Music Therapy in Canada

On December 7, my guest is Amy Clements-Cortes, of Notes by Amy.

Amy Clements-Cortes 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 15 years at Baycrest Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Her business Notes By Amy was founded in 1995 and provides a variety of professional services including: Summer Performing Arts Program, Private Music Therapy and Guided Imagery and Music Sessions, Performances, Clinical Music Therapy Supervision and Mentoring, Voice Lessons, Music Therapy Courses, and Research Collaboration.

Clements-Cortes obtained her Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Toronto. Her work has been presented throughout the world at numerous conferences including: the World Federation of Music Therapy, European Music Therapy Congress, American Music Therapy Association, Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Ontario Gerontology Association Conference, International Symposium on Music Therapy in Supportive Cancer Care, and the International Congress on Palliative Care. Dr. Clements-Cortes’ scholarly writings have been published in the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Canadian Music Educator’s Journal, and the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

With her strong commitment and interest in supervision Clements-Cortes has written a handbook on Internship Supervision and created a workbook for workshops that she provides to train new Internship Supervisors. She has developed an on-line supervisor training course which is approved for CBMT credits. Her commitment in this area is evidenced in her volunteer work on the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) Board of Directors where she held the position of Internship Chair for 5 years. Currently, she is President of CAMT, Clinical Commissioner for the World Federation of Music Therapy and Vice-Chair and BOD Member for the Room 217 Foundation.

Dr. Clements-Cortes has produced several recordings. Recently she released Soothing Relaxation Journeys and Episodes of Relationship Completion. Her collaboration with musician David Bradstreet saw the emergence of two therapeutic CDs: Theracalm and Therasleep. These CDs were specifically designed to target brain waves to induce states of calm and sleep for those experiencing anxiety, and sleep disorders. www.theramusic.com Her other areas of past and current research projects and interests includes: music to reduce pain perception; music to facilitate sleep; music therapy to reduce anxiety; and the incidence of burnout in palliative care music therapists.

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