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 UTC Department of Music, musicians from the Chattanooga Symphony and nationally known professional musicians in October and November 2015.
MTGIC Executive Director Martha Summa-Chadwick will be presenting several times in the regional area during spring 2016. She will be doing a TED talk in the TEDxChattanooga event on Feb 27th, 2016 to discuss the amazing benefits of music to the brain and central nervous system. In March 2016, she delivers a keynote speech for the University of North Georgia undergraduate research conference. She will be presenting at Vanderbilt University's Pace, Pitch, and Rhythm - the Essentials to Conducting Music Treatment Research conference on April 16, 2016. And on April 22, 2016, she will give a presentation about music and autism at the Chattanooga Autism Conference.
Concert Music N.O.T.E.S
MTGIC has received a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission for the last three years 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.