Erin Parkes

University of Ottawa

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 Director of Research and Professional Development. Recently, Erin launched the Lotus Centre Institute for Professional Development in order to provide music educators with the skills and tools they need to help students with exceptionalities reach their full potential. In addition to her role at Lotus Centre, Erin is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, teaching courses and mentoring students in special music education. Erin presents at conferences and guest lectures throughout North America and internationally on teaching music to students with exceptionalities and other issues in music education.