To advocate for and deliver quality neurologic music (biomedical) protocols in the form of one-on-one sessions and web-based application software to families who would otherwise have no means of finding resources to help them.
MTGIC was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Tennessee in 2003 and attained 501(c)3 status shortly thereafter.
1.) Automate specific biomedical protocols into computer apps.
2). Create a concert series to help celebrate the cause of music in therapy by educating the concert-going audience.
3). Continue ongoing research using music to help special needs children.
MTGIC is a funded agency of the Tennessee General Assembly administered in cooperation with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program, ARTS Build of Chattanooga and the National Endowment for the Arts. As part of the ongoing Concert Music N.O.T.E.S. project, MTGIC is pleased to announce collaborative concert events with the Hartt School of Music in April 2014, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra in April 2015. April is Autism Awareness Month, and it is fitting to help celebrate the month with concerts helping to celebrate the therapeutic as well as artistic elements of music.
Hartt School of Music welcomes us as MTGIC Executive Director Martha Summa-Chadwick will be onsite at the school on April 23rd and April 24th, 2014. Summa-Chadwick will give a series of lectures interspersed with performance to help advocate for the use of music in therapy and explain how music affects the brain as both a science and an art. She will lecture and perform at four different events beginning with the Composer's Forum on April 23rd. Three events are scheduled April 24th, first, Summa-Chadwick speaks with the entire student body during the weekly Paranov Hour and explains what qualifications students need to pursue a career in music therapy and how the ongoing research in this field has also helped explain a host of "musician's illnesses" such as muscle overuse, stage fright, focal dystonia, and the challenge of conquering the tempo barrier. The second event will be directed to those such as nurses, therapists, and music educators who are interested in finding out about how they can utilize biomedical music techniques with their students and clients. The day will conclude with a performance workshop as Summa-Chadwick explains about biomedical music to the audience and then encourages music perception in a different way with experiential music performance by composers who had neural afflications and who created forms of the dance.
MTGIC is very excited to collaborate with the Erie Chamber Orchestra in April 2015 in a series of events to help celebrate music in therapy during a week in residence with the orchestra. The week will begin with a collaborative recital of chamber works composed by composers with neural afflictions. It will culminate with Summa-Chadwick performing as piano soloist with the orchestra in a concert named The Burden of Genius highlighting all works of composers with neural afflications. Summa-Chadwick will join the ECO as soloist with the Beethoven Choral Fantasy. In between the performance events, Summa-Chadwick will be lecturing at the Barber Institute and other educational institutions to share information about biomedical musical techniques and ideas to work with those with special needs.
All events are free of charge.
Concert Music N.O.T.E.S
MTGIC has received a grant from the UNFoundation of Chattanooga to establish a concert series which will help celebrate the cause of music used in therapy. The Concert Music N.O.T.E.S (Neuro Optimization Through Essential Styles) project includes music in traditional concert settings which will be viewed with a fresh context. The music includes various forms of the dance along with works of composers who had neural afflictions.
Martha, along with her small harp, recently accompanied a nervous child to the doctor's office at the request of a parent. She played music to the child in hopes of calming her down, and found the improvement was dramatic while the music was playing. To share this experience with more parents, MTGIC now offers simple music downloads for parents to see if it would help their own children under such circumstances also. To access, click on the Resource tab to the left and then click on the Sample Music button.
As a part of the Concert Music N.O.T.E.S grant, educational presentations are available in the form of didactic PowerPoint presentations to various groups of parents, educators, therapists, and musicians to help explain the science behind music used in therapeutic settings, and suggest ways that each group could use these techniques.
Organization founder and Executive Director Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas and is a Fellow of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy; she is uniquely qualified to direct this organization, having enjoyed successful careers as concert pianist, teacher, and Information Technologist. She is a great advocate of music therapy and partners with certified music therapists whenever possible even though she is not a certified music therapist herself. Additional details and resume can be found on her personal website, www.marthasumma.com.
Board of Directors
Mario Abril - Mario is Professor of guitar and composition/theory at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Composer-In-Residence with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. His academic accreditation includes a degree in guitar performance from The University of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a Ph.D. degree in music theory from Florida State University School of Music.
Mayada Dhanani - Mayada is a therapist with a Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. She worked with children, adolescents and families in a multitude of social and physical settings and has previously held the position of Director of Camelot Care Centers Inc. in Chattanooga. Mayada served on several Boards, and is the past President of the Board of Signal Centers of Chattanooga.
Diane Miller - Diane is retired from being Director of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Grants and Research Division; she has a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Her 19 year old son Jimmy has participated in the neuro music sessions and is diagnosed with PDD-NOS.
Rick Rader - Director of the Morton J, Kent Habilitation Center at Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Rader is involved with the implementation of innovative programs addressing the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities. He is the Special Liaison for Healthcare at the presidents Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Editor in chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine. He is an Adjunct Professor in Human Development at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Rader is a member of the board of the American Academy on Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.
MaryBeth Sutton - Mary Beth is Executive Director of the international non profit, The Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance which trains teachers and students how to take responsibility for their local environment. She earned a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Chemistry and Biology as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.