About Sheila Dacus


  • Master of Music, Southern Methodist University (TX)
    • Major in Piano Pedagogy
    • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
    • Major Teachers:  Alfred Mouledous, Louise Bianchi, David Karp
    • 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 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 (Board Member)
    • Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (President)
    • MusicLink Teacher
  • College Instructor
    • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (NC): Music Theory, Sight Singing
    • Wayne Community College (NC): Applied Piano
    • Mount Olive College (NC): Music Appreciation
    • Blinn College (Texas): Applied Piano, Class Piano
  • Adjudicator
    • 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 MTA Nakarai/Withers Piano Competition
    • Missouri Baptist Keyboard Festival
    • Raleigh Conservatory of Music
    • Blinn College Music Festival
  • Current Positions
    • Adjunct Instructor Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Assistant Pianist, Grace Baptist Church, Wake Forest 
    • Accompanist, North Carolina Charter School Choral Festival


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 30 years in studios in North Dakota, Texas, Kansas and North Carolina.  She is an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and previously taught at Wayne Community College and Mount Olive College (NC) and Blinn College (TX). She is currently President of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association, has served on the board of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, Kansas City Federated Music Teachers and the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and 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 workshops and seminars 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 receive prizes in the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association Young Artist Auditions competitions, achieve the highest level ratings in the NCMTA State Contest-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. She enjoys reading, gardening, and travel.  She and her husband, Stephen,are thrilled to be new grandparents.