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.

July Message

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!”

Take Note

Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux

Artown logoCome 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

Disneyland LogoDon’t miss your chance to win 4 one-day park hopper passes for entrance to both Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure Park! Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 – Click here to purchase tickets. All proceeds benefit Note-Able Music Therapy Services.

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.

Upcoming Events

Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux

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.*

Teen Beat Summer Music Camp

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
July 21st 2014/ 12 – 1 p.m. / Reno Tahoe International AirportThe Note-Ables 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.

Reno Midtown Art Walk
July 24th 2014/ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m./ Midtown, Reno
The annual Midtown Art Walk showcases dozens of artists, musicians, and merchants. The Note-Ables will perform as part of this fun event at Recycled Furniture on Virginia. Performance will be approximately 7 – 8pm.

NMTS Day at Reno Aces Ballpark
August 7th 2014/ 7:05 p.m./ Reno Aces BallparkJoin Note-Able Music therapy services for a notable evening at the Reno Aces Ballpark! Catch the first home game against Sacramento on August 7th and support Note-Able Music Therapy Services at the same time. Wear your Note-Able shirts and bring your friends. Click here for tickets!

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 in a row.

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:
Lara Ayres, Leif Christensen, Nate Eng, Becca Euffer, Mark Geeson, Michael Lahnala, Nanette Mueller, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Jack Stewart, Michael Young, and Amina Wilson


Wish List

Wish list item of the month: iTunes Gift Cards!

  • Donations for scholarships
  • Board and Advisory Board members
  • Items for children’s sessions & waiting area (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, 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)


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
of the NMTS Endowment Fund Founding Circle:

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

Joe Macaluso

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

There are many ways to contribute to the NMTS endowment – monthly giving, donations in honor or memory of a loved one, stocks, insurance gifts, and of course legacy gifts and bequests. Please call, email us or click here to learn more about how you too can be part of this wonderful group of supporters.

Music Therapy in the News

A need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care

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

Take Note:
Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux
Disney Getaway Raffle

Upcoming Events

Wish List

Endowment Fund Founding Circle

Music Therapy in the News

Quick Links

NMTS Website

Events Page

Disneyland Getaway Raffle

Quote of the Month

One good thing about music – when it hits you, you feel no pain.
~Bob Marley



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


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