Lotus Centre Institute for Professional Development
The Lotus Centre for Special Music Education is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to provide access to adapted music education for the special needs community. The Lotus Centre is the only organization of its kind in Canada and we have been a leader in increasing access to adapted music education worldwide. Our programs include private music lessons, after school programs, camps, and more. Through our Institute for Professional Development, we share the knowledge and tools we've developed at Lotus Centre with music educators. Our courses provide the skills needed to equip teachers to help students of all abilities reach their full potential!
We offer three types of programs: Free webinars, Mini courses, and Intensive courses. Check out our course listings below to see what we are currently offering!
Check out our courses!
Control how you learn & progress
Various levels of engagement, from mini-courses to intensives
Gain skills in adaptive music education that can be applied to studio, group or classroom teaching
Courses led by experienced and esteemed experts in special music education
Learn to work with students of all ages with a wide variety of learning profiles
Learn more about Special Music Education:
Check out an interview with Dr. Erin Parkes on the Music Teacher's Podcast, hosted by Tim Topham:
What our learners say about us:
"Thank you SO much to the Lotus Centre for this wonderful webinar! I am always looking for any opportunity to learn and support my students on their journey!"
- Melissa MacNeil
“I really enjoyed the webinar, and genuinely look forward to doing more training through the Lotus Centre.”
- Lindsay Inkster
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Meet our team
Erin Parkes, PhD
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Erin Parkes received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts in Musicology, and Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy Research from the University of Ottawa. She completed a PhD in Music Education from McGill University in 2015, where she researched how to effectively train studio music teachers to work with students with autism. Erin has been teaching music since 1996 and has worked with students of all ages in a variety of settings. She presents at conference and guest lectures throughout North America and internationally on teaching music to students with special needs and other issues in music education.
Jeff Sabo, MA
Professional Development Coordinator
Jeff Sabo received his Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College. He completed a Graduate Certificate and Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy Research from the University of Ottawa. Jeff began teaching piano in 2013, and he has worked with students ranging from young beginners to adults at a variety of levels. He currently works for the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education as a music teacher and professional development coordinator.