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


Therapeutic Instrument Instruction

Lyric Analysis

Guided Relaxation to Music


Individual 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.

Group Music Programs

In person at our Music Wellness Center with options for virtual participation.  Groups are free and open to everyone.  No instrument necessary, although we encourage you to bring your own!

Drum It Out

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm PST
Learn how to support yourself and others through the creative outlet of the drum. 

Band Rehearsal

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm PST

Play cover songs and originals in a group setting with other military service members.  Free for all service members, veterans, and their families. Community musicians welcome!

Songwriting Clinic


Develop original content with your peers and with the expertise of our music therapy.  Get inspired, break past songwriter’s block, and support other service members and veterans.

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Semper Sound Band

Walk-In Weekly Workshops

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

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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.

Semper Sound Military Music Therapy (Community Program) is part of Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies. The initiative seeks to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. Administrative support for the initiative is provided by Americans for the Arts and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.