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.
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. She believes in the power of using music to foster strong therapeutic relationships and meaningful change; both intrapersonal and interpersonal.
Jesse Dollimont, MTA
Vice President / Acting Education & Professional Development Chair
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.
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
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
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.
Lucinda Johnston, MTA
Public Relations and Advocacy Director
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.
Fleur Hughes, MTA
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 wellbeing. 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.