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Dena C.
Warminster, Pennsylvania
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Lessons are tailored according to the student's ability. Method books are generally encouraged but are supplemented by materials based on student interest and teacher recommendation. Adaptive materials can be created based on student need.
About Dena C.

Dena is a professional vocalist, teacher and music therapist. With more than 40 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 nearly 30 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 11, 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 cover band "No Mules," a popular local group featured at numerous fundraisers, First Night festivals and civic club events. For more than ten years, she has been singing with a local auditioned choir that performs classical, gospel and Broadway music, appearing as a soloist at their annual fundraiser. Dena performs as a church soloist on a regular basis, singing both sacred and secular music. 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 *** Weekly and bi-weekly online lessons for students 10 and over, in-studio lessons for those who are fully vaccinated. 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 technique, 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 C.
Warminster, Pennsylvania
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Lessons are tailored according to the student's ability. Method books are generally encouraged but are supplemented by materials based on student interest and teacher recommendation. Adaptive materials can be created based on student need.
About Dena C.

Dena is a professional vocalist, teacher and music therapist. With more than 40 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 nearly 30 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 11, 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 cover band "No Mules," a popular local group featured at numerous fundraisers, First Night festivals and civic club events. For more than ten years, she has been singing with a local auditioned choir that performs classical, gospel and Broadway music, appearing as a soloist at their annual fundraiser. Dena performs as a church soloist on a regular basis, singing both sacred and secular music. 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 *** Weekly and bi-weekly online lessons for students 10 and over, in-studio lessons for those who are fully vaccinated. 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 technique, 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).

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 2009

Education

Master of Music Therapy

Teaches ages {{minAge}}+

Teaches ages 6+

Speaks {{languages}}

Speaks English

Speaks {{languages}}

Has background check

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I've been working with Dena for the past 6 years and she is an excellent vocal teacher. She is extremely patient and understanding, and constantly pushes me to try and learn new things. I've improved drastically these past years and highly recommend Dena.

Posted Feb 26, 2022
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I have been taking voice lessons with Ms. Dena for a while and I always enjoy learning and singing with her. She really knows how to work with people and maximize their potential. I remember first starting voice lessons with her in 4th grade, and I definitely was not great. However, as I continued lessons with her, I improved greatly. I am now a junior in high school and I honestly believe that I would not be the singer I am today without her. Ms. Dena is amazing!

Posted Feb 12, 2022
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We love coming to see Dena. We are only able to come once a month, but with all the techniques she gives to my 10 year old daughter, there is plenty to practice & she is already growing in her singing after less then 5 lessons. I would recommend anyone looking for a kind & excellent vocal instructor in our area to come to Dena. We are excited to continue our vocal journey with her.

Posted Feb 15, 2020
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Licensed Lead Clinician
Aug 2014 - Present
Special People in the Northeast
Provide traditional therapy and music 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.
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.
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.
Master of Music Therapy
Sep 1986 - May 1993
Temple University
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1982 - May 1985
SUNY Potsdam
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
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
Certificate of Merit in Music Therapy Research
May 1993
Temple University
Certification Board for Music Therapists
Jan 1996
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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