Specialized Workshop on Music Education II (4372) Winter 2020

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 Specialized Workshop in Music Education, music teachers will become equipped to support students of all abilities in a studio or classroom setting.

Learning themes include sensory processing and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).     

The themes will be grouped as follows:      

Sensory Processing Disorders (January 25, 9am-4pm)

ADHD* and Behavioural Challenges (February 29, 9am-4pm)

Physical Disabilities and Motor Challenges (March 28, 9am-4pm)

This course is given on campus at the University of Ottawa, at 50 University, Perez (PRZ) Hall, Room 208. 

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  • Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders, ADHD and behavioural challenges, physical disabilities, and motor challenges

  • 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.


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