About Sheila Dacus

  • Master of Music, Southern Methodist University (TX)
    • Major in Piano Pedagogy
    • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
    • Major Teachers:  Alfred Mouledous (piano); Louise Bianchi and David Karp (pedagogy)
    • Instructor, SMU Piano Preparatory Department
 
  • Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, University of Jamestown (ND)
    • Majors in Applied Piano and Music Education; Minor in Religion 
    • College Fellow in Music
    • Presser Music Scholar
    • President’s Key (top-ranking graduate)
 
  • Music Teachers National Association Permanent Professional Certificate in piano (NCTM)
 
  • Ruggero Piano Teacher Merit Award, 2016
 
  • Further Study
  • Private study with Karen Halverhout, UMKC Conservatory professor emerita
  • Suzuki and Kindermusik training; Bradley Sowash Creative Keys Workshop
  • Numerous seminars, conferences, master classes, and webinars
 
  • Professional Affiliations            
    • Music Teachers National Association
    • North Carolina Music Teachers Association (Secretary; Executive Board; Piano Performance Festival Repertoire Selection)
    • Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (Immediate Past President)
    • MusicLink Teacher
 
  • College Instructor
    • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (NC): Basic Musicianship, Sight Singing
    • Wayne Community College (NC): Applied Piano
    • Mount Olive College (NC): Music Appreciation
    • Blinn College (Texas): Applied Piano, Class Piano
 
  • Adjudicator
    • Raleigh Area Federation Music Festival
    • Cary Apex Piano Teachers Association Sonatina Festival
    • Durham Music Teachers Association Piano Festival​
    • NCMTA District Piano Performance Festival
    • Music Academy South Ensemble Festival​
    • ACSI Piano Festival
    • Cary School of Music Piano Festival
    • Durham Music Teachers Association Nakarai/Withers Piano Competition
    • Missouri Baptist Keyboard Festival
    • Raleigh Conservatory of Music​
    • Blinn College Music Festival
 
  • Accompanist
    • North Carolina Charter School Choral Festival
    • Franklin Academy High School Musical Theater, Choral Groups, and Soloists
    • NCMTA Vocal Performance Festival
 
  • Current Positions
    • Adjunct Professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Pianist, Grace Baptist Church, Wake Forest

Music has always had a central role in Sheila Dacus's life.  A North Dakota native, she started piano lessons with her mother at the age of five and began playing for church services and accompanying school choirs at age twelve. 

Mrs. Dacus has taught group and private piano to preschool through college level students for over 35 years in studios in North Dakota, Texas, Kansas and North Carolina.  She is an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is Immediate Past President of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association, presently serves on the executive board of  the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and has served on the board of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, Kansas City Federated Music Teachers, She was founder of the Brenham (Texas) Area Music Teachers Association. Mrs. Dacus has directed adult, youth and children’s choirs, hand bells and piano and instrumental ensembles. She regularly attends conferences, workshops, seminars, and webinars to remain current with trends in pedagogy and serves as a church pianist, accompanist, adjudicator, and collaborative pianist in the community. 

Several of her students have earned the Guild Paderewski (10-year) Gold Medal and the Guild High School Diploma in Piano. She has had students earn top prizes in the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association Young Artist Auditions competitions, achieve the highest level ratings in the NCMTA State Piano Performance Festival, the KCMTA Fall Festival and KMTA Music Progressions, and compete in the MTNA auditions. Several former students have pursued music degrees and careers, while many others have continued in music for personal enjoyment and as church musicians. 

Mrs. Dacus is married and mom to three grown children and grandmother to two beautiful girls. She enjoys reading, gardening, and travel.