We are excited to offer two new programs for 2017: an after-school program and Sunday afternoon respite camps! We have created these programs to meet the need we see in the community as expressed to us by so many of our Lotus Centre families. Our first round of offerings for respite camp filled in only two hours!!! We have opened up more availability but will limit registration to one Sunday per month. Our after-school program will feature daily outdoor play, snacks, music circle, and time for homework help or musical instrument practice as needed. All spaces in both programs will fill quickly, book yours before they're gone!
We're excited to annouce that we will be moving to the Beaverbrook Centre at 2 Beaverbrook Rd. in Kanata! Our newly renovated space brings with it two more music classrooms so that we can serve more students in the community, a large outdoor play yard and walking trails for our camps, and still only minutes from highway 417! This allows us to more than DOUBLE our capacity for all our camps (PD day, March Break and summer) and add exciting new programs that will be rolled out soon! Please come and experience this new space with us at our Grand Opening on Sunday, June 25th from 1-5pm. Coinciding with this exciting new development will be our 5th anniversary and 5th annual student recital, so we're anxious to celebrate with the community! Check out the plans for the new Lotus Centre!
Thanks to the National Arts Centre for producing this wonderful video! This clip highlights some work we did with the General Learning Program at Woodroffe High School as part of our ongoing Music Circle collaboration.
Executive Director Dr. Erin Parkes and voice teacher Sarah Tomaszweski are looking forward to presenting at the World Congress of Audiology in Vancouver this month! Erin and Sarah will present "Would singing lessons serve to provide improvement of pitch and timing in the auditory brainstem? A pilot study." This research project, in collaboration with Dr. Caryn Bursch of APD Ottawa and Dr. Amineh Koravand of University of Ottawa, involves providing six months of voice lessons with a curriculum specifically developed to improve pitch and timing issues in children with auditory processing disorder. Preliminary results are very promising! The study is ongoing--if you have a child with APD and are interested in participating, please contact us!
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!
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!
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!
Unfortunately our March Break camp and all remaining PD day camps for 2015-2016 are full! We are in the process of finalizing our summer camp schedule and will be opening registration in March. Stay tuned for more details!
Congratulations to Aidan vandenBosch, Aidan Parkes, and Tanya Elgie on wonderful piano and violin performances at the National Library for International Day for Persons with Disabilities! We were honoured to be invited to participate in this great event. Our students were personally congratulated by Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough! Here is a photo of Executive Director Dr. Erin Parkes and Sandra Markovic from University of Ottawa with Minister Qualtrough.
Our popular and acclaimed Music Circle program is back! Presented in collaboration with the National Arts Centre, the Music Circle provides an opportunity for children age 5-12 with developmental disorders to learn about the instruments of the woodwind family in a series of three hands-on, interactive workshops, followed by a final concert at the National Arts Centre. The workshops and concert have been adapted to meet the sensory, cognitive and behavioural needs of the participants. Thanks to support from the NAC's National Youth and Education Trust, this program is being offered completely free of charge!
Our executive director, Dr. Erin Parkes, will be presenting her research on training music teachers to work with students with autism at the upcoming World Council for Curriculm and Instruction conference in Nashville, October 22-24, 2015. If you happen to be in Nashville, come check it out! More information on the organization and the conference can be found here http://wcci-nac.org/NAC.php.
We are very excited to be expanding our Lotus Centre staff! Welcome to Krista Dam and Dan Trolley, our two newest teachers! Krista's primary instrument is violin and she also teaches piano and general music. Dan teaches piano and general music. Both come to us with a wealth of experience both in music education and working with individuals with special needs, and we're very excited to have them onboard! Also, we are happy to welcome our new studio manager, Becky Ingersoll! Becky has been a member of the Lotus Centre board of directors since it's inception in 2012, and brings a wide range of administrative experience. Welcome Krista, Dan and Becky!
This year's year-end recital will be held on Saturday, June 20th at Kanata United Church, 33 Leacock Drive, with the reception at 2:30 and recital starting at 3:00. This is a big day for our students as they get to show off their hard work! It is also our major fundraising event of the year and we sincerely thank all the wonderful donors who have provided great prizes for our silent auction! This year the event will also include recognition of our grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation, which has generously awarded us $114,000 over three years to support our operations and grow our programs. Admission is by donation. Please come out and support our students!
Join us in supporting Autism Speaks through the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event that will be held at Carleton University on Sunday, May 31. You can contribute to our fundraising efforts by going to this website and donating to team Lotus Centre for Special Music Education http://support.autismspeaks.ca/site/TR?fr_id=1120&pg=entry#.VVdH601FDIU. We'll also be on hand with some fun activities for kids and information about our programs at the vendors' fair, and we're honoured to have been asked to have some of our students perform again this year! Hope to see you there!
10-week spring session of Music and Movement group class is starting April 11, 2015! This class is for preschoolers years who love to dance, sing and learn about music! Registration is limited to 5 participants so register soon! More information available on our "Courses and Fees" page.
About the workshop: Starting with a little free play to warm up, participants will then work on basic drumming techniques and learn some simple West African rhythms. We will then move into an interactive call-and-response drumming circle where everyone will have the opportunity to follow someone else's lead as well as take the lead themselves!
About Rory Magill: Rory has travelled many times with his family to Ghana, West Africa, to study the complex and beautiful rhythms and take inspiration from the deep musicality and respect for the community that enriches every day life there. He has taught drumming to children at the Featherston Autism Unit, to youth in the City of Ottawa's SNAP program, and to private students of all ages and rhythmic abilities.
Due to the popularity of our March Break and summer camps, we will be offering PD day camps this year on OCDSB PD days. Camps are open to children age 6-12 years at a cost of $70 per day. Participants will experience interactive music making through rhythm, singing, movement and musical stories, have the opportunity to learn about and explore musical instruments, as well as crafts and cooperative games. Space is limited to 6 children. 2:1 ratio.
New this year--violin and guitar lessons are available! We are excited to be able to introduce students to instruments in the wonderful string family! We continue to offer piano and voice lessons as well as general music and theory lessons in a private lesson setting.
We are excited to offer two group programs this year: Children's Choir and Movement and Music. Both allow students to explore music and develop their musicality and creativity in a fun, social environment. All groups have a 5:1 ratio with extra assistance available if needed. Space is very limited and courses start September 20th. Check out our "Courses and Fees" page or contact us for more info.
Our recital will be help Sunday, June 22 at 2pm! Once again we are fortunate to be able to use the beautiful grand piano at Kanata United Church on Leacock Drive. Following the recital we will have a reception which will include our major fundraising event of the year, our silent auction. Prizes so far include lots of signed Sens gear, tickets to the NAC, golf membership, passes to Ray's Reptiles, Valleyview Little Animal Farm, Cosmic Adventures, and more! There are no tickets to purchase but donations at the door are appreciated.
It's time to book for summer and fall lessons! Please refer to our "Courses and Fees" page for updated information. Book soon, spots are already filling up quickly!
Lotus Centre is so excited to launch a new partnership with the National Arts Centre in 2014! Our "Music Circle" series of workshops and a final concert will begin with Sunday afternoon workshops on January 19, February 2, and February 23 from 1-2pm at Lotus Centre. The series will end with a brass quintet concert in the Fountain Room at the NAC on Saturday, March 22 at 1pm. We welcome NAC orchestra French horn player Elizabeth Simpson, who will be introducing participants to the orchestra through an interactive workshop.
There are still spaces available in our Children's Choir! Our choir is adapted from the traditional model to allow maximum learning and fun for our special learners. Students learn about different musical styles with lots of support through visual and hands-on learning. Open to children age 6-12 years. Visit our "Courses and Fees" page for more information.