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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. 

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Registration open for summer camps!

Due to high demand from the community, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our summer camps to four weeks of fun! We have two camp programs: "Exploring Music", focusing on learning about musical instruments, genres and musical elements, and "Rock Star!", where campers will have fun exploring propular music through singing, dancing and playing instruments. There are two weeks of camp each for ages 5-8 years (2:1 ratio) and 9-12 years (3:1 ratio). Camps include outdoor play, games, art and lots of music! Registration is limited to 6 children per camp. Check out our "Courses and Fees" page for more info. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or with any questions.

Teacher Training Workshop March 29-30

We will be offering a FREE workshop to private studio music teachers on working with students with autism spectrum disorder. This is a part of a doctoral research project which includes a pre-interview, two-day workshop and 3 hours of lesson observation. In exchange for participation in the study, participating teachers will get some great free training and be better prepared to work with this growing population of kids who need music education! Please contact Erin Parkes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

The Music Circle

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.

Choir Spaces Available!

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.

Registration open for summer camps!

Due to high demand from the community, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our summer camps to four weeks of fun! We have two camp programs: "Exploring Music", focusing on learning about musical instruments, genres and musical elements, and "Rock Star!", where campers will have fun exploring propular music through singing, dancing and playing instruments. There are two weeks of camp each for ages 5-8 years (2:1 ratio) and 9-12 years (3:1 ratio). Camps include outdoor play, games, art and lots of music! Registration is limited to 6 children per camp. Check out our "Courses and Fees" page for more info. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or with any questions.

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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