Lotus Centre is unique in offering music lessons by teachers who specialize in working with students with special needs. We are passionate about creating the best learning environment for each student and adapting as required. Parent questionnaires are administered before beginning so that each student's program can be individually tailored to maximize music learning through drawing on strengths and working on weaknesses through innovative activities. We offer both group classes and private lessons. Group classes can include rhythm training, aural skill development, developing creativity, activities to improve memory, or many other possibilities depending on the profiles of the students enrolled. Private lessons are used for instrumental instruction. Our goal is to work within each student's abilities to develop their confidence and allow them to feel safe in the learning environment. Only then will their full potential be realized.
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. This is includes autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, dyslexia, and others. Formal diagnosis is not necessary to register for lessons at Lotus Centre. Any student that would benefit from individually designed alternative music education is welcome.
Lotus Centre is a not-for-profit organization which was founded to meet a community need for specialized music education. We believe that every child has a right to appropriate education in any endeavour they choose to pursue. This means working with a teacher who understands the nature of the student's disability and constantly strives to meet the student's needs, while creating a nurturing and fun environment. We also believe that music education can provide a means of communication, can improve function and performance in non-musical areas, and can provide an emotional outlet for all people. This is especially valuable for students with special challenges. Our mission is to provide individually designed music education programs to allow students to reach their full potential.