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In 2013 Shelton conceptualized a never before platform, Concert Pitch, for amateur musicians to exhibit their skills. Held every Thursday at the Rosary Church - Souto Maior Community Centre, Caranzalem, amateur musicians were provided with a stage, equipment, instruments, accompaniment and an audience to perform. These were non- competitive events where everyone went home a winner. Dozens of musicians and singers took part in these well attended and lively evenings and gained the confidence to perform in front of a live audience. In between performances the audience was kept entertained with music related quiz questions involving participation from non- musicians as well. Professional musicians also performed as guest artists to motivate the novices.


The huge success prompted Shelton to continue Concert Pitch in 2014.


Concert Pitch
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In 2003 Shelton started a full-fledged music academy named after his  grandfather Maestro Fernando who was the 'mestri' (parish music  teacher) in Caranzalem, St. Cruz and Taleigao. Children from all over  Goa enrolled for classes in guitar, keyboard, violin, percussion etc.  Alumini from Maestro Fernando Music Academy have gone forth to  win accolades for their performances. The Academy trains students to  answer exams of Trinity College of Music and Associated Board of  Royal Schools of Music, London. Students have consistently scored  distinctions. With a drive to motivate his faculty/teachers and students Shelton goes  beyond the instruments themselves and into the theory, history and  evolution of music from pre-historic bone flutes to modern electronic  synthesizers, from Neumes to Modern notation. Audio visual aids  include video clips of classic international musicians and performances  to educate and inspire the students. Recently Maestro Fernando Music Academy took up another challenge  and introduced group sessions for very young children to appreciate the  lexicon of the language of music.