Semper Sound Military Music Therapy
Music Therapy for Service Member and Veteran Rehabilitation

The Semper Sound program provides music therapy to military service members and veterans to enrich lives and to progress toward non-musical goals, such as symptom management, pain reduction, career development, or building stronger familial relationships.

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Our team of music therapists help clients achieve their goals by using a variety of music-based interventions, such as:

Interactive Music-Making

Songwriting

Therapeutic Instrument Instruction

Lyric Analysis

Guided Relaxation to Music

Improvisation

Individual and Group Sessions

Semper Sound provides therapeutic and supportive music programs to service members and veterans of all ages, needs, and abilities. Sessions focus on any or all of these:

Symptom Management: Learn to use music to manage anger, anxiety, and pain from PTSD, TBI, and other diagnoses.

Creativity: Be yourself. Create something new and just for you. Design your future.

Achieve Goals: Overcome challenges and learn to write a song, play an instrument, or recover a skill.

Develop Insight: Discover new abilities and aspects of your personality. You might surprise yourself!

Semper Sound is available in San Diego through military bases, veteran facilities, and at the Music Wellness Center.  Many clients qualify for free services.

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Music therapists are defined by achieving MT-BC certification, which requires an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)-approved music therapy degree, six-month internship, and national board exam. The team has specialized training and flexibility to adapt any treatment. The Semper Sound music therapist has additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy, which addresses Traumatic Brain Injury and other relevant diagnoses for the military community.

Current Hybrid Group Sessions

In person at our Music Wellness Center with options for virtual participation.

Ukulele Group

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm PST

Join other veterans and military service members for our weekly ukulele class!  Learn how to play by learning some of your favorite songs or creating your own original tune.  All skill levels welcome; instrument required (available at-cost upon request).  Hope to see you there!

Songwriting

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm PST

Learn and develop songwriting techniques as well as share your original songs with fellow military.  Record, collaborate, and make music with like-minded service members, veterans, and military family members. Bring your instrument of choice (or sing).

Drum It Out

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm PST

Learn stress and anxiety management techniques and other coping strategies through traditional West African Djembe rhythms.  No instrument necessary, however feel free to include any instrument or household item that you can to maintain a rhythm with everyone (i.e. mixing bowl, Tupperware, wooden spoons on a pillow, etc.).

Jam Session

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:00pm PST

Bring any music instrument of your choice to the Semper Sound Jam Session!  Share your favorite songs with others and play them with fellow military service members.  Sessions include opportunities to improvise on our instruments together (e.g., create/pick a chord progression and see where it takes us).

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Semper Sound Band

On hold

Semper Sound Band members come from all military backgrounds, from current active duty service members to veterans. The band’s repertoire is diverse, and genres include Americana, contemporary rock, country, heavy metal, jazz, salsa, pop and funk. As their skills mature, band members also write and perform original music. Want to join the band or request a performance for your next event?

Semper Sound Satellite Programs

On hold

Soldiers’ Home | Chelsea, Massachusetts

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.

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.