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.
As part of the ongoing Concert Music N.O.T.E.S. project, MTGIC is pleased to present a unique collaborative chamber music concert at the Roland Hayes Auditorium on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus on August 23rd at 7:30 pm. The concert, “Chamber Music for Body and Soul,” is designed to highlight the therapeutic as well as artistic elements of music. MTGIC has organized the performance to draw attention to the benefits of music in a therapeutic setting as well as in the concert hall. Several musical organizations in Chattanooga will be participating in the concert, which will include talented musicians from the UTC Department of Music, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, and MTGIC. A 7:00 pm pre-concert lecture will precede the performance to explain how music affects the brain, and how it can be intentionally directed for therapeutic use in motor, speech, and cognition afflictions.
The first half of the evening’s concert will feature Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster Mark Reneau on the violin and UTC music professor and mezzo-soprano Rebecca St. Goar as they collaborate with pianist and MTGIC Executive Director Martha Summa-Chadwick in the performance of music by Robert and Clara Schumann. Robert Schumann was one of the greatest composers of the Romantic musical era, and he overcame various neural disorders during most of his adult life in order to create musical masterpieces. The evening’s selections, Robert Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces and Frauenliebe und Leben, and Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for Violin and Piano, were chosen to celebrate some of their most beautiful and intimate music compositions as well as give consideration to how Robert Schumann overcame his problems in order to create such beautiful music.
The second half of the concert features CSO’s principal players Janet Hale, flute, Monte Coulter, percussion, and Taylor Brown, double bass, as they join Summa-Chadwick for a performance of Claude Bolling’s whimsical Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano. The swing feel created from mixing elements of classical and jazz rhythm shows the power of music to the listener, as it makes it almost impossible to hold still and refrain from tapping a toe or a finger while swaying to the music.
The concert is free of charge and open to the public, and was made possible by generous grants from the UNFoundation of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
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.