The Lotus Centre Institute for Professional Development
The Institute is our online school, where we share the knowledge and tools we’ve developed at Lotus Centre with music educators.
Our courses provide the skills needed to equip teachers to help students of all abilities reach their full potential!
Visit the Institute home page here. On our home page, you will find more information about our programs, including our webinars, mini courses, and intensive courses. You can also register for upcoming events.
At Lotus Centre, we see professional development as an important part of improving access to music education for the special needs community.
The more teachers and other professionals equipped to work with special needs students, the greater the opportunities will be!
About our Professional Development programs:
Lotus Centre has partnered with the University of Ottawa to offer Canada’s first post-secondary program in special music education. Weekend workshop courses, seminar courses, and opportunities for graduate study are all possible through this collaboration. Many of the course offerings are available to continuing education students and distance learning students.
Lotus Centre offers customized training sessions for your arts organization (including for artists, administrators, and front house staff), school or studio. Topics can include developing sensory-friendly or adaptive music concerts, pedagogical adaptations for special needs music students, and more.
Our Founder, Dr. Erin Parkes was interviewed on the Officials Music Teachers’ Podcast with Tim Topham.
On the episode, they discussed teaching strategies for students with exceptionalities, including empathy based approaches, the importance of tuning into students’ sensory needs, a strengths-based approach, and multi-modal teaching. Check out the interview here.