lessons the foundational voice tools are introduced, explained and demonstrated, which you then practice yourself and then show what you've learned by demonstrating your understanding and ability to use the new tool.

You then apply all the tools you are learning one by one to the material and projects so that you can master each tool and technique in real-life application. You are given homework to help you progress even faster and your success is monitored so you can see how far you've come.

Students love this super-organized and systematic approach to learning to master using their voice because they can easily see their breakthroughs, successes and progress each lesson.

WHO ZELDA WORKS WITH
She's worked with speakers and vocalists of all kinds - from all over the world with both both professional and personal learning goals.

Her speakers and singers include English as a second language speakers, professional and touring artist singers, soloists, lead singers, karaoke singers, duos, choirs, singer songwriters as well as songwriters who don't call themselves singers.

Zelda is a voice professional performing as a speaker as well as singer songwriter, music and performance coach, author and creator of the highly effective voice warm up program 'Zelda's Voice Warm Ups' for anyone who uses their voice - teachers, coaches, actors, singers and is available on itunes for purchase to use anytime for keeping your voice in peak condition.

As an award-winning songwriter Zelda and has been a performing musician for over 35 years and has enjoyed a well-rounded career in communications and entertainment including live performing, studio performing and directing and music education. She works in recording studios with professional speakers, singers and musicians across all the pop music genres and her award winning works continue to be broadcast in television worldwide. An expert in her field, Zelda looks forward to helping new students enjoy their learning experience and prepare for the many opportunities that come.

Her students range in age and include adults of all ages, teens, children and a wide range of skill levels. She works with speakers and singers, musicians, songwriters and producers across many genres and styles.

Some of the musical styles she regularly teaches include: Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Gospel, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical. Broadway and theater.

Students love Zelda's fun, encouraging and systemized lesson format and enjoy reaching learning milestones and achieving their goals.

What do you want to do with your voice?

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Zelda is a professional speaker, singer, songwriter and coach with mission - to change the way people think about creative talent. She knows first-hand that when students get into the right headspace they can make amazing breakthroughs with their voice, their careers and themselves in all areas of their life.

Zelda believes it’s not just about talent you're born with - but rather passion to master easy-to-learn skills to advance to the next level.

She’s right at home with people at any level from raw beginners to shy speakers and singers to high level professionals. Her encouraging style helps speakers, singers, musicians and songwriters develop their unique voice for any situation - workplace, live performance, audio and video recording, auditions, presentations and any type of event.

If this resonates with you - then you’ll love lessons with Zelda.

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Shashi S.
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Zelda is very encouraging instructor. I could see lot of improvement in myself. Thanks to her, I have not only improve my accent, but also helped me to gain confidence to go out and speak with Native speaker .

Posted May 17, 2021
Randy D.
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My sessions have been nothing but fun! I started playing the ukulele to relieve stress and classes with Zelda has made that possible. Going over chords, correct finger positioning, tempo, and playing popular songs has been exciting and I don't feel pressured. Each lesson is created to match my pace and gradually becomes more difficult as I improve. But, her instruction allows me to pick up the new skills with ease. Since taking classes, I feel I finally have a outlet to relieve stress from work/family through the rhythmic sounds of my ukulele. I would highly recommend this instructor for novice or veteran music lovers.

Posted May 7, 2021
Kenneth C.
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As a beginner, Zelda makes lessons fun. She has a great singing voice as well. But she really helps to breakdown the components to make playing the Uke. From rhythm to strumming to chords, she helps make it easy and a real joy.

Ken C.

Posted May 3, 2021
Suzanne B.
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thank you for teaching me!

Posted May 3, 2021
Kat
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It was great! We did a lot in the 30 minutes, can’t wait for our next session!

Posted Mar 30, 2021
Kenneth C.
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Zelda may be the greatest instructor ever, but this is my only music instructor ever. Very good and helpful to cover all the aspects of the instrument and music. She also made it fun.

Posted Mar 22, 2021
Shashi S.
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I enjoyed my class with Zelda. She is very encouraging teacher and her teaching style is fun and engaging.

Posted Jan 10, 2021
Amber
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Really nice and helpful.

Posted May 27, 2020
Joy W.
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I just had my first voice lesson today. I'm really excited about the warm-up routine and learning more from Zelda!!

Posted May 6, 2020
Alexandra (Zelda)
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My step daughter just completed her first lesson and she LOVES Miss Zelda! So glad we found her online.

Posted Apr 26, 2020
Amy
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Our 9 year old daughter took her very first ukulele lesson with Zelda and she was really amazing! She was very patient and had a fun, upbeat, friendly personality. We are definitely adding more lessons than originally intended and we'd love Zelda to give her singing lessons as well. We are really excited! Thank you, Zelda!

Posted Apr 25, 2020
Nuo
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I have attended 4 classes from Zelda. She is the perfect teacher! I learn from warm up, to breath tool, I love her class and I love to sing. I can see how much I am progress in her class. I really enjoy it! If you love to sing, I high recommend her class.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Jen S.
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I continue to enjoy and benefit from my lessons with Zelda so much. It is fun that she's open to shifting gears and that she has a background in recording to support my endeavors in that direction.

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Jen S.
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I signed up for voice lessons with Zelda because, as an experienced singer, I was in a rut and needed a refresh. The technical aspects of lessons, like the warm-ups and the voice measurement have been fun and helpful and the coaching for goals I can set and homework I can do are exactly what I need!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
kim H.
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That’s exactly what i was looking for

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Inna
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Zelda is a very attentive and knowledgeable instructor. She helps me to reduce my Russian accent.

Posted Aug 11, 2019
Taly H.
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I have really enjoyed Zelda’s class!! She is brilliant on what she does.

Posted Jul 13, 2019
Wesley
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Zelda is a fantastic singing teacher. I felt a good vibe when I read her bio. I started out doing a half hour lessons and changed it to hour long lessons on the first lesson. She has helped me advance in my skills. She makes it relaxing, right off the bat, when you walk in and she offer's you tea. She is very patient and helpful. I've taken five lessons and signed up for five more.

Posted Apr 16, 2019
Jennifer
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I had always wanted to see if I had any vocal talent whatsoever. I met with Zelda and she was patient and took me through the steps to check my range and abilities. I was very nervous as I had never sang in front of anyone before and she made me feel confident and comfortable as I stepped out of my comfort zone for the first time.
I will definitely go back to continue my work with her in the future when the timing is right! Thank you so much Zelda!!!

Posted Jan 29, 2019
Renee
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I loved getting lessons from Zelda! Her bright bubbly personality is so welcoming. She greeted me each lesson with a cup of herbal tea to sooth the vocal cords and we then worked on a series of great vocal techniques that have helped me maximise my singing potential.
This has subsequently led to me being a professional singer and touring extensively both nationally and internationally in a number of different singing styles and genres (including Jazz/Classical/Pop/Rock/Folk/Country).
Her safe methods build vocal control and stamina; as well as develop world class expressive and stylistic techniques. She manages all of this while also making lessons fun!

Posted Jan 28, 2019
TJ
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Zelda is an AMAZING teacher with so much knowledge about the human voice and proper singing technique. As a professional singer, I use her vocal warm-up EVERY DAY. I love it so much that I even share it with friends and on tour with fellow singers. Zelda also taught me skills to continue the longevity of my voice and help me massage my vocal chords after a long vocal workout. She is by far the best vocal instructor I've had, incredibly engaging and so very talented. I highly recommended her vocal training for any level singer.

Posted Jan 28, 2019
Susan
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Zelda is the most amazing voice coach. Thoughtful, encouraging and incredibly knowledgeable, her rich experience in the industry and her empathy as an artist, songwriter and teacher are invaluable for anyone wanting to take their performances to the next level. Supported by an invaluable series of voice exercises designed to protect and strengthen the vocal chords, together with an innovative system of song interpretation, Zelda's unique approach to unveiling the natural voice and revealing the artist within gives her students a special kind of confidence.

Posted Jan 28, 2019
Elizabeth
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Zelda is a great teacher and always provides a positive experience. She gives specific instructions and feedback on how to improve while still being super encouraging and supportive.

Posted Jan 27, 2019
Caroline Marshall
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Not only is Zelda a pleasure to be around, she is also a fantastic vocal coach. For me she was able to really pin down the areas of my voice that I struggled with and assess my range and pitch in a variety of ways so I could track my success. Having taken vocal lessons before from other teachers, I could see a definite difference with Zelda. Other coaches will waste your money and time with just hanging out or talking, but Zelda provides real value and results from day one. I 100% recommend her.

Posted Jan 25, 2019
Trenton
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Zelda is a brilliant! If you are wanting to sing for a living you need a great coach. Zelda will help you in every area ... hiring her was one of the best decisions I have made !

Posted Jan 25, 2019
Nick
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Zelda's knowledge about the human voice is astounding.... she makes the lessons challenging but also matches her students pace and understands where they're at.

Everyone sings differently and Zelda understands this and adapts her program to make sure her students receive the most benefits. Highly recommended!

Posted Jan 23, 2019
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Experience

Certified Trainer and Training Curriculum Designer
May 2012 - Dec 2014

How To Sing School

Curriculum and training modules design for all ages of students to achieve high level learning outcomes.

Ukulele Coach
Jan 2010 - Sep 2012

Ukulele Lessons Today

Curriculum design and implementation for ukulele students of all ages and levels

Vocal Coach
Jan 2006 - Sep 2012

Sydney Singing Lessons

Curriculum design and implementation for singing students of all ages and levels

Early Childhood Specialist Performer
Jan 2007 - Aug 2012

Ukulele Baby

With her brand Ukulele Baby she is a specialist performer in early childhood music and movement classes and concerts for ages one through five years. She has performed in a wide variety of shows including major Festivals, council and community centers, libraries, early childhood centers, family-friendly venues and private parties. She also designed a weekly curriculum for 12-months and facilitated each week for 60 children ages 2 to 6 in her hometown Sydney Australia and has received rave reviews for her shows.

Education

Master Life Coach Certification
Jan 2020 - Dec 2020

Transformation Academy

Stress Management Coach Certification
Jan 2020 - Nov 2020

Get Results Coach Academy

Law
May 2017 - May 2017

Harvard

Bachelor Arts Communications maj Psychology
Feb 2001 - Nov 2005

University of New England

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Stress Management Coach
Oct 2019

Get Results Academy

Who better to talk about Stress Management coaching with Zelda than someone who has experienced it first hand themselves. "Zelda was like shining a light in a dark corner, bringing things to the forefront and helping me understand myself better. I'd certainly recommend Zelda as a trusted guide leading me through the process. I liked the interactive approach. process, the writing -the different activity - the charts, drawings, timelines, I looked forward to seeing each week what was new and different in the activities. It's helped me understand my beliefs that don'' serve me, helped me put words to beliefs that I couldn't find words for, helped me feel safe, help me create the emotional life that was calm and at peace.It addressed my compromising beliefs that kept me stuck.  took me to a place of more power. This was amazing - thank you so much. I'd recommend Zelda's coaching to others if you are ready to look inside yourself and participate and find new beliefs that serve you in growth."
Workplace Training and Assessment Certificate IV
Oct 2004

TAFE

This government program enables teachers, trainers and coaches to create, implement and assess student-centered training across multiple disciplines to a vocational level.

Awards

Couples Choice Wedding Officiant
Jan 2020

Wedding Pro

'The Elegant Solution' TV Series Song of the Year Nomination
Nov 2002

AGSC Australian Guild of Screen Composers

Affiliations

Folk Alliance International
Sep 2017
To nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.
BMI
Feb 2013
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
SESAC
Feb 2013
SESAC currently licenses the public performances of more than 400,000 songs on behalf of its 30,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, which include such familiar names as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, Charli XCX (PRS), Disclosure (PRS), Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons (PRS), Lady Antebellum, The Avett Brothers, Shirley Caesar, Paul Shaffer and Thompson Square. SESAC has long represented the music on some of TV’s biggest shows including Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Dateline NBC, Dr. Phil, Seinfeld, and The Doctors among many others and is the PRO of choice among many of Hollywood's most sought-after film and television composers including Christophe Beck, Danny Lux, Jon Ehrlich, Dennis C. Brown, Bruce Miller and Paul Shaffer among many others.
ASCAP
Jan 2012
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
Nashville Songwriters Association International
Feb 2008
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

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