April 2015


Happy Spring!

I hope this message finds you and your family doing well.

Just like the trees outside with their brand new leaves, we at Note-Able Music Therapy Services are creating new ideas, programs and opportunities for growth. There are a lot of new things in the works which aren’t quite ready for announcement, but one thing we can tell you about is our new dance workshop!

Wendy Firestone is teaching a 6-week creative dance workshop for teens and adults (14+) of all abilities starting on Saturday, April 25th. Check out the flier! 

Call us at 775.324.5521 or mail@note-ables.org to register. Workshop fees are $50 for the six classes. It’s a great way to celebrate spring, body and soul.

We have quite a lot going on this month, so I hope you take a moment to check out the calendar. And, as usual, we also have a lot to be thankful for, including you. Thank you for helping to bring music to our community!

Sarah Toney
Development Director

Frank Mackin

On the afternoon of March 3rd, we threw a bittersweet party to celebrate Frank Mackin and all he has done for The Note-Ables. That afternoon we sang and reminisced as Frank officially retired from the performing group.

Frank joined our Exploring Music class in 2005. Three years later he successfully auditioned for The Note-Ables with a beautiful rendition of Let it Be. Frank fit in to the band right away, and he quickly became an audience favorite with his smooth voice and charismatic stage presence. He loves to perform and it shows. As Frank says, “It is an honor to bring the joy of music to everyone.” And we are honored that he shared his talents with us for ten years.

We miss Frank’s smile, energy and enthusiasm already – but we know that he is definitely not leaving! Frank is now an “Emeritus Note-Able,” and he will continue be part of the NMTS family. Next time you are at a Note-Ables concert, keep an eye out for Frank. He will be cheering from the audience, and may even join the band on stage for a song or two.

Thank you Frank for all the joy you have shared with us and the thousands of people who have seen you perform over the past ten years. Enjoy retirement, you deserve it!



Best of Facebook

I thought it would be fun to share our most popular Facebook post of the past month. We always find wonderful things to share, but so few folks actually get to see these gems. This is the one that y’all liked the most. It’s a really touching short video about the inclusion of man with a hearing disability. Check it out! (Click picture to play)


Tune into Financial Planning

(In this section, we feature a monthly column from a local financial advisor to help you to improve your financial portfolio through the benefits of giving to nonprofits. Not only can you help us, you can improve your own financial well being!)

It’s never too early to start planning for next tax season!

A simple way to possibly receive a tax deduction is by making a contribution to a non-profit entity, like NMTS.  You may be able to deduct a cash donation made this year to a non-profit entity from your tax year 2015 taxable income.

If you have any questions on using a cash donation as part of your tax planning for tax year 2015 (and beyond), please contact Note-Able Music Therapy Services for further information.  NMTS can put you in contact with a local advisor who can help answer any specific questions you might have concerning this or other planning techniques/topics.
Call 324-5521 or mail@note-ables.org

As always, we encourage you to consult with a local, tax professional or financial advisor before proceeding with any tax planning or donation strategy.


Upcoming Events

Autism Walk – April 26th

We’re going to be at the Autism Walk in support of the Just in Hope Foundation on April 26th. It’s a great event supporting a great organization. Check it out!

Basement Session – April 27th, 5:30pm

If you’re interested in learning more about NMTS and music therapy, come join us for our Basement Session in April! There will be music, appetizers, wine, and lots of fun. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Please email Sarah Toney if you’re interested in attending.

City of Reno hosts Music and Motion with The Note-Ables –
April 28th, 11:30am

The City of Reno is hosting a series of events for people with disabilities and their caretakers. Check out the schedule here, share and sign up!

Spring Recital – May 2nd, 3:00pm

Our music students have been working hard all year and are ready to perform! You’re welcome to come listen to music and support our participants in their journey. The recital is at McKinley Arts Center. It is free and open to everyone.

Spring Social – Celebrating our volunteers and donors!
May 3rd, 12:30 – 2pm

It’s time to celebrate our very special community and say a special thank you to all of you who have worked so tirelessly over the past year to help and support NMTS! If you’re a donor or volunteer, you’ll be receiving your invitation soon. Put the date in your calendar so you can be there when we name the Volunteer and Supporter of the Year!

Please check our website for the most up-to-date information on events and activities.

Music Therapy in the News

Music therapists were named as the Persons of the Week by ABC News. How wonderful to have our work receive such great coverage in the news. Thank you, ABC News! Click here to read the full story.

March Thank Yous

WOW! Thank you, Tia!  Tia_and_Manal.jpg

Tia Henderson, Miss Sparks Outstanding Teen, was acknowledged for her work in the community with the Violet Richardson Award from Soroptimist International of Washoe County. Congratulations! Tia chose to donate her award dollars to provide supplies for the dance classes in which she volunteers. So wonderful. Thank you!

Thank you AWCMS!

NMTS was honored to be one of the recipients of the 2015 Alliance with the Washoe County Medical Society grants. The AWCMS puts on the tremendous “Doctors Wives” Rummage Sale every year in support of nonprofits like us. The funds will support our scholarship fund to provide music therapy services for low income families.

Thank you to NV Big Give and our donors!

NMTS participated in the NV Big Give on March 12th. It’s a day of coordinated philanthropy across the state. Thanks to a timely donation by board member Kate Kirkpatrick, NMTS won an additional Golden Ticket prize of $250 from Nevada Gives. It was a fun day and we so appreciate the donations we received!

Thank you to our classroom and office volunteers!

Leif Christensen, Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Sharon Hickox, Troy Jorgensen, Michael Lahnala, Nanette Mueller, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Mary Shoen, Amina Wilson, Mark Yan, Michael Young, Forrest Zeiter

Endowment Founding Circle

A very special circle of people!

The Board of Directors of Note-Able Music Therapy Services:
Ellie Van Winkle, President

The Advisory Board of Note-Able Music Therapy Services
The Eckert Family
Joe Macaluso
Tony Macaluso – In memory of Joe, Mary and Fina Macaluso
Pythia Sisters of Nevada: Jeanille Hyde, Grand Chief
Ms. Heidemarie Rochlin
Dr. & Mrs. Tousson Toppozada
Earl & Peggy Whitney
The Wilson Family
The Note-Able Music Therapy Services endowment fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. By contributing to the fund, you will guarantee that children and adults – no matter their age or ability – will always have a place where they can learn, grow, and experience a community that is connected through the love of music. Please call or email us for more information about how you can contribute to the legacy of NMTS.



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.


Board of Directors

Ellie Van Winkle (President)
Scott Harrington (Past President)
Kate Kirkpatrick (Secretary)
Jim Robertson(Treasurer)
Charles Kazemi (Director)

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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