Palm Springs Music Instruction and
Harp Studies at Mt. San Jacinto College
Are you looking for
conservatory-quality music lessons
in Southern California?
Whether you are interested in
learning for recreation or to
become a professional, a child or
adult, it is vital to have a qualified
and caring teacher to guide you in
your journey. Education and
lifelong learning are
commitments of Dr. Sheldon,
who currently offers private
instruction in pedal and Celtic
harp, piano, music theory,
composition and music history
from her Palm Springs studio
and, in certain cases, will provide
instruction in your home or via
Skype. Regardless of your age or
skill level, if you are passionate
about music and serious in
furthering your abilities, please
inquire as to how Dr. Sheldon can
help you in achieving your goals!
Fundraising concert with harp student
Once the youngest college professor in the world, Dr. Sheldon has taught at the University of Arizona
as the Graduate Harp Teaching Assistant to Dr. Carrol McLaughlin and has been an instructor at the
College of the Desert and Norco College. Dr. Sheldon is currently an Assistant Professor at
Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, CA, where she teaches music theory, history, harp and piano. She serves on the Membership and Part-Time Faculty Issues Committees of the California Community College Association (CCA), on their board as District H Director, and as a delegate to the State Council of the California Teachers Association (CTA).

In addition, she is the vice president of the
Inland Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society. Having been a Teaching Artist with the McCallum Theatre she has educated as well as performed for elementary school classrooms and provided professional development opportunities for teachers. Upon request, Dr. Sheldon is available as a guest lecturer or concert artist for educational institutions or groups on a variety of topics in music. Celtic harps are also available for rent- please inquire as to availability.
"Dr. Vanessa Sheldon is the consummate performer and teacher.
She’s expressive and precise in her performances, and patient in her role as teacher." Ken Glaser, producer and
videographer.


"As my professor I feel that you have done a great job in guiding me through my musical journey. Your lectures are
very thorough, easy to understand, and enjoyable to listen to. If any questions have ever arisen, you are always very
accessible and prompt in your response. I can say that there really is not much more that I could ask of from a
teacher!" Jennifer A., Norco College graduate.
"I am a composer. I wrote a trio for violin, clarinet and piano. I wanted to transcribe the piano part for harp, but didn't know how to notate the music to take advantage of the marvelous sounds a harp can produce. Also, the pedal markings, glissandos, etc. seemed mysterious to me. I wanted there to be no doubt that a harpist could read and play what I wrote. Dr. Sheldon was my dream come true! She understood exactly what I wanted and assisted me in transcribing. It was obvious that she is a wealth of information and is able to make it easily understood. We set a timeline and completed the work on time. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Sheldon to composers, or any musician, who wants any assistance with harp music." Peggy Falkenstein
Harp students at Diamond Valley Middle School