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Webinar Series: “Diversity and Inclusion in Piano Repertoire and Pedagogy”

Erin Parkes

Positive Piano Teaching for Neurodiverse Students

All piano teachers encounter neurodiverse students, but many feel they lack tools to meet special needs. This webinar will explore the basics of teaching neurodiverse populations and discuss pedagogical strategies and adaptations for studio music teaching, with applications from beginner to advanced levels. Attendees will feel empowered to bring neurodiverse students to their full potential in music learning.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 12:00pm

The Presentation will be hosted on Zoom

Erin Parkes, Ph.D., received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts in Musicology, and Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy Research from the University of Ottawa. She holds a doctorate in music education from McGill University, where she researched ways to effectively train studio music teachers to work with students with autism. In 2012, Erin founded the 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 Director of Research and Professional Development. In 2020, she launched the Lotus Centre Institute for Professional Development to provide music educators with skills and tools to help students with exceptionalities reach their full potential.

Erin is a principal researcher at the Music and Health Research Institute at the University of Ottawa, and at the Research Centre for Music, Sound and Society in Canada at Carleton University. In addition to her role at Lotus Centre, she is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, teaching courses and mentoring students in special music education. She presents at conferences and guest lectures throughout North America and internationally on teaching music to students with exceptionalities and other issues in music education.