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Certification in Special Music Education
Level 3

Further develop your skills to help students of all abilities reach their full potential!

In this follow-up course to Certification Levels 1 and 2, you will go deeper in understanding how to support the cognitive, sensory and behavioural needs of students with exceptionalities in studio and classroom music learning. 

Led by Dr. Erin Parkes, a renowned expert with 25 years experience in special music education, participants will benefit from both classroom learning and individual mentorship. 

This course will be presented in a small group blended online format, with both synchronous and asynchronous components. This will allow both the flexibility of online study and the benefits of collaborative learning. 

Course elements include:
  • Weekly recorded lectures and readings
  • Weekly synchronous discussion group
  • Opportunities for 1:1 mentorship
  • Online discussion and Q&A
  • Teaching resources 

Scheduling of synchronous components will be done on a group by group basis.

Our goal is for all participants to feel supported in their learning and equipped to teach students of all abilities. Ongoing mentorship and support will be provided to all participants. Successful completion of all three levels of certification courses will lead to certification in special music education.


Starting date

Coming soon!

Starting date

April 1, 2024




10 weeks


$985 CAD

What you are going to learn

Help students of all abilities reach their full potential!

This course will provide the skills you need to teach students of all abilities with success.
Throughout this course you will learn:
  • Teaching students with physical disabilities or motor disorders
  • Supporting students with communication disorders
  • Teaching strategies for deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Teaching strategies for students with vision impairments
  • Supporting students with dementia and memory loss
  • Using technology in special music education
  • Adapting your approach to different music education settings
  • Supporting students with mental health challenges

Erin Parkes, PhD

Director of Research and Professional Development

Lotus Centre for Special Music Education
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.
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