Music Therapist, Performer, Vocal Instructor, Educator, Researcher

About Amy: Bio

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Amy Clements-Cortes

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 20 years at Baycrest Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Her business Notes By Amy was founded in 1995 and provides a variety of professional services including: Private Music Therapy, Psychotherapy, 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 Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Canadian Music Educator's Journal, Barcelona Publications, Annals of Long-Term Care, and the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She currently serves on the editorial review board of Music Therapy Perspectives, Journal of Music Therapy, Voices, Austin Palliative, Arts in Psychotherapy, Global Journal of Public and Health Science,  and the Journal of Palliative Care and Pain Management.

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 and President. Currently, Amy is Past-President of the World Federation of Music Therapy, and Managing Editor of the Journal of Music and Medicine.

Dr. Clements-Cortes has produced several recordings, including: 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. 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.

At present, Dr. Clements-Cortes is Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Music Therapy Instructor & Graduate Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Academic Coordinator Ryerson Chang School and Instructor. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, CRPO and a board certified music therapist.