Semper Sound Military Music Therapy
Music Therapy for Service Member and Veteran Rehabilitation
The Resounding Joy Semper Sound program provides direct music therapy to military service members and veterans diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury), substance abuse and other stress- and trauma-related physical and psychological diagnoses.
The Semper Fi Fund» provided seed money to establish the Semper Sound program on military bases, and the Wounded Warrior Project» generously awarded program development grants to the Semper Sound program in 2012 and 2013. All Semper Sound services are provided free of charge to clients, thanks to the generosity of the community.
Our team of music therapists help clients achieve their goals by using a variety of music-based interventions, such as:
Therapeutic instrument instruction
Guided relaxation to music
Semper Sound Programs in San Diego
Since 2010, Semper Sound has provided group and individual music therapy sessions for wellness, education, peer engagement, quality of life and integration of daily living to WII (Wounded, Ill and Injured) programs at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
VetJam | Semper Sound facilitates VetJam, a weekly recreational music-making program at NMCSD. VetJam provides instrumental instruction on bass, guitar, piano, select string instruments, voice, and ukulele. VetJam reinforces music theory, music therapy and group music-making to sharpen skills toward Semper Sound Band membership and the opportunity to perform in monthly NMCSD Concerts in the Courtyard.
VetJam participation provides the following benefits:
- Improvement in overall cognitive and neurological functioning
- Outlet for expressive practice to increase awareness of both self and others
- Positive coping mechanisms through individual lessons, self-study, and group jam sessions
- Social support via military and civilian community reintegration based on the fundamental aspects of learning to play and create music
United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | Oceanside, California
Since 2011, Semper Sound has provided a wellness-group model for wounded, ill, or injured service members aboard Camp Pendleton. Participants reside at WWB-W or are enrolled in the ACHIEVE IOP or outpatient care. Clients explore a range of interventions that include the following:
- Music and Mindfulness/Music for Relaxation
- Music-led Creative Arts
- Lyric Analysis/Songwriting
- Group Music-making
The Semper Sound Band
As active military service members transition to veteran life, they frequently transfer among multiple bases and rehabilitation programs without benefit of continuity and familiarity. Resounding Joy created the Semper Sound Band as a model to provide ongoing support of goals and neurologic music therapy techniques established in prior base-stationed programs.
Amid the safety and familiarity of peers, Semper Sound Band members benefit from the following:
- Community integration through therapeutic instrumental music performance
- Engagement in group dynamics
- Group cohesion
- Increased insight into others
- Increased self-awareness
- Music production and music engineering
- Practice of appropriate communication
- Sociobehavioral support
- Songwriting, lyric interpretation, adapted instrumentation, music arrangement
- Therapeutic singing
Semper Sound Band members come from all military backgrounds, from current active duty service members to veterans. The band performs at Naval Medical Center San Diego and upon request for a variety of military and civilian ceremonies. The band’s repertoire is diverse, and genres include Americana, contemporary rock, country, heavy metal, jazz, and salsa. As their skills mature, band members also write and perform original music. Want to join the band? Email Cory Woodrow, Semper Sound Program Coordinator.
Semper Sound Satellite Programs
Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea
The Resounding Joy Semper Sound East Coast military music therapy program provides music therapy and recreational music experiences on a weekly and monthly basis at the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, a community in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Customized interventions match the unique needs of clientele, which include veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
GI Jams Band | Additionally, the GI Jams Band provides musical performances at special events at the Soldiers’ Home. These performances offer a safe and structured platform for military music therapy clients to apply skills honed in therapy, such as socio-behavioral peer engagement. The GI Jams Band performed at a 2015 Veterans Day celebration attended by Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts.