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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
April 16, 2014
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 16 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 11 peer reviewed journal publications, 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; co-investigator in the AIRS SSHRC Project; Adjunct Faculty University of Toronto, MAHRC, 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: Phases 2 & 3; Getting Your Groove on with the Tenori-on; and Taking Flight: Music Therapy Internship Experiences from the Eyes of the Pre-Professional.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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

Music Therapy Programs Opening New Worlds for Patients

Music Therapy Offers Hope for Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís

Music Therapy in Canada

The Sound Effect: Music Therapy in End-of-Life Care

Taping Musicís Power to Heal the Brain

Kavod Journal

WFMT Clinical Commission