May 2014 Newsletter

News & Notes

Issue 5/Volume 6
May 1st, 2014

News & Notes is the monthly newsletter from Note-Able Music Therapy Services. Here is your chance to catch up with the band, check out upcoming events, find out how music therapy is impacting our community and the world, and much more.  You can also keep up with us by checking out our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

May Message

I first want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to our Big Give campaign last week! The funds we raised will support campers in our Teen Beat Summer Music Camp. We are still welcoming sponsors for this year’s camp. If you are interested in helping us pay for camp costs, please give me a call!

TBSMC is a lot of work, but it is one of the highlights of our year. It is also one of our most popular programs. I was thinking about the fact that it is barely May and the camp is almost full. In fact, almost all of our classes have waiting lists now. It’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is wonderful to know that people want to access music programs and music therapy services. On the other, it gets frustrating for us to keep telling people, “Sorry, there’s no room, but we can put you on the waiting list.”

We add new people to our classes so infrequently that I forget how exciting it can be to join a new group of friends. We were recently able to fill an opening in our Exploring Music II class. The young girl was beside herself with excitement when we told her that she was officially part of the class. Her response was, “Does this mean that I’m the newest member of The Note-Ables? I can’t believe it, this is the happiest day of my life!” I don’t remember the last time I saw someone literally jump for joy! I definitely got a little teary-eyed.

Speaking of the joy of music, one of the best places to experience it is at our annual student recital, which is this Saturday, May 3rd, 3pm in the auditorium of the McKinley Arts and Culture Center. It is a wonderful chance to see the range of talent that we have here at NMTS. The recital is free and open to everyone – hope to see you there!

– Manal

Note-Worthy – Jeff Bloyd

In September of 2013, a new face joined The Note-Ables performing group. “Michael (Lahnala) needed a part for his electric guitar and Mark (Geeson) came to me,” says Jeff, “that is how I was introduced to The Note-Ables.” It was a temporary gig at first, but after a couple of months the group asked him to stay. So in December 2013, electric guitarist Jeff Bloyd officially became a member of the band.

One would think that Jeff was born with a guitar in
his hand because the music just seems to flow from his fingers. Jeff actually started playing guitar in 1966 at the California School for the Blind in Berkeley. In high school he picked up the trumpet and played it, along with the guitar, throughout college.

A native of Fresno, California, Jeff relocated to Reno in 2002 after spending many years on the road. “I travelled around a lot after college, playing with a lot of road bands. I’ve played disco, country, rock and blues but I always was fond of playing flamenco and classical guitar, they are just very different from everything else,” says Jeff. “Of all the places I travelled, I think Valdez, Alaska is my favorite. It was just a great place.” Jeff still keeps up with the band life, playing with ‘Posse’ out of Fallon, the New Bridge Church band and a few other local groups.

Besides his love of music, Jeff is also very into sports, “I keep up with all the Bay Area teams – Giants, 49ers and the Warriors. I am a really big sports fan.”

Take Note – Teen Beat Summer Camp


“This is the highlight of Eddie’s year. Ever since he came last summer this is all he has talked about. When is music camp? When do I get to play music again? When we told him that he going to be able to go to music camp again this year, you would have thought he won the lottery!”

Yes it’s that time again. The weather is warming up, school is almost out, and we are busy planning our sixth annual Teen Beat Summer Music Camp. This year we are only holding ONE week of camp, which will run from July 14th through the 18th.

The camp is already more than half full and space is going fast. If you are interested in registering your teen, call asap to reserve your spot.

The cost of camp is $100 ($25 nonrefundable) due with registration, and includes a camp shirt and family lunch on Friday. Click here for more information and the registration form.

Upcoming Events

May 3rd 2014/ 3 p.m./ McKinley Arts and Culture Centre 

Our spring recital is a time for our students to shine. After months of hard work and preparation, more than 20 children and adults will have the opportunity to perform for their family and friends. We invite everyone to this special and heartwarming event.

Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux

July 5th 2014 / 2 – 10 p.m./ Wingfield Park

Celebrate Reno’s diversity with local bands, local brews, local food and more! Come down to Wingfeld Park and enjoy a family-friendly festival featuring some of the many great things Reno has to offer. *This event will be instead of the Artown event we usually hold at McKinley, and all of our classes will be performing at some point during the day.* More details to come.

Teen Beat Summer Music Camp

July 14th – 18th / 10 – 2 p.m./ McKinley Arts Centre

It’s that time again! This year we are only holding ONE week of summer music camp for teens between the ages of 12 and 21, and space is going fast. If you are interested in registering your teen, call 775.324.5521 asap to reserve your spot. The cost of camp is $100 ($25 nonrefundable), due with registration.

Artown at the Airport

July 21st 2014/ 12 – 1 p.m. / Reno Tahoe International Airport
The Note-Ables performing group perform in the main lobby of the airport, showcasing the talents of people with disabilities to more than 2,000 travelers in and out of Reno. This performance is free as part Artown’s “Art at the Airport” series

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

August 16th 2014/ 11 a.m./ Bowers Mansion, Washoe Valley NV

The Note-Ables will be playing at the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival for the third year. Thanks to everyone at the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association for having us again!

April Thank Yous

Our April program and office volunteers:

Leif Christensen, Nate Eng, Becca Euffer, Mark Geeson, Michael Lahnala, Kimberly Mahoney, Nanette Mueller, Jack Stewart, Michael Young, Brian Pachnik and Amina Wilson

Wish List

Wish list item of the month: 


  • Donations for scholarships
  • Board and Advisory Board members
  • Items for children’s sessions & waiting area (small toys, balls, dolls, puppets)
  • Office and art supplies (paper, post its, crayons, washable markers etc.)
  • Tickets to community music events
  • iPod
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Card stock (white and colored – 8.5×11 and 5.5×8.5 scored)
  • Printing – posters and mailings
  • Kitchen supplies (paper plates, napkins, disposable cups, baggies, foil, utensils)
  • Postage stamps and mailing materials
  • Plastic display holder and picture frames (8 ½” x 11″)
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, D, C, 9 and 3 volt)

Looking to the Future –
Endowment Fund Founding Circle

There are only TWO more months left to become a member of the
NMTS Endowment Founding Circle! 

One of our proudest accomplishments of 2013 was to establish an endowment fund through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. The fund was set up to guarantee that inclusive music programs and music therapy services will be available in our community for many years to come.

In honor of our 10th anniversary, our goal is to raise $100,000 by June 30th 2014. We are more than a quarter of the way there, and we know that we can reach our goal! The fund will of course be available for investment throughout the years. However, we are offering individuals, organizations, and businesses who contribute prior to July 1 the opportunity to become members of our Founding Circle. As a member of the Founding Circle, you will occupy a special place in our organization – and your generosity will always be part of the legacy of NMTS.

There are many ways to contribute to the Note-Able Music Therapy Services endowment – monthly giving, donations in honor or memory of a loved one, stocks, insurance gifts, and of course legacy gifts and bequests. Please call or email us to learn more about how you too can be part of our Founding Circle and join us as we embark on this exciting new journey.

Note-Able Music Therapy Services Endowment Fund Founding Circle

The Board of Directors of Note-Able Music Therapy Services

The Advisory Board of Note-Able Music Therapy Services
Eckert Family

Joe Macaluso

 Judge Nancy Oesterle

Pythian Sisters of Nevada – Jeanille Hyde, Grand Chief

Dr. and Mrs. Tousson Toppozada

Earl and Peggy Whitney

Music Therapy in the News

Music therapist takes melodic approach to healing

Music has healing properties — whether it’s quiet jazz or cacophonous rock anthems, a song can help long-repressed feelings to emerge, said Lisa Summer, one of more than 5,000 board-certified music therapists in the United States, and director of the music therapy program at Anna Maria College in Paxton.

“Music can address issues that people can’t express using words alone,” said Summer, 60. “Whether listening to music, singing, playing an instrument, or even writing lyrics, music can make positive changes in mood and emotions.”

In this issue

Message from ManalNote-Worthy – Jeff BloydTake Note – Teen CampUpcoming EventsWish List

Endowment Fund Founding Circle

Music Therapy in the News

Quick Links

NMTS Website

Events Page



Board of Directors
Scott Harrington (President)
Ellie Van Winkle (President-Elect)
Jaime Collins
Kate Kirkpatrick
Charles Kazemi
Jim Robertson
Marcy Swiatek
Advisory Board
Barbara Anderson
Tammy Borde
Christi Cakiroglu
Scott Faulkner
John Firestone
Bob Fulkerson
Mary Lee Fulkerson
Joe Macaluso
Lisa Mancini
Jeanine Mooers
Cindy Oesterle-Prescott
Toni Taylor

Note-Able Music Therapy Services



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