Teacher and Therapist Bios

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Nicole Craven, MA, MT-BC, NICU MT (Owner, Director, Board-Certified Music Therapist, Music Specialist)

Nicole is a board-certified music therapist, music educator, and performer.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music, as well as a masters in Expressive Therapies (music therapy emphasis) and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University.  As a public school K-8 general music teacher, Nicole taught music in both integrated classrooms and for students in the learning center.  During her time in the public schools, she wrote a general music curriculum for grades K-8, implemented a variety of formal and informal school performances, and ran the After-School program.  As a music therapist, Nicole has worked with people of all ages from 0-95 year olds and with many different diagnosis including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer’s and dementia, depression, stroke, blind, anxiety, apraxia, dyspraxia, fine/gross motor delays, Down Syndrome, and cancer.  The majority of her work has been with children, adolescents, and their families as a school teacher, music therapist, Music Together teacher, and Musical Movement teacher.  She is ecstatic to be fulfilling her dream of opening a music and arts studio that is truly welcoming of and for all members of the community.

IMG_6115 Julie Quill (Art Director, Certified ArtIs4Every1 Intsructor)

Julie is a local artist and educator.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts (concentration in crafts) as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, both from Bridgewater State University.  She has also studied at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.  Julie has been painting (acrylic, oils, and watercolors) for over ten years and has had her work displayed in several local exhibits on the South Shore.  While studying at BSU, she also became very interested in weaving.  She enjoys learning different patterns, as well as putting different textures and colors together with the yarn.  Julie is currently a Para educator in the Hingham Public Schools, where she has had an opportunity to teach and share her love of art and weaving with her students, as well as the students at the Cardinal Cushing School in Hanover.  She is also a former art specialist at the South Shore Educational Collaborative.  Julie’s dedication and commitment to sharing the arts with her students stems from her autistic son, whom she says has inspired her to want to work with special needs children, showing them how fun and expressive the arts can be.  As a parent of a child with special needs, she understands it can be difficult to find extracurricular activities that are fun, supportive, and safe for her child.  She is excited to help fulfill what she believes is an important need in her community, by offering art classes and lessons as a part of the Sing Explore Create! team.

 

Natalie Condon, MT-BC (Board-Certified Music Therapist)

I am a Board Certified Music Therapist and performer from Boston, MA. I received my bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College. I became heavily interested in singing at an early age leading to my involvement with Boston City Singers, a non-profit organization for inner-city youth. As a member I began taking lessons and traveling as far as Australia and New Zealand to unite cities and bring about cultural acceptance through music. During my Music Therapy training I served populations including geriatrics, adults with special needs and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Prior to Sing Explore Create! I worked with children ages 2-16 with speech and language goals as well as early intervention needs. Outside of my work in music therapy I have also enjoyed gaining new knowledge in my field through professional trainings (such as Sprouting Melodies), as well as volunteering for Artists4Life, an annual charity event bringing music therapy services to children battling cancer. I am excited to be joining the Sing Explore Create! team and their efforts in creating positive communities and spreading the joys of music and the arts.

 

IMG_5925Kim Engle (Voice Instructor, Beginning Piano and Guitar Instructor, Music Specialist)

I began my musical experience very young coming from a family of musicians.  Singing was always seen as important means of communication, emotional release and fun.  Listening to many genres of music was paramount in my household, as well as experiencing many live performances.  My formal training began at seven where I learned to play the clarinet.  I was very involved in many performance groups in orchestras, small groups playing the clarinet and baritone saxophone.  I also became very active in choirs, solo singing and musical theater.  Many of the groups I played in were on the state level, winning awards, and playing around the Northeast and Canada.

My formal education continued at the University of North Texas, known for an exemplary composition and early music program.  I graduated with a degree in Music Theory and Composition, working in the Graduate level in Schenkerian Analysis and Ethnomusicology.

I have featured compositions in the Boston Composers Collective, Ars Musica, and multimedia compositions in Ars Nova in the Dallas area.  Recently, I have been working in communal composition, inspiring families to compose music together using “instruments” from their homes while incorporating professional musicians to play along side of them, as well as composing music for meditation for local South Shore wellness instructors.

Upon the birth of my own two children, I realized the need for music for the very young.  I embarked in thorough research on brain development in children and adults. I developed a music curriculum for children from ages six months to six years that is currently being used in YMCA’s across the country.  This curriculum is based on a holistic approach to music, incorporating the entire body, listening of varied genres of music, respecting a child’s innate talent for music appreciation and music making.

I have since expanded this curriculum to engage people of all ages and abilities, meeting them where they are musically, and empowering them to expand their musical experience. Through private lessons, group classes, and performances, with respect, love and gratitude, I have taught hundreds of individuals in the South Shore of Massachusetts.

Danielle Hopkins, MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist)

nicole.jpgNikki Pantaleo (Music Teacher)