Erin Parkes sitting in front of a piano smiling

Erin Parkes

Founder and Executive Director, Lotus Centre for Special Music Education

Erin received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts in Musicology, and Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy Research from the University of Ottawa. Erin holds a Ph.D. in music education from McGill University, where she researched how to effectively train studio music teachers to work with students with autism. In 2012, Erin founded Lotus Centre for Special Music Education, a charitable organization committed to providing access to music education for people with exceptionalities, where she currently serves as executive director. In addition to her role at Lotus Centre, Erin teaches courses in special music education at the University of Ottawa. Erin presents at conference and guest lectures throughout North America and internationally on teaching music to students with special needs and other issues in music education.

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