|Issue 7/Volume 6
July 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.
We have a lot of news this month so I am going to keep my message short – but I just have to share all of ways that northern Nevada is embracing music therapy. First of all, the number of music therapists has more than doubled in the last couple of years – from three in 2012 to seven of us now. With these new therapists has come new energy and advocacy. Just since the start of this year, both Nevada Early Intervention Services and West Hills hospital have created new positions and hired board-certified and licensed music therapists to fill them. Note-Able Music Therapy Services began our partnership with Renown Children’s Hospital to provide music therapy for their young patients – the first program of its kind in Nevada.
One of the most exciting things for our field is that the University of Nevada has approved an Introduction to Music Therapy course for the fall 2014 semester! This course (MUS224) will be taught by our very own Sara Rosenow. It will provide an overview of music therapy across populations, along with discussions about current research on music and the brain. Give Sara a call at 324-5521 if you would like more information. And please help us spread the word about this course, which we hope will be the first step toward the creation of a full-fledged music therapy degree program at UNR!
Note-Worthy: Ellie Van Winkle
We are excited to feature Ellie Van Winkle, who is starting her term as Board President of Note-Able Music Therapy Services this month. Since moving to Reno in 1973, Ellie – mother to two grown children and married for forty years – has been a huge asset to our community. She has been an active volunteer and board member for the Junior League of Reno, CAAW, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Adopt-A-Park, Secret Witness, Winter Special Olympics, and of course, Note-Able Music Therapy Services.
Ellie joined the NMTS Board of Directors in 2011. Though she cannot remember exactly when she first heard about NMTS, she became very excited about being involved. “As a speech pathologist at Northern Nevada Medical Center, I work with adults who have had strokes, head injuries, complex medical issues, neurological disorders and dementia. Initially, I became involved in NMTS because I loved how much fun the band members were having as they performed. I also loved the positive energy that was generated by their audiences. I felt I had a lot of expertise/knowledge to bring to the Board with my community experiences and my profession as a speech pathologist. I have seen how music has empowered children and adults with and without disabilities.”
Born in Bolivia, Ellie immigrated to the US with her family when she was four. “I spent most of my childhood in Salt Lake City, but due to my father’s work, we also lived in Nigeria at a mining camp,” says Ellie. After returning to the University of Utah and graduating with a BS in Medical Technology, Ellie and her husband, Judge Jim Van Winkle, moved to Reno. She worked as a med tech until 1985 when she decided to open her own paralegal business. Later, she attended UNR where she obtained a Masters of Science in speech pathology.
When asked if she has any favorite memories of her time with Note-Able Music Therapy Services, Ellie says, “I don’t have any particular favorites, I am just proud to be part of this very worthwhile organization. It has made me more respectful towards individuals with disabilities. I am in awe of the talent, strength and commitment people have.”
As she begins her new term, Ellie is looking forward to increasing community awareness and involvement in NMTS and growing board membership. Thinking of the future, Ellie says, “I don’t have any immediate plans for the future. I am excited to be the Board President. I believe my next career change will probably be retirement!”
Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux
Come down to Wingfield Park this Saturday July 5th, and enjoy a family-friendly festival featuring some of the many great things Reno has to offer. Featured bands include The Note-Ables, Moondog Matinee, Beatles Flashback, Slide Mountain Band, Kung Fu Sophie, Electric Catfish the Band, Rock Shop, Mason Frey,Nicole Oh and performances from the Note-Able Music Therapy Services Classes.
There will be a bounce house, bubble depot and hula hooping for the kids. There will be food and drinks from Mellow Yellow, Electric Blue Elephant, Hot Dog Rod, Java Ship Coffee and Island Ice. A BIG Thank you to Great Basin Brewing Co. who will be donating 100% of the proceeds from beer sales that day back to Note-Able Music Therapy Services.
The Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux is part of Artown, and is sponsored by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Great Basin Brewing Company, and United Federal Credit Union.
Disney Getaway Raffle
This prize is valued at $548! Drawing will be held on July 5th at Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux (Need not be present to win).
Restrictions: Tickets valid until February 2nd 2016. Not upgradeable. Not valid December 25th – 31st of any year. Cannot be resold.
July 5th 2014 / 2 – 10 p.m./ Wingfield Park
See description above! *This is instead of the Artown event we usually hold at McKinley, and all of our classes will be performing throughout the day.*
July 14th – 18th / 10 – 2 p.m./ McKinley Arts & Culture Centre
It’s that time again! There is only ONE SPACE left in this summer’s music camp. 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.Art Paws
July 20th 2014/ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m./ McKinley Arts & Culture Centre
Art Paws is the only “Bring Your Dog Day” during Artown! Bring the whole family down to this free event. Proceeds benefit local pet organizations. The Note-Ables will be playing between 2 and 5 p.m.
Artown at the Airport
Reno Midtown Art Walk
June Thank Yous
Thank you to Vivienne French for donating your time and expertise to provide a fantastic “friendraising” training for our Board of Directors.
Thank you to Emily Hammer and all of the staff at Macaroni Grill for hosting a fundraising and outreach evening for NMTS
And as always, thank you to our June program and office volunteers:
Wish list item of the month: iTunes Gift Cards!
Endowment Fund Founding Circle
We are excited to announce that we are extending the opportunity to become a member of the Founding Circle through December 2014!
One of our proudest accomplishments has been 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.
Please join us in welcoming the newest member
Mr. Tony Macaluso
Founding Circle Members
The Advisory Board of Note-Able Music Therapy Services
The Board of Directors of Note-Able Music Therapy Services
The Eckert Family
Tony Macaluso – In memory of Joe, Mary and Fina 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 can help those without the means to express themselves to communicate. There is a need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care, says researcher Karin Mössler at Uni Research in Bergen, Norway.
|In this issue
Message from ManalNote-Worthy:
Ellie Van Winkle
Endowment Fund Founding Circle
Music Therapy in the News
Quote of the Month
One good thing about music – when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Board of Directors
Scott Harrington (President)
Ellie Van Winkle (President-Elect)
Mary Lee Fulkerson