September 2015

I hope you’re doing well and had a great summer. Our summer seemed particularly busy here, and this past month was truly special. Our new music therapist Jodi started at the end of July, and one of her first priorities has been to start enrolling people who have been on our waiting list. Jodi has really jumped in and taken on the challenge of getting to know everyone with an open heart and great clinical skills.

Jodi had a great experience during a music therapy session with young man at Renown Children’s Hospital last week. During the session, Jodi and the patient began singing and dancing together, and soon his mom joined in. It was a regular dance party in a hospital room! When doctor came into the room for rounds, everyone expected him to ask Jodi to stop the music. To her surprise, he asked her to keep on playing. He said he wanted to join the party too. So the patient, mom and the doctor all sang and danced together while the doctor performed his exam. The music kept everyone’s spirits up. Through music, Jodi helped the patient, his mom, and even the doctor, have a positive experience in an environment that can definitely be stressful and scary at times. What a great example of how music can be the difference in changing our life experiences.

We are grateful for Renown’s support of music therapy, and as always we are grateful for you and all you do. Please do be in touch – we’d love to hear your stories of how music has made an impact in your life recently!

Sarah Toney
Development Director, NMTS

Kids’ Dance Workshop

We’re starting four new music and movement classes for kids ranging all the way from infants to 14 years old. Workshops are 6 weeks long, starting the week of September 14th. The classes are open to children of all abilities and are being taught by Andrea Sullivan. Please go to our website for more information on classes and registration! 

Senior Dance and Drumming Workshop

We are also starting two senior workshops in the first week of October! Both the GraceMoves dance classes and the HealthRhythms drum circles are inclusive and designed to be adaptable for all abilities.

These workshops are 4 weeks long and are being taught by Laurie Martin, a dance instructor and trained HealthRhythms drum circle facilitator. Please check out the workshops and registration details on our website.

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A nurse at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport told his patient, Sophia, that he would learn the Whip/Nae Nae and do it with her on her last day of treatment. Little did she know that the whole staff learned it, and she was so surprised when they all came into the lobby to do it with her in celebration of her recovery.

Upcoming Events

Fire it Up! Morning Dance Party – Sept 21st 7:30 – 8:30 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 only basis. Come and dance with us!

The Note-Ables at The Buddy Walk – Sept 26th 11:00 a.m.

The Note-Ables are playing at the 10th Annual Buddy Walk in support of Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada. You can check out their site for more information on donating or signing up!

Basement Session – Sept 28th 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.

August Thank Yous

Thank you to Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association, Newcomer’s Club and Kenn Pettiford –

Thank you to the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association for inviting us to perform at the Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival, and for the surprise donation of $500 towards our programs. Such a gift!  Also, thank you to the Newcomer’s Club of Reno/Sparks for inviting The Note-Ables to perform with Kenn Pettiford at their August luncheon. Both the Newcomers and Kenn surprised us with their generosity. Thank you, everyone!

Support for our music therapy programs – 

Thank you to the Terry Lee Wells Foundation for their generous grant of $10,000 to help support our music therapy programs for the coming year!

Thank you to our classroom and office volunteers –

Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Michael Lahnala, Marilyn Moon, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Mary Schoen, Amina Wilson, Mark Yan. And a huge thank you to Chris Middleton for her invaluable assistance with grant research over the past month!

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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