Amy Clements- Cortes

Assistant Professor


Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes , Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Music and Health Research Collaboratory; Music Therapy Instructor & Graduate Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; and Senior Music Therapist/Practice Advisor, Baycrest Centre, Toronto. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, President of the World Federation of Music Therapy, Managing Editor of the Journal of Music and Medicine, and Board Member for the Room 217 Foundation. She has served as a President and Internship Chair for the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT). She is published in multiple journals and has given over 100 invited academic and conference presentations.


Area of Interest

Alternative therapies
Music therapy
Qualitative research
Palliative care

top publication

1. Clements-Cortés, A. (2015). Clinical effects of choral singing for older adults. Music and Medicine, 7(4), 7-12.
2. Clements-Cortés, A. (2015). Singing for health, connection and care. Music and Medicine, 7(4),13-23.
3. Clements-Cortés, A. (2015). Development and efficacy of music therapy techniques within palliative care. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice,10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.04.004
4. Clements-Cortés, A. (2015). A survey study of Pre-professionals’ understanding of the Canadian music therapy internship experience. Journal of Music Therapy, 52(2), 221-257.
5. Clements-Cortés, A. & Bartel, L. (2015). Sound stimulation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.Annals of Long Term Care, 23(5), 10-16.
6. Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Breaking free: Healing physical, verbal and sexual abuse through the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Association for Music and Imagery Journal, 14, 39-60.
7. Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Sing-a-long DVD and activity package pilot study with older adults. Music Technology and Education, 7(2), 123-139.
8. Lee, C. A. & Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Applications of clinical improvisation and aesthetic music therapy in medical settings: An analysis of Debussy’s ‘L’isle joyeuse’. Music and Medicine, 6(2), 61-69.
9. Clements-Cortés, A. (2014). Getting your groove on with the Tenori-on. Music Technology and Education 7(1), 59–74, doi: 10.1386/ jmte.7.1.59_1
10. lements-Cortés, A. (2014). Buddy’s Glee Club two: Choral singing benefits for older adults. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 20(1), 85-109.
11. Clements-Cortés, A. & Pearson, S. (2014). Discovering community music therapy in practice: Case reports from two Ontario hospitals. International Journal of Community Music, 7(1), 93-111.
12. Clements-Cortés, A. (2013). Burnout in music therapists: Work, individual, and social factors, Music Therapy Perspectives, 31(2), 166-174.
13. Clements-Cortés, A. (2013) Buddy's Glee Club: Singing for Life, Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 37(4), 273-290, DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2013.845716
14. Gordon, M., & Clements-Cortés, 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.
15. Clements-Cortés, A. (2013). Freeing the voice within. Canadian Music Educators Journal, 55(1), 19-24.