Association for Alberta
The mission of the MTAA is to promote excellence in music therapy practice, education, and development, to further public awareness of music therapy in Alberta, and to serve as an organizational agency for its members.
The MTAA represents certified music therapists on a provincial level and is a chapter of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT). Provincial chapters must operate in accordance with the CAMT code of ethics and standards of practice, and all active voting members of these chapters must be members in good standing of the CAMT.
Board of Directors
Cheryl Fernandez, MTA
Cheryl completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. She currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, and works primarily with older adults in long term care.
Elaine Cheung, MMT, MTA
Elaine earned her Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier
University in Ontario. Through a person-centred approach, she
believes in developing a meaningful therapeutic relationship to
maximize a person’s potential for change and growth She currently
resides in Calgary and enjoys the thrill of working with people of any
Jan Pearce, MA, LGSMT, MTA
Jan Pearce MA, LGSMT, MTA, Fellow of the Association of Music & Imagery, Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner. Home is Calgary, Alberta. She studied Music Therapy in London, England under Juliet Alvin and recently completed an MA in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University. Private practise specializing with seniors, adult mental health, end of life care.
Kate Ager, MTA
Kate is an accredited music therapist (MTA) and currently resides in Chestermere, AB.
Hilary MacAuley, MTA
Hilary is an accredited music therapist (MTA) and the owner of MasterworX Music Therapy. She has a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Acadia University, and completed her clinical internship with JB Music Therapy in Calgary, working with a wide variety of ages and abilities. She is a board-certified music therapist, accredited with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and a member of the Music Therapy Association of Alberta. She is also a qualified Music Together teacher and is trained in Sprouting Melodies programming.
Originally from Cape Breton, she now resides in Calgary. When not running music therapy sessions or talking about music therapy, she enjoys cycling, reading, learning new languages, and searching Calgary for the best cup of coffee.
Jesse Dollimont, BMT, MTA
Continuing Education and Professional Development
Jesse is a graduate of the Canadian Mennonite University Music therapy program, and holds a certificate in Music Performance from Grant MacEwan University. Jesse is passionate about public education and advocacy for music therapy - and views therapeutic musical interactions as powerful agents for healing for all populations. Jesse is a member of the team at JB Music Therapy in Calgary, Alberta.
Lucinda Johnston, MTA
Public Relations and Advocacy
Lucinda Johnston is an MTA with a small private practise in Edmonton, AB (Capilano University Grad) and the Music Librarian at the University of Alberta. She has provided music therapy for a number of clinical populations, including children & adults with special needs, elders with dementia and other ongoing health conditions, and in hospice and mental health settings. She is excited to serve the MTAA membership in the PR and Advocacy position, and hopes her contributions will support our profession overall in Alberta.
Andrew Ichikawa, MTA
Andrew’s music therapy practice, Pathways Music Therapy, provides music therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults in Lethbridge and surrounding communities. Andrew primarily works in early childhood and school settings. He has previously provided music therapy services in continuing care and palliative care. He has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Capilano College/Open University of British Columbia (now Capilano University).
Tiffany Sparrow, MA, BMT, MTA
Tiffany Sparrow (Edmonton, AB) is an accredited music therapist (MTA) specializing in mood and eating disorders and neurological rehabilitation in medical settings. She offers music interventions, counseling and meditation to facilitate pain reduction, emotional balance, speech and gait rehab support, relaxation and wellness. Tiffany completed her bachelor of music therapy (BMT) at Wilfrid Laurier University and, more recently, her masters (MA) in Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta where she researched the artistry and health implications of group chanting (kirtan). She taught as the primary instructor for the Introduction to Music Therapy (CHRTP 381) course for four terms through St. Stephen’s College and also has experience as a research assistant as well as a teaching assistant (Introduction to Music and Popular Culture). Tiffany is also a multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and certified Yoga instructor!
Christine Fabian, MTA
Christine Fabian has been a member of the MTAA board since 2017. She currently provides music therapy services within Edmonton through her private practice (Solful Music Therapy), specializing in working with children and seniors.
Ashley Miller, MTA
Ashley obtained a Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Montana. Not stopping there, Ashley continued her education in performance and music therapy at the University of New Mexico, and Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Ashley has participated in clarinet training with several esteemed instructors, including Joyce Howdle, Dr. Maxine Ramey, Keith Lemmons and Dr. Stan Fisher. She has also had the privilege of studying music therapy under the direction of Paul Lauzon and Dr. Heather Price, followed by an internship with supervisor Nicola Oddy.