Dena Condron

Dena C.

Warminster, PA

About Dena C.

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Dena teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2009
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Overview

Dena is a professional vocalist, teacher and music therapist. With more than 30 years experience as a singer in a variety of styles including jazz, opera, musical theatre and classic rock, Dena brings a wealth of performance experience to her teaching. Her more than 20 years as a music therapist brings a flexible, patient, joyful style to her teaching; helping students express themselves through their music and leaving them looking forward to what comes next. Dena has worked with students of all ages and levels of training; she has also developed teaching techniques that have proven effective for students with a variety of disabilities such as Asperger's Syndrome, Down Syndrome and speech delay. Dena will shortly be releasing her first CD of children's songs; energetic and fun original songs that teach and entertain.



Education



Bachelor of Arts in Music, State University of New York at Potsdam



Master of Music Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA



Training



Dena began playing piano at the age of four, she participated regularly in piano guild competitions and performances. She began voice lessons at the age of 13, she has traveled with performance choirs to Germany, Austria and Poland. She was a regular participant in All State Choirs and was chosen to perform for the American Choral Director's Association Choir while in college.



As a performer, Dena has appeared professionally with the Opera Theatre of Rochester and the Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She has performed at jazz clubs and as the lead singer of the classic rock band "No Mules," a popular local group featured at numerous fundraisers, First Night festivals and civic club events. She has played roles in numerous local theatre productions such as "Sweeney Todd," "Kiss Me Kate," "Company," and "Cinderella." She looks forward to opening up performance possibilities to her students and building their skills for a lifetime of musical memories.



As a teacher, Dena has taught for over 25 years; her students have included local DJ's, college students, 'Tweens,' young and 'not so young' adults as well as children and adults with learning differences.

*** Lesson Details ***
Dena approaches lessons with a sense of humor and fun; her ability to be flexible allows her to shape the curriculum according to the student. She uses several of the well respected piano curricula (Bastien, Alfred, etc.), tailoring lessons to students specific skills and challenges. Students should expect to play their instrument from the first lesson, building their reading skills, eye hand coordination, playing or singing skills and understanding of music theory gradually and confidently.

Subjects:

Piano- Lessons tailored to individual students, can include music reading, skill building and improvisation. Lessons are drawn from a variety of teaching sources including standard piano method books, music of interest to individual students and adapted music (e.g. simplified).


Voice- Lessons are tailored to individual students, can include introductory vocal technic, coaching for experienced students, vocal improvisation and singing for stage. Music is drawn from teacher recommendations and student preference.

Studio:

Suburban Philadelphia (Northeast, Montgomery and Bucks County)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard with weighted keys

*** Specialties ***
Musical theatre, Adaptive music lessons (for learning differences).

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Dena teaches Singing, Guitar & Piano lessons in Horsham, PA. Dena is a professional vocalist, teacher and music therapist with more than 30 years experience as a singer in a variety of styles including jazz, opera, musical theater and classic rock.

Experience

Licensed Lead Clinician

Aug 2014 - Present
Special People in the Northeast

Provide traditional therapy for children and teens on the autism spectrum and adults and children with a variety of mental health issues in an outpatient clinic as well as music therapy for adults with a dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental health issues in a residential setting.

Behavioral Health Supervisor/Music Therapist

Sep 1993 - Jul 2014
Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy

Provided music therapy services to adults and children with a variety of disabilities, conducted assessment for incoming clients, supervised behavioral health program.

Music therapist/Music teacher

Sep 2008 - Jun 2010
Touch of Music

Provided music therapy and music lessons for children and adults.

Music Therapist

Sep 1998 - May 2010
Doylestown Conservatory of Music

Delivery of music therapy treatment to adults and children with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities.

Education

Master of Music Therapy

Sep 1986 - May 1993
Temple University

Bachelor of Music

Sep 1982 - May 1985
SUNY Potsdam

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor

Feb 2003
PA State Board of Therapists & Professional Counselors

State licensure to practice as a professional counselor

Music Therapist-Board Certified

Oct 1996
Certification Board for Music Therapists

Awarded on successful completion of national exam

Awards

Certificate of Merit in Music Therapy Research

May 1993
Temple University

Affiliations

Certification Board for Music Therapists

Jan 1996
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The mission of the Certification Board for Music Therapists is to ensure a standard of excellence in the development, implementation, and promotion of an accredited certification program for safe and competent music therapy practice

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16 Reviews on Dena C.

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Charlie M. Sep 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Dena was great! My daughter is pretty bashful but she warmed up quickly and can't wait for her second piano lesson.
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Ryan Sep 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Dena was very kind, patient, professional and knowledgable. We look forward to more lessons with her.
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Vivian K. May 1, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I am glad that we found Dena as my daughter's voice teacher. I like the way that she teaches. The detail techniques she taught are very help my daughter.
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bruni V. Mar 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dena is a wonderful teacher. My daughter who is now eight has been taking piano lessons for over a year. In that time my daughter can not only read and play, but now has a real appreciation for instrumental music. Dena is a very patient and thorough in communicating both theory and technic to children.
It is not difficult to see that her education and professional experience enable her to effectively teach music to young minds. She is an exceptional teacher!!
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Josephine R. Jul 11, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dena is an excellent piano teacher, very patient & flexible. My daughter has improved a lot since we started taking lessons from her.
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Laura C. Dec 3, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
So happy we found Dena!

My 9 yr old daughter loves her singing lessons with Dena! She loves to sing so much, I thought it would be a good idea to have her get lessons. She was nervous at first, but she really enjoys the lessons, and she's definitely improved under Dena's direction. Dena is warm and friendly, and yet professional at the same time. We're very pleased, and I would recommend her to anyone!
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Rohini P. Oct 31, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Has tons of patience

Dena has lots of patience and has helped my son overcome a lot of obstacles. She is very good with children of younger ages and understands age related challenges.
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vickie Z. May 7, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Teacher Appreciation Day

Zoey loves taking voice lessons with Miss Dena. She looks forward to her classes with excitement. Zoey is learning the importance of the mechanics of singing and how practicing helps her grow as a singer. Miss Dena's teaching technique is always positive. As her mother, I am truly pleased with our choice of Miss Dena as her voice teacher!
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ReemaK Sep 17, 2011
Great Lessons

Great teacher. Tailors lessons well. Lots of patience. Prompt feedbacks and works very well with kids.
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DanG1 Aug 12, 2011
I have watched my daughter make huge strides with Dena. My daughter loves working with her. She is a tremendous vocal instructor.
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