March 2016

We hope that you’ve been enjoying our early spring weather! This time of year always seems like a good time to think about fresh starts and new beginnings. For us here at Note-Able Music Therapy Services, we are announcing a new job opening for another music therapist! This has been a goal of ours for a while now, and this spring is the right time to go for it. We hope to have the new therapist join our team sometime this summer. With another therapist, we’ll be adding classes to serve more people here at McKinley, as well as working with more partner organizations.

It’s exciting to consider how we can best bring music to more people. Thank you for your support and commitment to music and our community!

Sarah Toney

Development Director

PS The Nevada Big Give is coming up on March 10th! It’s a fun way to discover the work of great organizations in your community. We’re raising $2,000 for our Summer Beat Teen Camp! Please check out the Nevada Big Give and consider a contribution.

Music Therapy Perspectives – Songwriting and Healing

I recently read a story about a boy who wanted to write a song about his mom’s breast cancer. He wrote down the words to his song on a piece of paper, and put the paper in a CD player, hoping the CD player would play the song that was in his head. His dad found the paper and now popular recording artists around the world have collaborated to make his song audible. This story touched me deeply because I believe there are songs hiding in a lot of people: kids, adults, teens, elders – that aren’t necessarily becoming songs because people simply don’t have the tools to make it happen.

One of the greatest joys of my life work…read more

Evening of Romance – Pictures and Survey

The Evening of Romance photo booth photos are online and are still available for purchase from Stuart Murtland Photography. Stuart is donating 50% of proceeds from the Evening of Romance pictures to NMTS!

How to get your pictures?

1. Find your picture on the NMTS website and note the image number.
2. Contact Stuart at 775-786-0580 or by email to order digital files or prints.
3. After you pay for your order, Stuart will send you the pictures!Also, if you attended the Evening of Romance, please fill out a quick survey! Your feedback is invaluable in helping us improve our event year after year.

Best of Facebook

This month on Facebook, everyone’s favorite post was a video interview of Mary Lee Fulkerson as she talked about her brother Steve and her husband Chuck. The Fulkersons have been a big part of the Note-Ables since our beginning. In fact, Steve asked for donations to the Note-Ables for his birthday in 2002, before there was a non-profit or a even a bank account in which to deposit the checks. We are so grateful for the Fulkersons and how much they continue to enrich our community to this day.

Upcoming Events

Light it Up! Morning Dance Party – March 18th 8 – 9am

Morning dance parties are starting up around the country. Why? Because dancing is fun and does more for waking you up than a gallon of coffee. This morning adventure is a lightly structured dance party led by Laurie Martin, and is on a donation basis. Park on the west side of McKinley and head down the steps to our basement classroom.

Step 1 Dinner Benefit – March 19th 6:30pm

The Note-Ables will be playing at Step 1’s 23rd Anniversary Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Grand Sierra Resort. The event will feature keynote speaker Gregg Carano and special guest Mayor Hillary Schieve. This is Step 1’s largest fundraiser of the year and we’re honored to be part of it. To purchase tickets, please visit:

Basement Session – March 21st 12 – 1pm

Would you like to learn more about our programs? Do you want to introduce someone else to music therapy? Come to a free lunch to learn about what is possible through music and music therapy. The Note-Ables also perform a few songs. It’s a great way to spend your lunch hour! RSVP to Sarah Toney by email or call 324-5521.


February Thank Yous

We are thrilled to announce that NMTS has received a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The funds will support music therapy programs for individuals with paralysis and other disabilities.

Thank you also to the Alliance with the Washoe County Medical Society for a Community Action Fund grant of $2,000 and to the Knights of Pythias for a $500 donation – both of which will benefit the more than 100 people who participate in our on-site music therapy and adaptive music therapy services.

Thank you to our classroom and office volunteers –
Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Marilyn Moon, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Mary Schoen, Shannon Halliwell

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.


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Board of Directors

Kate Kirkpatrick (President)
Jim Robertson (Secretary)
Chuck Kazemi (Treasurer)
John Firestone
Dave Stockman

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
Susan Mazer-Smith
Toni Taylor

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