Owner & Director:
Notes By Amy Music is owned and operated by Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC, Fellow in the Association of Music & Imagery, and Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow, a prominent credentialed music therapist, registered psychotherapist, educator, keynote speaker and researcher, performing and recording artist. At present, Dr. Clements-Cortes is Assistant Professor Music and Health Sciences, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Music Therapy Instructor & Graduate Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Academic Coordinator & Instructor, Chang School. Amy is a former President and the current Research & Ethics Chair of the World Federation of Music Therapy, Managing Editor of the Journal of Music and Medicine and an approved provider for the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).
Amy began her career as a music therapist, performer, vocal and performing arts instructor. Her extensive clinical music therapy and psychotherapy experience involves working with individuals across the lifespan supporting: persons with dementia, cancer, terminal illness, mental health challenges, learning disabilities, developmental delay, autism, Parkinson's, stroke, traumatic brain injury; as well as those who have experienced trauma or who are seeking expanded awareness. Her business Notes By Amy was founded in 1995 and provides a variety of music therapy and psychotherapy services.
Amy obtained her Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Toronto. She has co-edited 2 books, and published over 50 peer reviewed jounal articles, as well as 35+ book chapter and entries. Her scholarly writings have been published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Music and Medicine, 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.
As a researcher, she has secured over $5 million dollars in research funds as a co-investigaor and collaoborator, as well as $375,000 as the Primary Investigator for clinical and education grants.
Amy has given 200+ academic and conference presentations at international venues, in addition to providing 18 keynotes. She currently serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, Music Therapy Perspectives, Journal of Music Therapy, Voices, Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, Arts in Psychotherapy, and Global Journal of Public and Health Science. Amy also engages in a variety of voluntary service work to further the professions of music therapy and psychotherapy. She has also served as a President and Internship Chair for the Canadian Association of Music Therapists and as a Conference Chair and Journal Guest Editor.
Amy has produced several recordings, including: Soothing Relaxation Journeys and Episodes of Relationship Completion. Research projects and foci include: relationship completion through music psychotherapy, vibroacoustic therapy for individuals with dementia, singing for health and wellness, performance anxiety, burnout, and clinical education and training.