Sheldon Rocha Leal

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Dr Sheldon Rocha Leal is the director of culture and music at Southdowns College in Pretoria, South Africa.

Southdowns College is a private college that forms part of the AdvTech group of schools. Leal holds a PhD in Music Industry and Curriculum Design from the University of the Free State as well as a Masters degree in Music Industry and Education and Honours degree in Music Education, Arts and Culture Management and Technology in Music Education from the University of Pretoria. He also holds a BA from UNISA in Law and Psychology.

Leal has been director at the school for over a decade. He also runs the school’s afternoon music academy which serve as a magnet for the discovery of talented individuals for the main school, as well as serving as a means to expand the music department to the wider community.

Previously he was the national head of sound engineering and music for EduCor and prior to that he was the head of popular music at the National School of the Arts. Leal sat on a committee that generated the present national music curriculum for GET, FET and HE as well as committees that established a youth arts festival in Johannesburg and doing research and hosting a show for the United Nations on the influence of South African on international music trends. He was also a part-time lecturer at Allenby and the University of Pretoria.

Leal has judged and adjudicated various music competitions such as the St Andrew’s Viebz Competition, the Radio Pulpit Gospel Competition, University of Pretoria Acapella Competition, the National Eisteddfod, Springs Eisteddfod, Randfontein Arts Festival and Nelspruit Eisteddfod. He also served as a vocal mentor on the Angolan version of The Voice.

Besides an educator, academic and music pedagogue, he is also a singer and songwriter and has written songs for artists such as RJ Benjamin, Karen of Idols and Lira. Leal is a registered member of SAMRO and has presented various talks and workshops at Moshito. He has also been a guest speaker at the IEB National Music Conference as well as the Nelspruit Arts Festival.

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At this time when we reflect on women and their rights I reflect on a pioneer & maverick in Music Education, Marianne Feenstra, someone who had a major impact on my career & who departed from us 2 weeks ago #RIP https://link.medium.com/Q9SkE10pJbb

I’ve always considered Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince my Trinity of Rock. They embody the invaluable traits that articulate into long term career success. These concepts are explored in my latest article https://link.medium.com/GNDRs5QNabb

I read many music biographies and have encountered this Rock history protagonist on various occasions. I, therefore, decided to research the story of this fascinating airplane and feature it in my latest article https://link.medium.com/wHjnQR5Hrab

Been reading articles in which authors speak out about the lack of money artists make on streaming platforms. The digital age has at least democratized the music business. The topic of my latest article. Enjoy https://link.medium.com/VgpCGGFNY9

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