Issue 8/Volume 6
August 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.

August Message

“In summer, the song sings itself.” With our whirlwind of activity over the past couple of months, this pretty much sums up our summer so far. Since the end of June we’ve been part of three Artown events, held two fundraisers and put on a fantastic Teen Camp. In the next few weeks we will be singing at the Reno Aces and the Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival, and holding a “Private Performance” outreach lunch on August 21st. I was recently asked how we make all of this happen with such a small staff. My initial answer was that I have no idea how it happens, it just does! However, the reality is that we simply have such a talented and dedicated staff that the song often does seem to ‘sing itself.’ If you run in to Sheena, Wendy, Sara or Sarah any time soon, please take a moment to acknowledge their hard work and thank them for all they do.


Charles “Chuck” Kazemi

“Music is undeniable.  Regardless of age, sex, favorite pizza topping or how many toes you’ve got, every one of us has a connection to music. I love that,” says Charles “Chuck” Kazemi newest member of the NMTS board of directors. Standing well over six foot tall, in possession of infectious smile and an easy air, Chuck brings a dynamic and creative energy to our organization.

Local business owner and Reno resident for the past 24 years, Chuck stumbled upon the NMTS website during a Google search, “I own a local Reno clothing brand called Make Your Momentum, which inspires me to inspire folks to live to their full potential. I was looking for non-profits in the Reno area that MYM could support, and found Note-Able Music Therapy Services. I’m a huge fan of music and a big fan our local community!  When I called and spoke to Sheena about the services you provide it tugged on my heartstrings. Manal then asked me to get involved on the board and I couldn’t refuse!”

Chuck is no stranger to the Reno music scene. He was the vocalist for a band called MC Pickle and the Juice, which he says was ‘bluegrass meets country twang meets rap.’ “We were hot for three months in 2011, haha!”

When asked how music is important in his life, Chuck says, “Music is a very large part of who I am.  I can’t play an instrument but can write some legit music by messing around on the piano. My favorite aspect of being a writer is knowing that when I write from the heart and share my personal experiences, there are people out there who feel the same way or are going through the same thing.  Everyone can relate on some level.”

As a newcomer to music therapy and disability services, Chuck dove head first into getting to know our programs, services and inner workings. He joined the 2014 Evening of Romance event committee, helping us put on a spectacular event this past February, and got sunburned helping out at the Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux. He feels that he really didn’t ‘get’ NMTS until he observed a few music therapy sessions and classes. “I was watching Sara working with a young guy with a speech impairment.  I was amazed at the process, the patience and perseverance of everyone involved. That is when I knew I really wanted to be part of NMTS. I am looking forward to planning fun events for NMTS in our local community. I think a lot of people will want to get involved, they just haven’t heard of what we do just yet and I want to make sure they do.”

Take Note

NMTS Day at Reno Aces BallparkReno Aces Logo
Join Note-Able Music Therapy Services for a notable evening at the Reno Aces Ballpark! Catch the first home game against the Sacramento River Cats on August 7th and support Note-Able Music Therapy Services at the same time. Wear your Note-Able shirts and bring some friends.

You also don’t want miss The Note Ables singing the National Anthem!

Purchase your tickets here online, in person or over the phone. Tickets can be picked up August 7th at the Note-Able Music Therapy Services booth near the ticket counter.

Evening of Romance Event Committee
The date is set, the venue has been booked, and all we need to do now is gather a creative team of motivated volunteers to help put on one of the best events in Reno. February 7th, 2015 will mark the eleventh Note-Able Evening of Romance, a spectacular evening filled with music, champagne and romance. It will be our biggest event yet and we need your help to make it a success. If you are interested in joining our committee, please call or email the office. The first committee meeting will be held August 18th, 5:30 p.m. at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center. Future meeting dates to be decided by the committee.

Upcoming Events

NMTS Day at Reno Aces Ballpark
August 7th 2014/ 7:05 p.m./ Reno Aces Ballpark
Join 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 NMTS shirt 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. Catch the group between 11:30 a.m. and noon, and stay for the whole day!

Save the Date: Noodles & Notes
October 11th 2014/5:30 p.m./ The Elks Lodge – 597 Kumle Lane, Reno NV 89509
Join us for an evening of food, fun, great raffle prizes and performances by The Note-Ables, Exploring Music, dance, and piano classes. Adult tickets are $15, children 6 – 12 are $5, children 5 and under are free. Tickets go on sale September 1st.

July Thank Yous

Thank you to the sponsors who made this year’s Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux a success –
City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Great Basin Brewing Company, United Federal Credit Union, and Artown

We are also grateful for the support of the following –
Bands: Nichole Oh, Mason Frey, Electric Catfish the Band, Rock Shop, Sophie Ralston, Slide Mountain String Band, Beatles Flashback, Moondog Matinee Volunteers: Nevada Youth Empowerment Project Volunteers, Miss Reno, Sparks & Washoe County Volunteers, Priscilla Lee, Nanette Mueller, Scott Faulkner, Christi Cakiroglu, Diane Duncan, Chrissie Heuer, Kiwanis Aktion Club Volunteers, Chuck Kazemi, Nicky Stevens, Lisa Stevens, Amanda Jetton, Sandy Carpenter, Audrey Rose, Louise Palacios, Robbin Vasquez, Scott Harrington, Jim Robertson

Thank you to our 2014 Teen Beat Summer Music Camp volunteers-
Sonja Peterson, Billie Rodriguez, Tia Henderson, Forrest Zeiter, Amina Wilson, Lara Ayres, Kayla Freeman, Elizabeth Lenz

Thank you to our additional July partners –
Kim Matthews for inviting us to be part of the Artown at the Airport series for the third year in a row; Lori Keeney and Recycled Records for inviting us to perform at the Reno Midtown Artwalk; Eric Renteria and Sparks Lion’s Club for sponsoring our dinner and performance at the Lion’s Club Fiesta Italiana

And as always, thank you to our July 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: Postage stamps!

  • 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.

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.

Music therapy is suitable for all ages, from children born prematurely to elderly people suffering from dementia.

“You can compare music therapy with the oil industry. Both fields look for resources, but we’re looking for resources in people. Sometimes they’re buried deep and difficult to find. Like the oil industry, we use sound waves and resonance. We use music as an impulse. It really helps people to access their own resources,” explains Karin Mössler. Read more

In this issue
Message from Manal

Charles “Chuck” Kazemi

Take Note:
NMTS Day at Reno Aces Ballpark

Upcoming Events

Wish List

Endowment Fund Founding Circle

Music Therapy in the News

Quick Links

NMTS Website

Events Page

Quote of the Month

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
~ Maya Angelou



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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