mini course:

Unlocking Musical Potential in Students with Autism

As rates of autism diagnoses rise, music teachers are increasingly encountering affected students. These students have tremendous potential, but unlocking that potential requires an understanding of their learning differences and unique music processing. The purpose of this introductory course is to offer some basic tools and strategies to allow you to feel prepared and empowered to teach students with autism. The more teachers feel equipped to teach these special learners, the more opportunities they’ll have to shine!

Recorded lectures and supplemental guidebook (unlimited access after registering)


$45 CAD

In this course, you will learn:

  • Characteristics of autism and how they can present in music learning settings

  • How music perception differs in people with autism from the general population and what that means for music teaching

  • Tools for communicating with low- and non-verbal students

  • Positive approaches to support behavioural needs

  • Understanding sensory processing and how it can impact learning

  • Strategies and adaptations for teaching basic music elements to help your students reach their full potential

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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