Please enjoy this Blog – it is designed for the Beginner to Advanced Intermediate Accordionist whom desire to embellish their current accordion performance level. Shelia does not profess to be a teacher of International Award Winning Students – she is simply a GOOD TEACHER for playing GOOD ACCORDION and HAVING FUN while you learn!
Want to Hear Her Play? – https://myspace.com/shelialee/music/songs
Shelia Spracklen Lee is a unique accordionist. She has played the accordion her entire life and has operated a music school twice – one for 14 years in Dayton Ohio under the name of Shelia’s Accordion Conservatory – where she had over 300 students that competed at the ATG and other local competitions. Her advanced group called the Spitfires – won several National Titles in Pop Band, Open Band, Virtuoso Band, and Showband.
In Ohio – she had her own combo that performed on average 4 times weekly – Standards and Pop with ethnic thrown in when needed. She also strolled in various German and Italian Restaurants. She relocated back to her hometown of Houston in 1992 – where the accordion went into a closet – for the lack of finding a good band to play with and a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
In 2008 – after a devastating Hurricane (IKE) – took her home, her job (computer instructor at University of Texas Medical Branch), and her savings (remember the stock market crash Sept 2008) – Shelia had to do some major changes in her life.
She opened Houston Accordion Performers – in 2009 – and currently has 6 teachers and about 125 students on Piano, Chromatic (B & C) and Diatonic accordion. In 5 short years – she has also authored many instructional DVDs and books for the diatonic accordion as well as a complete FREE Video series teaching the Palmer & Hughes Lesson Book 2 & 3.
Shelia loves to TEACH. Shelia loves to share the fun she has on the accordion. Her idle was Sylvia Marie! Oh – her enthusiasm for performance. AND another idle – Joan Sommers – Oh her ability to teach such fantastic performers – and still PLAY herself at over 80 years old!
Shelia has been immersed in Tex/Mex music for the past 5 years and this BLOG will be a BREATHE of FRESH AIR for her. AND – Shelia knows herself – if she promises you this Blog – with all the exercises and songs – she will be FORCED to do it.
SOOO please join in the FUN – and let her know what you want – she will love to help you become the accordionist you want to be!!
AND remember – though this is a LABOR OF LOVE – Shelia still needs to EAT! SO for the simple price of one private lesson per month – you can help support this site and further the efforts of Shelia to contribute these fantastic accordion arrangements and exercises.