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Meet our instructors:

Shelia Lee
Shelia is the owners of Houston Accordion Performers. She is the backbone of the accordion instruction offered by Heritage Arts Productions. Shelia has played the accordion since 5 yrs of age and studied with Willard Palmer, Galla Rini, and other legendary accordionists.

Shelia had the benefit of taking lessons as a youth through an accordion studio that offered mulitple opportunities for her to gain performance experience both as a soloist and with professional bands.

She brings years of music instruction experience and brilliant capacity to train and encourage young and adult accordion students and performers.

Shelia Lee & Mark Ropel in cooperation with Heritage Arts Productions, present live Internet instruction weekly via www.ustream.com - seach for PH2 Accordion Lesson or PH3 Accordion Lesson and view the saved lessons - and view the blog section of www.texasaccordionnet.ning.com for the written instructions and sheetmusic for these lessons. ALL FREE.

Robert Rodriquez
Robert is a dynamic accordionist and an outstanding instructor. Robert teaches in Spanish and Engish and also teaches Bajo. He tours extensively with several bands. Robert can be reached for lessons at Guitar Center on Yale in the Heights of Houston.



Danny Blanco
Juan Daniel Blanco is the studio accordion repairman and outstanding Vallenato/Cumbia accordionist. He recently won the National Title for Diatonic Accordion from Roland and was awarded a free accordion.

Danny also teaches and performs with his own professional band. He is the "Accordion Doctor" and master tuner. He can be reached at Hermes Music, North I-45 and West Road.

Mario Pedone, PhD
Mario Pedone is from Valenzano a small town near Bari, in Southern Italy. In an effort to improve the family's financial situation the Pedone's immigrated to Valencia, Venezuela in 1959.

He studied with Professor Roberto Ruscitti, a renowned classical Accordionist. In 1972 Mario graduated as a "CONCERTISTA" from the school "ACADEMIA DE ACORDEON SMITH". In 1976 Mario graduated with a degree of "PROFESSOR OF ACCORDION" (the US equivalent of a PhD) from the same school.

After graduation Mario founded his own accordion school " ACADEMIA DE ACORDEON LATINA " where he had over 125 students. Most of his former students are now playing professionally. Mario was also member and co-founder of the " ORQUESTA LATINA " together with famous Spanish singer Esteban Abarca and performed all over Venezuela.

In 1981, Mario moved to Sugar Land, Texas. He continues to perform professionally in many countries and is currently performing on the keyboard on weekends at The Old Heidelberg, a local German Restaurant in Houston accompanied by singer Liberty Palileo.

Mario has his own recording studio in Sugar Land where he has arranged and recorded hundreds of tunes including many of his own compositions. His musical range includes, but is not limited to Classical, Latin, European, and American Standards. He also produces CDs and cassettes for other musicians.

Mario can be reached through his email - Mario Pedone - marioaccordion@gmail.com.

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