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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes

Contract Academic Staff, Music Therapy; Clinical and Graduate Supervisor

Contact Information

Office Location: A207

Academic Background

PhD, MusM (University of Toronto), BMT (University of Windsor)


Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI began her career as a music therapist, performer, and vocal teacher. Her extensive clinical experience involves working with a variety of clients including: geriatrics, adult psychiatry, palliative care, children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and developmental delays, cognitive impairment, Parkinson's, stroke, etcetera. Dr. Clements-Cortes has worked both in hospitals and nursing homes, including 17 years at Baycrest Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Amy obtained her Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Toronto. She has given over 80 conference and/or invited academic presentations around the globe at such venues as the World Federation of Music Therapy and the International Congress on Palliative Care. She has 16 peer reviewed journal publications, several book chapters, and has supervised over 30 music therapy internships, 30 undergraduate research studies, and 3 Masters students MRPs.

Amy is the Clinical Commissioner for the World Federation of Music Therapy, Vice-Chair and BOD Member for the
Room 217 Foundation and serves on the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) Board of Directors as Past President. Amy is on the editorial review board of the WFMT Journal and Music Therapy Perspectives; and is the Guest Editor of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy 40th Anniversary Journal; Managing Editor for Music and Medicine; co-investigator in the AIRS SSHRC Project; Assistant Professor University of Toronto, MAHRC (LTA), and an approved CBMT Provider.

Her business
Notes by Amy was founded in 1995 and provides a variety of professional services including: Private Music Therapy and Guided Imagery and Music Sessions, Clinical Music Therapy Supervision and Mentoring, Music Therapy Courses, and Research Collaboration. Amy has recorded several CDs, her latest of which is Soothing Relaxation Journeys.

Additional Information

Academic & Research Interests

Amyís main research areas of interest include: music therapy; successful, healthy aging and wellbeing across the lifespan; dementia and mental health support; arts in healthcare; relationship completion; singing for health; anxiety; burnout; music for sleep, relaxation and pain; music and technology; vibroacoustic therapy, clinical internship and supervision.

Current Research Projects Include: Buddyís Glee Club: Phase 3; Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation and AD; and Taking Flight: Music Therapy Internship Experiences from the Eyes of the Pre-Professional.

Recent Scholarly Publications

Clements-Cortes, A. (2014). Adultos en Cuidados Paliativos y Hospicio. In J. Allen (Ed.). Guia Para la Practica de la Musicoterapia con Adultos Bajo Atencion Medico. New Braunfels TX: Barcelona.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2013). Burnout in music therapists: Work, individual, and social factors, Music Therapy Perspectives, 31(2), 166-174.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2013) Buddy's Glee Club: Singing for Life, Activities, Adaptation & Aging,37(4), 273-290, DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2013.845716

Gordon, M., & Clements-Cortes, A. (2013). Music at the end of life: bringing comfort and saying goodbye through song and story. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, 21(11), 24-29.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2013). Freeing the voice within. Canadian Music Educators Journal, 55(1), 19-24.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2013). Lubaís theme. Imagine, 40(1), 70-73.

Bartel, L, & Clements-Cortes, A. (2014). Dying Healthy: Music in places of palliative care, In G. J. Andrews, P. Kingsbury, & R. A. Kearns, (Eds.). Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2013). Music as medicine for interdisciplinary team self care and stress management in palliative care, In C. L. McLean (Ed.). Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, Edmonton, Alberta: Brush.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2013). Adults in palliative/hospice care, In J. Allen, (Ed.). Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Adult Medical Care (pp. 295-346). New Braunfels TX: Barcelona.

Clements-Cortes, (2013) A. healing water: Assessing trauma, abuse and loss via guided imagery and music. Kavod Journal,(3).

Clements-Cortes, A. (2012). Music therapy to sever the silence of a childhood holocaust survivor. Kavod Journal,(2).

Clements-Cortes, A. (2011). Designing an effective music teacher evaluation system: Part two.Canadian Music Educators Journal,53(2), 22-24.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2011). Designing an effective music teacher evaluation system: Part one.Canadian Music Educators Journal,53(1), 13-17.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2011). The effect of live music vs. taped music on pain and comfort in palliative care. Korean Journal of Music Therapy, 13(1), 105-121.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2011). Portraits of music therapy in facilitating relationship completion at the end of Life. Music and Medicine, 3(1), 31-39, DOI: 10.1177/1943862110388181.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2010). The role of music therapy in facilitating relationship completion in end-of-life care. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 16(1), 112-136.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2010). The role of pop music and pop singers in the construction of a singerís identity in three early adolescent females. Canadian Music Educators Journal, 51(4), 17-23.

Media Links and Additional Information

Notes by Amy

Please Donít Stop the Music

Cancer Knowledge Network (2014). Imaging for Wellness: Guided Imagery and Music

Journal on Active Aging (2014). Music for wellness: Innovative ways to bring music to your clients.

AlzTunes (2014). Glee Club at Baycrest Hospital.

CBC Ontario Today (2013). Music therapy makes a difference.

Canadian Jewish News (2013). Glee club brings joy to Baycrest residents Glee club brings joy to Baycrest residents.

North York Mirror (2013). Baycrest glee club strikes right note for seniors with cognitive concerns.

Music Heals (2013). Guest Blog: Musical endings: Music therapy in palliative care.

City Life Magazine (2013). Guest Editor Health: Soothing sounds.

Now Magazine (2013). Class Action A monthly education and career training feature.

Hospital News (2013). Music care at end of life brings many benefits.

York Region (2013). Character Community Award.

Room 217 (2013). Soothing Relaxation Journeyís Blog.

Canadian Press (2013). Music therapy program opening new worlds for patients.

CBC News (2012). Music therapy offers hope for Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís.

Blog Talk Radio (2012). Music Therapy in Canada.

Room 217 (2012). Faces of Music Care Part 7: Buddy's Glee Club

A Choir Program at Baycrest's Community Day Centre

The Sound Effect (2012). Music in end of life care: an interview with Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes.

Fifty Plus (2012). Bring on the Music.

Globe and Mail (2012). Tapping musicís power to heal the brain.

Vaughan Citizen (2011). Presentation of Annual R.A.V.E. Awards and Vaughan Award for Higher Education.

Toronto Star (2011). New Toronto centre hopes to lead the way in music and medicine research.

The Baycrest Experts Blog (2011). Jack Laytonís last letter to Canadians.

Kavod Journal

WFMT Clinical Commission