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 are equipped to work with special needs students, the greater the opportunities will be!  We offer several professional development services.  Please contact our Executive Director, Dr. Erin Parkes, at erin@lotuscentre.net with any inquiries.

The Lotus Centre Institute for Professional Development

About our PD programs:

University of Ottawa Partnership

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.

Half Day, Full Day, or Weekend Training Workshops

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.

1:1 Consultation

We offer customized consultations to help educators or arts programming professionals adapt for the special needs community.  Consultations can be offered at a distance.


Lotus Centre offers free 1-hour webinars on a variety of topics in special music education.  Subscribe to our mailing list or connect with us on social media to stay updated!

Online Certification Program

Coming soon!  Please subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

Past Events:

Webinar—Friday, November 27 at 1pm ET: “Creating a Sensory-Friendly Music Studio

Difficulty managing sensory input is a part of many exceptionalities, including autism spectrum disorder,
ADHD, and more. Over- or under-stimulation can be a huge factor in behavioural and learning issues,
and awareness of factors at play is important when teaching students with special needs. Creating an
environment that’s warm and welcoming but without too much stimulation can be challenging, but
there are some simple tips that can go a long way! In this webinar, we’ll explore what elements in a
music studio may be triggering for some students, and how to create a learning space that will support
their needs. Tips for home studios, multi-teacher studios, and music classrooms will be explored.

Couldn't make it to the Webinar? Watch the video:


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