Together, we are making it happen
As a community, we are creating the vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to access, experience, heal, and connect through music. Thank you for being part of all that is happening.
Below you will find descriptions of new programs that will serve the community we all love, along with highlights from the past year.
Program Expansions in the Coming Year
The Lullaby Project
The Lullaby Project started at Carnegie Hall in New York. Similar projects have been implemented in more than a dozen cities across the country – and we are now part of its expression in Reno. The Lullaby Project in Reno is a collaboration between Reno Philharmonic, Note-Able Music Therapy Services, and Step2 Residential Treatment Center.
Participants in the Lullaby Project are mothers who are in residential treatment for addiction and are currently separated from their children. These women will write lullabies with music therapists from Note-Able Music Therapy Services, to help them express their love and hopes for their children. The songs will then be orchestrated in collaboration with the Reno Philharmonic and recorded at Tanglewood Productions, resulting in CDs of mothers singing their truest expression to their children. Regardless of when or if reunion happens, these children will have a tangible expression of their mothers’ hearts and voices.
A brief video about the Lullaby Project at Carnegie and some of the lives that have already been touched by creating music by mothers, for their children.
Community Choirs for Seniors
Singing in community can heal on so many levels; it is good for physical strength, breath capacity, and mental acuity and orientation. Singing is also great for melting social isolation and creating connection across boundaries and limitations.
Social isolation has so many detrimental effects on our physical and mental health, and it is at epidemic levels among seniors. NMTS is starting community choirs for seniors who may be isolated for any number of reasons. These choirs will be designed to reduce as many barriers to participation as possible.
- The first three choirs will begin at McKinley Arts and at two low-income senior housing facilities
- Seniors can attend when they are able – with no fear of being kicked out if they are absent for illness or other issues
- Songs will be well-known, easy to sing, and will be taught in a way that reading music is not necessary
These weekly choirs will provide the social structure and connection necessary to keep people engaged and healthy. We welcome people to come as they are and be fully included in the music, even if they can barely make a sound. What matters most is participation.
Making it happen – gift by gift
Neurologic Music Therapy
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a specialization within music therapy, with a focus on serving people with specific neurological diagnoses. With two NMT trained therapists on staff, we are preparing a new program to bring the incredible power of music to effect changes in the brain. We will be providing additional information about the specific NMT services we will be offering, but if you are interested in learning more about the research and interventions, please visit the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.
Diagnoses include (but are not limited to):
- Traumatic brain injury
- Stroke recovery
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
That’s not all that’s new!
Other programs are in the works as well. This truly is a time of dynamic growth for Note-Able Music Therapy Services. Please be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay up with the latest!
2016-2017 at Note-Able Music Therapy Services
- Hired a full-time music therapist for additional programming
- Expanded services at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services
- New services at Renown’s Institute of Cancer and Patient Enrichment Program
- New contract with The Life Change Center to serve people recovering from opioid addiction
- New collaboration with The Eddy House to bring music therapy to at-risk and homeless youth
- New classes including songwriting, Exploring Music Teen and Jr classes, the Electronic Music Project, and a support group for people with disabilities
- More than 250 people attended our first annual Fall Showcase at the Nugget Celebrity Showroom, with more than 60 NMTS participants performing on the “big stage”
- More than 400 people attended our 2016 Summertime Blues Artown event, with performances by The Electric Catfish, Bridge Church Blues Band, and more than 50 NMTS performers
- The Note-Ables played 42 gigs throughout northern Nevada, reaching more than 10,000 audience members