Founded in 2012, Lotus Centre's mission is to create the opportunity for people with exceptionalities to reach their full potential in music learning. Our educational philosophy focuses on teaching to student strengths to build self-confidence in a positive learning environment based on respect for individual learning needs. Our teachers are passionate about developing the musical gifts and talents of students with all abilities and fostering a love of music and learning. Our approach to supporting special music education involves direct teaching, collaborating with community organizations to develop music education programs for their clients with exceptionalities, training community teachers to effectively teach their special needs students with compassion and understanding, and conducting research on best practices in special music education that can be shared with the wider music education community.
Our focus is on meeting the needs of our community. We aim to be responsive to our families and community organizations to develop our programs. This has led to the development of many programs, including:
-private and group music lessons
-respite camps, March Break, PD day and summer camps at low ratio
-specialized programs for community groups
-teacher training workshops
We continue to grow and develop our programs to ensure that we meet the needs that we hear from the community, that our families feel supported, and that our students are able to develop a love of music learning in an environment based on respect of their individuality.
What People Are Saying
"Through Erin's excellent teaching, my son has learnt to read, understand and play music, improved his fine motor skills and his ability to pay attention and follow instructions and most importantly, developed his ability to think abstractly. "
— L.C., Lotus Centre parent
"Erin is passionate about helping children with special needs. Erin has shown a great ability to really understand my son. She has designed lessons which engage him and allow him participate to the maximum of his ability. He has benefitted tremendously."
— David, Lotus Centre parent
"Amongst staff there was an impressive detailed knowledge about each participants’ form of intellectual disability and an informed knowledge on how to work with each child. Programmes are not only tailored to targeted music development but also respond to the ‘sensory’ needs of the child. "
— Dr. Deirdre Gribbin, Trinity College, Cambridge