Music Therapy

Association for Alberta

About MTAA

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 at the provincial level. Provincial chapters must operate in accordance with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (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.

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Board of Directors


Elaine Cheung, MMT, MTA



Elaine earned her Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier
University in Ontario.  Through a music-centred and 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 operates a private practice serving those who require mental health support.


Jesse Dollimont, MTA

Vice President


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.


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. She believes in the power of using music to foster strong therapeutic relationships and meaningful change; both intrapersonal and interpersonal. 


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.


Hilary MacAuley, MTA

Membership Director


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.


Fleur Hughes, MTA

Ethics Director

Fleur completed her Music Therapy Master’s degree at the University of West England in 2015. She has worked a variety of populations and settings including education, long-term care and mental health organizations. Her therapeutic approach is person-centred and rooted in a humanistic perspective. Fleur is working towards a PHD in Music, focusing on improvisation, mental health and well-being. As an advocate for the profession she has been involved in FACT-AB who is advocating for regulation of counselling therapies in Alberta and received the 2020 Advocacy Award from the CAMT.


Lisa Jacobs, MTA


Lisa is a graduate from Capilano University in North Vancouver. She is a skilled and gifted musician as well as therapist working predominately with a strength-based approach.  When not practicing Music Therapy Lisa can be found performing with the likes of Jocelyn Alice and Jann Arden.


Jessamy Vegter, MTA


Jessamy is a graduate of Capilano University’s Music Therapy program with a background in Music and Child & Youth Care from MacEwan University. She is deeply appreciative of how music therapy can provide anyone an opportunity to experience success, and endlessly curious about the way music interacts with the brain. When not providing music therapy to a variety of folks, Jessamy can often be found in a harmony, a board game, or a warm conversation, delighted to be home in Edmonton under prairie skies. 

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Jean Hinton, MTA


Jean Hinton is a newly minted MTA based in her hometown of Lethbridge. She holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Vocal Performance from King’s University in Edmonton. She is the owner of Coulee Roots Music Therapy and is a facilitator for the Sing It Girls program in Lethbridge.