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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. 


  • Now Offering Drum Lessons!

    We are excited to announce that we are now offering drum lessons! We welcome our new drum teacher, Alex Randall, to our team! Alex comes to us with a degree in psychology, experience teaching drums to students of all ages in a private setting, and many years of performance experience with a variety of Ottawa-based bands. We will be booking drum lessons on Monday evenings to start and space is very limited, please contact Becky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register!

  • Great Performances at International Day for Persons with Disabilities!

    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.


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  • Music Circle is back!

    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!

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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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