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Philosophy

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. 

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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.

Now offering guitar and violin lessons!

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.

Lotus Centre

Lotus Centre was founded by Erin Parkes, who also serves as president of the board of directors and executive director of the school. The centre is governed by a board of directors. Programming is determined by a dedicated group of interdisciplinary professionals, all of whom hold degrees and certifications in their fields and have extensive experience working with people with special needs. Click on the menu bar for more information on the staff or board of directors.

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