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Albums

Soothing Relaxation Journeys

Soothing Relaxation Journeys

This compilation has been created to treat your mind and body to four music and imagery relaxation journeys. Each track provides a short break from your daily life and stressors. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes in your day to enjoy one of the journeys.

Music Can Help You Reduce Stress

Across the centuries music has been used in combination with healing practices. The relaxing music on this recording facilitates slower heart and respiratory rates, calms the mind of racing thoughts, and makes it possible for a person to reach a deep level of rest and serenity.

Try it out and listen to the two excerpts.

Journeys:

  1. Peace and Serenity
  2. The Colours of the Rainbow
  3. A Tranquil Sanctuary
  4. Healing

Narration:

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT‑BC

Music:

Sincere Tung, BMT, MTA

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Episodes of Relationship Completion

Episodes of Relationship Completion

There are key sentiments that need to be expressed to help individuals accomplish relationship completions. According to Byock (1997) this includes: "I Love You," "I Forgive You," "Forgive Me," "Thank You," and "Goodbye." Relationship completion does not mean a relationship is over, but rather that you have reached a place of closure. 

This song cycle is about episodes of relationship completion with four terminally ill patients living their last days. Each participant engaged in various levels of relationship completion with themselves, others or with a transpersonal entity. These persons and their significant others were part of a study that looked at the role of music therapy intended to facilitate relationship completion.

The collection of songs is an artistic portrayal of the research study's results and thematic analyses. I have selected songs to represent each participant's experiences. The songs represent key sentiments that participants expressed to help them complete the relationships that they identified as significant to them at this point in their lives.

For the CODA I selected the song Fix You as an expression from me about the process of participating in these music therapy sessions as the music therapist, and also as a way for me to say goodbye to my participants.

Songs List:

  1. I Love You
  2. Can't Help Falling in Love with You
  3. Thank You for Loving Me
  4. Out Here on My Own
  5. Over the Rainbow
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Ave Maria
  8. The Love I Feel for You Sarah
  9. Habanera (from Carmen)
  10. Fix You

Vocals:

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT‑BC

Piano:

Sincere Tung, BMT, MTA

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By The Shining Waters

By The Shining Waters

Love Songs offering to Susan from Dave

Dave & Susan were married and had two beautiful sons Joshua and Aaron. Dave worked for IBM and Susan worked as a teacher in Toronto. Unfortunately, the year after Susan retired from teaching she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After the operation, chemotherapy & radiation, Susan spent a year on the palliative wing of Baycrest Hospital where she died on December 19, 2009.

While in hospital Susan had individual music therapy sessions with Music Therapist, Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes once a week. Susan, Dave & Amy decided to work together to compose the music for the poetry that Dave had written for Susan back in 1967 and to create a song cycle of David & Susan’s lives.

Songs List:

  1. By the Shining Waters
  2. I Came to Her Door
  3. Interlude
  4. I Love Her Indeed
  5. The River Meets the River
  6. Crystal Shape
  7. Interlude
  8. The Planet

Vocals:

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT‑BC

Piano:

Sincere Tung, BMT, MTA

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$20 plus $4 for shipping and handling.

 

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Books

Voices of the Dying and Bereaved

Cover of the book Voices of the dying and bereaved

This book presents valuable information on the role of music therapy with respect to a number of issues common to end-of-life care and bereavement with a focus on grief and loss. The purpose of the book is to provide information and examples of ways of working in music therapy with the dying and bereaved for students, professional music therapists, as well as those in related healthcare roles and companions on the journey of the dying. The co-authors practice in an eclectic model of music therapy that is humanistic and client –centered at its core. Part one provides a thematic review of literature describing the use of music in end-of-life care, as well as a summary of music therapy techniques commonly implemented in these environments. This is followed by the presentation of 3 case study chapters based on Clements-Cortes' work in palliative care. Each chapter is completed with a link back to the emerging themes in end-of-life care as outlined in chapter one. Part two presents a thematic review of literature describing the use of music in bereavement, and is followed by 3 case study chapters based on Klinck's work in bereavement care, illustrating the narrative experiences of her research study participants. Part two concludes with the presentation of an author developed Music Therapy Bereavement Group Model. Case studies are presented in narrative format, and in this way honor the voices of the dying and bereaved and fully illuminate the therapeutic process in work towards client identified goals.