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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. 


NAC Music Circle series starting January 25!

We are so excited to offer another Music Circle series in collaboration with the National Arts Centre! Last year's series on the brass intruments was a huge success. This year, the focus will be on the instruments of the percussion family and will again be led by the NAC Orchestra's Liz Simpson. The series is open to students age 6-12 years with special needs. Workshops will be held at Lotus Centre on January 25, February 1 and February 8 at 1pm with a final concert at the NAC on February 15. These workshops and the concert are carefully designed to meet the sensory and learning needs of children with exceptionalities and provide the opportunity for all students to learn about the instruments, experience music making, and enjoy a professional concert at the NAC with their families in an adapted environment. Space is very limited, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register. Here are some NAC blog posts and videos on previous series. http://nac-cna.ca/en/stories/story/creating-the-conditions-for-joy?ref=home2 http://nac-cna.ca/en/stories/story/a-musical-experience-for-autistic-children

African Dumming Workshop

Our first ever African drumming workshop will be held Sunday, November 16 from 1-2pm. The workshop is for pre-teens and teens with a cost of $20 per participant. Parents are welcome to attend and participate! Space is limited, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

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.


PD Day Camps starting in October!

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.

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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