There is growing interest among educators and education students in developing effective tools to teach music to students with special needs. Educators must be equipped to enable special learners to reach their full musical potential. Unique in North America this program significantly contributes to meeting the need for qualified special music educators.
The program offers three intensive workshops focused on teaching music to children with the following special needs:
- Autism Spectrum Challenges,
- Autism and Sensory Processing Challenges, and;
- Behavioural Challenges and ADHD.
Research indicates that a combination of classroom learning and fieldwork is most effective in preparing music teachers to work with special learners. In addition to classroom learning this program includes the opportunity to complete a practicum at the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education, an Ottawa-based organization specializing in teaching music to students with special needs. Skills gained through internship include the following:
- Observing private and group music lessons with students with various exceptionalities
- Understanding different student profiles
- Mentorship by experienced special educators
- Practice developing lesson plans for students with special needs
- Assisting students in group classes, camps and after-school programs
- Involvement in community partner programs, such as school-based programs
- Assisting in ongoing research projects in special music education
- Resource management and development
- Learning activities that can be applied in future teaching
- Practice applying skills learned through supervised
Email Reminder Date:
Dr. Erin Parkes, founder and executive director of Lotus Centre for Special Music Education.