Shelton Harden

Shelton Harden

Central Region
Little Rock, AR

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The performing arts play a vital role in developing students abilities in critical thinking, creativity, imagination and innovation. These capacities are generally recognized as core skills and competencies. By engaging all of the senses, music and theatre help to create a environment in which learning happens. I enjoy working with classroom teachers to explore ways to extend the basics of music and theatre skills the students are already learning. The primary tools I use to create extended teaching modules are storytelling and theatre improvisation (aka improv), and music activities using instruments such as hand percussion and ukulele. Helping students learn ways to tell their stories makes the learning experience more direct and personal. These methods give us the ability to evolve process into product (performance).


Upon completing a BME from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama Shelton spent a year at Disney World in two different shows: Kids of the Kingdom and The Pioneer Hall Dinner Show. After post graduate work in church music in Louisville, Kentucky the next years were spent both in theatre (Actors Equity Association), and choral and solo singing (American Guild of Musical Artists) in cities including Denver, Phoenix, Dallas and New York City. For almost 25 years in Arkansas he and is his wife, Victoria, owned and operated a retail music store and audio/video design and installation business. During those years Shelton was able to continue his passion for acting, singing and teaching, mostly staying close to home at the South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, Arkansas as well as enjoying opportunities with area colleges, churches and orchestras.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: Open space for movement and games; electrical outlet; materials and supplies as determined by residency.