Specialized Workshop in Music Education II - Special Music Education: Physical and Cognitive Needs


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 have an understanding of the disorders, how they impact the learning process, and strategies that can be effective in minimizing that impact and helping students to flourish. In the workshops, music teachers will become equipped to support students of all abilities in a studio or classroom setting.

In these workshops, music educators will develop strategies and tools to allow adaptations for students with a variety of physical and cognitive needs. Participants will develop an understanding of impairments across learning domains and various supports that can be implemented in a music education setting. This course will include hands-on learning that will equip participants with activities and tools that they can incorporate in group or private music classes, adapted for all learners.


Topic Relevance

  • Class 1: November 7th

    •  9:00am-12:00pm

    • 1:00-4:00pm

  • Class 2: November 21st

    • 9:00am-12:00pm

    • 1:00-4:00pm

  • Class 3: December 5th

    • 9:00am-12:00pm

    • 1:00-4:00pm



  • Any musician interested in learning more about anatomy, injury prevention, auditory health, and strategies to improve musculoskeletal health related to music making.


Delivery Mode


  • This course will be delivered via distance learning using the Zoom platform. You will receive further information about how the class will be run, as well as the link to access the virtual classroom, prior to the start date. The course takes place in real time, with the opportunity to interact with the instructor through the Zoom interface.



Dr. Erin Parkes, Phd. 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. Dr Parkes 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.




November 7, 21, December 5, 2021                             Delivery Mode: Online                                   


9:00 - 12:00                                                                       Fee $150.00                                                                                                                    




             1.5 unit

November 7, 21, December 5, 2021                              Delivery Mode: Online                                   


9:00 - 12:00                                                                        Fee $375.00                                                                                                                    




Contact Us

If you have any questions before beginning or as you progress through the workshop.

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