Professor Jarritt Ahmed Sheel taught Sunny while at Jazz in LincolnCenter. He was an awesome mentor and person. He has left behind his beautiful wife and 2 very young children.
- Performances with Burning Spear, Bright Dog Red, the BLUTET, and the Freedom Now Project
- Recordings for SXSW EDU Conference and Festival (2018), Hip-Hop Music Ed Symposium (2018), National Association for Music Education Conference (2018), Association for Popular Music Education Conference (2016), International Society for Music Education Conference (2016), NYACTE/NYASTE Conference (2015), EdTPA National Conference (2014), and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference (2014)
- Instruments include trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, and turntables
Jarritt Ahmed Sheel was a fifth-year doctoral student in the Music and Music Education Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also taught at Berklee College of Music. As a professional musician, he had gone on tours all over the world and worked with a lot of high school students in Illinois, Florida, and New York.
Sheel has taught college-level classes on critical theory, art history, and democracy in the City University of New York system. He has also taught music at the Aspen Award–winning Valencia College, New York University, and has taught college-level classes on critical theory, art history, and democracy.
Sheel used to be in charge of the Youth Workshop Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He did this as part of the Education Department. His research was mostly about the hip-hop movement (its music, culture, and teaching methods) in music education and training for teachers. He is a strong supporter of arts education.
He is on the board of the Association for Popular Music Education and is on the Innovation Council of the National Association for Music Education. He is one of the people who started the music website Hip-Hop Music Ed.
Sheel enjoyed spending time with his family and friends when he was not working and was pleased to be a husband, father, and son.