Creating a Sensory-Friendly Music Studio
Difficulty managing sensory input is a part of many exceptionalities, including autism spectrum disorder,
ADHD, and more. Over- or under-stimulation can be a huge factor in behavioural and learning issues,
and awareness of factors at play is important when teaching students with special needs. Creating an
environment that’s warm and welcoming but without too much stimulation can be challenging, but
there are some simple tips that can go a long way! In this webinar, we’ll explore what elements in a
music studio may be triggering for some students, and how to create a learning space that will support
their needs. Tips for home studios, multi-teacher studios, and music classrooms will be explored.
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.
"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