November 2015

I hope you had a good Nevada Day and are enjoying the fall weather that’s certainly in full swing. Thanksgiving is almost here and, as always, this is a time of contemplation and gratitude for the people in our lives and community.

Over the past few weeks, there’s been a conversation that keeps popping up that I thought I’d share. In one way or another, this conversation has centered around themes of being ‘good enough’ – doubts that a son isn’t talented enough to participate; concerns that a sister can’t be in one of our classes because she doesn’t clap that well; concerns of a potential dance class volunteer that she won’t be good enough to help; concerns of a teen that everyone will laugh at him because he’s only ever been laughed at; or a parent’s worry that his child isn’t getting better at music in his music therapy sessions.

These concerns about achieving or being ‘good enough’ have come from people who are new to NMTS, and each conversation has reminded me how intimidating music and dance can be. I have been so grateful to be able to respond to each of these concerns with the reassurance that everyone is welcome here. There is no such thing as being good enough to participate, there is only participation. Of course, we want our participants to improve in their goals, whether those goals encompass speech, neurological issues or emotional health. We do not, however, assess, require, judge or hold people accountable for musical talent in order to be accepted. We believe that access to music is a fundamental human right, and I am always so pleased to welcome our newcomers into the warm embrace of NMTS.

We are all so grateful for you being part of our community and wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

Sarah Toney

Development Director

P.S. Of course, The Note-Ables do hold themselves to high levels of performance and aptitude. They are an audition-only group and are all accomplished musicians, but I’m sure you see what I’m getting at, right?


Please join us in welcoming our newest board member Dave Stockman. Dave is the board president and director of the Stillwater Foundation.  Over the last 10 years, he has volunteered his services to several nonprofits and grantees of the foundation.  He is active in his role within each organization he supports, to create and implement strategic plans, increase fund raising, develop donor relations, and improve the efficiency of administration.  Music plays a big part of Dave’s life. He is excited to have joined NMTS to help bring the benefits of music therapy to all of those in need, and we are excited that he has joined our team! 

New in November

We’re starting another round of music and movement workshops for kids, starting from newborn all the way through 14! The workshops are taught by the wonderful Andrea Sullivan. Andrea not only is an experienced dance instructor, she has long been part of the NMTS family and has worked with people of all abilities. The session starts November 2nd, but you can still sign up and pay a prorated fee.

Jitterbugs 0 – 2 years old
Mondays 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Hokey Pokeys 3 – 5 years old
Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Fox Trots 6 – 10 years old
Mondays 4:30 pm – 5:15pm

The Whips 11 – 14 years old
Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Call the office 324-5521 or enroll online today! 

Holiday Choir is in full swing! This eight-week choir is open to everyone and is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to sing together. Rehearsals are Fridays at 3:30. The choir already has several community gigs lined up, and there is still time for you to join the fun! No prior experience required. Enrollment fee is $60.
Please call our office 324-5521 or enroll online today!


Best of Facebook

This is a wonderful video that our Facebook community just loved! It’s about Parkinson’s patients in the UK finding freedom, expression and empowerment through ballet. Dance and music not only help the brain and body, they also heal the spirit. Enjoy!

Upcoming Events

Fire it Up! Morning Dance Party – November 16th 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

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

Basement Session – November 16th 12:00 p.m.

Are you curious about music therapy or learning more about our programs? Our monthly Basement Sessions are a opportunity to hear stories and examples of the power of music therapy to transform peoples’ lives while enjoying tasty treats and a mini performance by The Note-Ables. Email Sarah Toney to reserve your space.

Noodles and Notes – November 21st 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Noodles and Notes is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a family-friendly spaghetti dinner with performances by all all of our classes. It’s a wonderful celebration of music, dance, and community. The Note-Ables will perform and there will be great raffle prizes and dancing for all. United Federal Credit Union is sponsoring dinner prepared by a local chef. This event will be a delightful treat for all ages and is also an important fundraiser for NMTS programs. You can buy your tickets at the office or online. Tickets are $15 for people 12 and up; $5 for children 6-11; and free for kids 5 and under. And tables for 8 are only $100!

October Thank Yous

Thank you to our classroom and office volunteers –

Anthony Braido, Briley Brewer, Taylor Crowhurst, Mark Geeson, Shannon Halliwell, Tia Henderson, Michael Lahnala, Marilyn Moon, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Mary Schoen, Nicole Williams, Amina Wilson, Mark Yan. And another huge thank you to Chris Middleton for her invaluable assistance with grant research and general office support over the past few months!

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

Scott Harrington (Past President)
Kate Kirkpatrick (President)
Jim Robertson (Secretary)
Chuck Kazemi (Treasurer)
Debra Bradshaw
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
Toni Taylor

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