𝑫𝒓 𝑫𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒆 is a 𝒎𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒊-𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅-𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 Special Needs and Music Educator Entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to transforming, healing and empowering children with 𝑆𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑁𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠, as well as their families and communities through innovative #𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 practices.
Denise has 𝒘𝒐𝒏 𝒏𝒖𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒔 and has been recognised 𝑅𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦, 𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦. Some of these awards include 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟑, 𝐷𝐸𝐿 𝑆𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑅𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐷𝑜𝑐𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐹𝑖𝑒𝑙𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝐸𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 2014, 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐈𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟒 and 𝐵𝐵𝐶 𝑈𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑜 𝐴𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑁𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝐼𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 2015 just to name a few.
Denise is also an 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, in addition to being a Member of Inclusion Europe, Society for Research in Music Education, Society for Musicology Ireland and Society for Education and Music therefore, she has an 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑙𝑒𝑑𝑔𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑢𝑏𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡.
With over 𝟐𝟓 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬’ 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 in the field of Early Years, Primary, Post-Primary, Special Educational Needs, Further and Higher Education, Denise is also a Researcher, Author, Mentor, and Consultant and has a key focus on 𝑰𝒏𝒄𝒍𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑪𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒕𝒚 where she has been awarded her PhD by Ulster University for her ground-breaking music invention, #Conductology.
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Shaun has intensively studied and practiced music along with Dr Denise for approximately 8 years. He has performed music locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
He is an active ambassador for people with intellectual disabilities, music and inclusivity. A recognised speaker he has delivered inspiring talks to politicians, educationalists, researchers, policy makers, change-makers and a wide variety of audiences.
Shaun and Denise
Recently, Shaun was a key player in launching the Open Youth Orchestra of Ireland as Chief conducting Conductologist. Shaun’s vision is vast. His mission even greater: to bring Conductology into the lives of every human being who has an intellectual disability. Read how the impact of Conductology, changed his life. Click here.
Throughout these years, Rachel has worked alongside many children and adults with learning disabilities ranging from mild to complex and has used music as a tool to enhance communication and life skills.
She loves how powerful Music is and how it can transform all lives both inside and out. Her musical motto is “Music is a universal language which can be accessed by anyone and everyone!” 🎶
She is excited for all #Conductology has to bring and can’t wait to hear the stories of how it helps others to access Music in a new innovative and creative way!