Erin Parkes

Erin holds a Ph.D. in music education from McGill University, where she researched how to effectively train studio music educators to teach 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. Erin is a principal researcher at the Institute for Music and Health at the University of Ottawa, and at the Music, Sound and Society in Canada research centre at Carleton University. 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.