A native of Northern California, Shelby has studied classical piano since the age of six. With a talented musician as a father, Shelby grew up participating in many musical functions. In elementary school, she starting singing in school and church choirs and picked up the violin and viola. In high school, Shelby actively participated in her church by singing, playing keyboard, and leading worship. She also sang in a community chorus, performing a variety of Broadway hits, and started teaching piano in her home.
In 2010, Shelby moved to Chicago and received her bachelor’s in music, with an emphasis in piano, from Moody Bible Institute. After graduating, Shelby briefly lived in Seattle, where she taught beginning and intermediate piano. Currently, she volunteers at a Presbyterian church in Skokie, singing in the church choir and performing piano preludes.
Shelby strives to incorporate a well-rounded musical approach for all of her students, fostering an experience that is fun and educational. She believes music is an irreplaceable, energizing, and lifelong pursuit. Her patient approach motivates and encourages her students. She strives to elevate their talents so they can create, grow, and preserve the wonderful world of music, finding their own voice along the way.
Shelby loves literature, writing and jazz. Claude Debussy is her favorite composer, Charles Dickens is her favorite author, and her family and friends are the dearest people in her life.