Issue 9/Volume 6
October 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.

October Message

Every nonprofit has a vision, something that keeps them moving forward. At NMTS, we envision a community where every person can access, experience, and connect through music. To me, connections are what it’s all about. As humans, we have a primal need to connect with others. Music can play a crucial role in meeting this need. In fact, researchers at Ohio State University think that music evolved because it can engage an entire group through focusing attention, coordinating activities, and synchronizing mood. In other words, music plays a vital role in bringing people and communities together!
I had a recent conversation that reminded me of this. One of our advisory board members asked how Teen Beat Summer Music Camp went. I told her that we had more than 20 participants, that it was so fun, that the performance was great, etc. As I was talking I realized that the two things that meant the most were outside of the musical realm. The first was how much the students bonded. When we asked them what their favorite part of camp was, almost everyone used words like ‘friends, together, everyone, group’ (above). That was neat to hear, but what touched me even more was seeing parents exchange phone numbers and email addresses at the end of the week. They were thrilled that their kids had connected, and they were eager to keep those friendships going. Music brought the campers and their families together – and the bonds created during the week will continue to enrich the lives of the teens and their families for a long time to come. How cool is that? ~Manal


Noodles and Notes

Tickets are going FAST for this 8th annual evening of food, fun, raffle prizes, and great music. Along with fun performances by more than 50 NMTS participants, attendees will enjoy a pasta dinner prepared by Olive Garden. Adult tickets are $15, children 6 – 12 are $5, children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online, in person or over the phone.

Take Note

New classes starting October 3rd!

Teen Exploring Music Class
Beginning October 3rd, Note-Able Music Therapy Services will be opening up a new Teen Exploring Music class on Fridays from 3:15-4:15. This fun class will include singing, song writing, playing instruments, dancing, and of course – performing! Class will be geared toward teens and young adults between the ages of 12 and 20. Cost for the class is only $25 per month.

Holiday Choir
We invite people of all ages and abilities to join our 2014 Holiday Choir! Participants will learn breathing techniques, vocal warm ups, and how to sing in a choir. Participants will also prepare a wide range of holiday music and will have the opportunity to carol throughout the community! This ten-week class is only $50 (due with registration) and will run from October 3rd through December 19th.

Space in both classes is limited, so call 775.324.5521 or email us at to reserve your spot today!

Upcoming Events

October Private Performance
October 22, 2014 / 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. / McKinley Arts & Culture Center, Suite 6
Join us for lunch and an exclusive private performance by The Note-Ables performing group. It’s an opportunity to have fun, meet great people and learn about the power of music in our community. Space is limited, so we do request that you RSVP to 775.324.5521 no later than Monday, October 20th.

September Thank Yous

Thank you to –
Sparks Sunrise Rotary for inviting The Note-Ables to perform at their golf tournament
Whole Foods Reno for donating close to $6,000 as part of their 5% donation day
Nevada Department of Education for inviting us to perform at the Nevada Transition Conference
Nevada PEP for inviting us to be part of their 3rd annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying
Andrea Lenz for accompanying the NMTS recording of Home Means Nevada

And as always, thank you to our September program and office volunteers –
Lara Ayres, Leif Christensen, Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Troy Jorgenson, Travis de Glymes, Michael Lahnala, Nanette Mueller, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Sonja Pond, Jack Stewart, Amina Wilson, and Michael Young

Music Therapy in the News

‘Alive Inside’ is a great story, but it’s not music therapy 

As you may have heard, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” premiered this weekend. The story is about music’s “capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity” for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory related problems.

This documentary has a powerful message of the way music can, and does, affect us on a deep level. However, we have concerns that people will incorrectly think that the film depicts music therapy.

Providing iPods to every nursing home resident is an amazing gift and an important first step. Although the film depicts how music can reawaken all of our souls, some important points need to be made. Kelly Carlson (2014), director of music therapy at West Music, released this statement regarding important differences between “Alive Inside” and clinical music therapy. (Click here to read the rest of the article)


Endowment Fund Founding Circle

We are excited to announce that we are extending the opportunity to become a member
of our 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. There are many ways to contribute to the endowment – monthly giving, donations in honor or memory of a loved one, stocks, insurance gifts, and of course legacy gifts and bequests. Please click here to learn more about how you too can be part of this wonderful group of supporters.

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

In this issue

October message

Noodles and Notes

Take Note:
New classes!

Upcoming events

Wish List

Music Therapy in the News

Endowment Fund Founding Circle

Quick Links

NMTS Website

Events Page


Board of Directors

Ellie Van Winkle (President)

Scott Harrington (Past President)

Kate Kirkpatrick

Jim Robertson

Charles Kazemi

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
Toni Taylor

Wish List

Wish list item of the month:
Raffle items for Noodles and Notes!

  • 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)












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