Specialized Workshop in Music Education II (4372)
As awareness of educational and recreational possibilities for students with special needs grows, an increasing number of music teachers are being asked to take on students with various exceptionalities.
To be able to bring these students to their full potential, it is vital for music teachers to understand the disorders, how they impact the learning process, and strategies that can be effective in minimizing that impact and helping students to flourish. In these courses, music teachers become equipped to support students of all abilities in a studio or classroom setting. Topics include:
- Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities,
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders, and brain injuries
- Effects of learning disorders on the learning processes
- Practical teaching tools to help students with learning disorders
This course is given on campus at the University of Ottawa, at 50 University, Perez (PRZ) Hall, Room 208. Distant participants may participate via live video link.
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders, and brain injuries
Effects of learning disorders on the learning processes
Practical teaching tools to help students with learning disorders
- Any musician or music teacher interested in learning more about students with special needs and gaining strategies to support students of all abilities in a studio or classroom setting.
Dr. Erin Parkes, PhD, Erin received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts in Musicology, and Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy Research from the University of Ottawa. She completed a PhD in Music Education from McGill University in 2015, where she researched how to effectively train studio music teachers to work with students with autism. Erin has been teaching music since 1996 and has worked with students of all ages in a variety of settings. She presents at conferences and guest lectures throughout North America and internationally on teaching music to students with special needs and other issues in music education.