Monday Meetings: Meet Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes!

Faculty Bios - Amy Clements-Cortes

Amy Clements-Cortes

Dr. Amy Clements-Corteshas extensive clinical experience 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.

Academic & Research Interests

Amy’s 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: Buddy’s Glee Club: Phase 3; Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation and AD; and Taking Flight: Music Therapy Internship Experiences from the Eyes of the Pre-Professional.

Her recent scholarly publications include:

  • 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). Luba’s 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).


Undergraduate Course – MU352

Graduate Course – MU503

For a more detailed biography of Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes, please see


About Laurier MTSA

We are a student association at Wilfrid Laurier University and most of our members are students in the Music Therapy program. We exist to educate about, promote, and support the work of music therapy, and to support the academic, career, and personal needs of the Music Therapy Students. Our mandate is to unite prospective, current and alumni students while promoting our profession in the larger community.
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