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Lotus Centre is a not-for-profit organization which was founded to meet a community need for specialized music education. 


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Who We Help

We work with students from ages two years to adult who have developmental disorders or learning disabilities as well as those with a gifted learning profile.


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How We Help

Lotus Centre is unique in offering music lessons by teachers who specialize in working with students with special needs. 


  • Dr. Erin Parkes Presents at ISME!

    Executive Director Dr. Erin Parkes and voice/piano teacher Sarah Tomaszweski attended the Special Commission on Music Therapy and Music Education of the International Society of Music Educators Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 20-23. Dr. Parkes was honoured to present a paper entitled "Teaching Music Educators to Teach Students with Autism" and a workshop entitled "ADAPT: A Comprehensive Model for Special Music Education in a Private Lesson Setting". Both Erin and Sarah were excited to be part of this commission and exchange ideas with the most respected special music educators in the world! We're looking forward to the next conference in 2018!

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  • 2016 Year-End Recitals and Fundraiser!

    Mark your calendars! Our year-end recital and silent auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 25th at Kanata United Church. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their incredible talent and for us to celebrate all their hard work! We will have two recitals, at 1:30 and 3:15, with a reception and silent auction fundraiser in between. The reception is potluck so please bring goodies to share! Admission is by donation and anyone is welcome to attend! We express our sincere thanks to our supporters for donating amazing prizes for our silent auction. Here's the full list!

    • Kindle Paperwhite
    • National Arts Centre, 2 passes
    • Monkey Around Play & Learn Centre, 1-year membership
    • Ottawa Fury Tickets
    • Ottawa Redblacks Tickets
    • Valleyview Little Animal Farm, 4 passes
    • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, 1-year membership
    • Kanata Group Fit, 1-month pass
    • Absolute Massage Therapy, 1-hr massage
    • Long and McQuade $100 gift certificate
    • Inner Revolution Yoga, 1-month pass
    • Yuk Yuk’s Comedy, 10-person table
    • Sand toys gift basket
    • Proform Eavestroughing $200 gift card
    • Museum of Nature, 4 passes
    • Great Canadian Theatre Company, 2 tickets
    • Mini Golf Gardens passes
    • Orpheus Musical Theatre, two subscriptions
    • Metronome courtesy Ottawa Pianos
    • Kate Spade sunglasses courtesy Nepean Optometric
    • Ottawa Little Theatre passes
    • Fun Haven, 4 flex passes
  • New Children's Choir!

    New for the 2016-2017, we will be introducing a children's choir for ages 8-14! Kids will have the opportunity to develop vocal technique, musical skills, and learn lots of fun repertoire! Singers will learn to work together in an ensemble in a small group, adapted environment. The choir will be led by our wonderful voice teacher, Sarah Tomaszewski. All abilities are welcome! 


The Symbol of the Lotus Flower

Our educational philosophy is reflected by the symbol of the lotus flower. Our goal is to help all students blossom into their full potential. We believe that every child has the right to appropriate education in any endeavour they choose to pursue.

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