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Working With Active Service Members and Veterans


An Introduction to Military Music Therapy Programming: Working With Active Service Members and Veterans, Third Edition is a 2014 revision of the MusicWorx Toolbox CMTE course titled Working with Active Military: A Progressive Music Therapy Curriculum. The author bases content in the third edition upon her numerous years of clienical experience, individually and as part of interdisciplinary treatment teams, using music therapy and neurologic music therapy to assist clients in the rehabilitation of PTSD ( post-traumatic stress disorder ), TBI ( traumatic brain injury ), varying psychological diagnoses, and physical injuries of active, discharged, and retired members of all United States military branches. Considerations of reintegration and transition are included.

Coursework covers the prescribed clinical use of music in order to support military–service members, wounded warriors, and veterans. Course materials have been field tested in a variety of military settings, including naval hospitals, marine bases, military treatment facilities, and inpatient residential programs that address PTSD, TBI, and substance abuse. These diagnoses as well as other psychological disorders, reintegration, and military competencies are considered in the context of the session plans that can be used independently or progressively. Lists of necessary supplies and resources provide a creative, flexible, adaptable template for therapists to use in their respective settings.

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SKU: CMTE-010 Category:

What’s Inside This Toolbox

  • 180 double–sided pages
  • 30 digital files for colorful handouts, including songs, articles, book lists
  • 16 detailed sessions divided into an 8–week military music therapy protocols
  • digital form download (included with CMTEs)
  • pre–curriculum session considerations
  • updated program evaluation documentation samples
  • updated testimonials from active service members and military staff
  • US military bases by region


  • Music and Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and the Military
  • Military Music Therapy Program Development
  • Statistical Analysis: Injury, Incidence, Casualty
  • The Basis of Music Therapy in Military Healthcare Systems
  • Music Therapy and Peer Support
  • Pre-Curriculum Preparation
  • Week 1: Developing Rapport
    • Session 1: Ice Breakers
    • Session 2: Personal Music Inventory
  • Week 2: Active Music–Making
    • Session 3: Drumming to Live Guitar Facilitation
    • Session 4: Instrument Stations
  • Week 3: Exploring the Voice
    • Session 5: Vocal Cadences
    • Session 6: AFreedom Is a Voice: Exploring Improvisation
    • Session 6: BFreedom Is a Voice: Adapted Text-Talk vs. Real-Talk
  • Week 4: Lyric Analysis
    • Session 7: Reading Between the Lines
    • Session 8: Gratitude Exercise and Research Review
  • Week 5: Songwriting
    • Session 9: The Blues
    • Session 10: Group Songwriting / Creating an Original Composition
  • Week 6: Music for Relaxation
    • Session 11: Providing a Music Therapy Relaxation Prescription
    • Session 12: Music–Making for Relaxation
  • Week 7: Creative Arts
    • Session 13A: Creative Arts: Creating an Album Cover
    • Session 13B: Album Artwork Adapted
    • Session 14: What’s in a Name?
  • Week 8: Special Topics
    • Session 15: Harmonica for Health
    • Session 16: Music: Past, Present and Future
  • Program Evaluation, Documentation, and Samples
  • Testimonials from Service Members, Families, and Military Staff
  • US Military Base Locations by Region

Learning Objectives

References to items on the Board Certification Domains are based on the Practice Analysis Study of 2014. Those registered for the Toolbox course An Introduction to Military Music Therapy Programming: Working with Active Service Members and Veterans, Third Edition will develop or improve their abilities to use music therapeutically in a variety of rehabilitation settings, including in–patient facilities and outpatient facilities.

An Introduction to Military Music Therapy Programming: Working with Active Service Members and Veterans, Third Edition addresses these specific competencies in the current Board Certification Domains:

Learning Objective 1
2015 Scope of Practice

Individualize interventions that enhance the effectiveness of therapy.
I. C. 3 D. and II. A. 1, 2b, e, g h, l, m , n, o, v, s, aa, ar, ba

Learning Objective 2
2015 Scope of Practice

Provide music therapy experiences to address clients' specific needs.
II. A. 2, 5., a-j, n-q, s, u-ac

Learning Objective 3
2015 Scope of Practice

Evaluate how music therapy fits within a neurologic rehabilitation setting.
I. C. 4,5

Learning Objective 4
2015 Scope of Practice

Structure music therapy experiences by creating a therapeutic contour within each session via verbal facilitation, sequencing, pacing, etc.
I. D. 15

About The Author

Rebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT–BC

Neurologic Music Therapist, NICU Specialist
Rebecca Vaudreuil is a Massachusetts native who earned her bachelor of music degree in music therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and her master of education degree at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A board-certified music therapist, Rebecca has achieved her fellowship in neurologic music therapy and is a neonatal music therapy specialist.

For MusicWorx Inc., Rebecca developed a telemusic therapy program that provides continuing music therapy to veterans who relocate to remote, unserviced areas and the curriculum for two Toolbox self-study courses:

  • Group Music Therapy Interventions Working in Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • An Introduction to Military Music Therapy Programming: Working with Active Service Members and Veterans


For Resounding Joy, she developed the Semper Sound music therapy program, is the director of East Coast Semper Sound programming in the Greater Boston area, and serves as their national military consultant and liaison.

Rebecca frequently travels across the United States, lecturing at universities, academies, and regional and national conferences. Her passion for international music therapy has led her to Africa, India, and Japan, and each year, Rebecca visits Jamaica with the Jamaica Field Service Project to supervise music therapy students facilitating music therapy services in hospitals, infirmaries, orphanages, and schools of hope. Currently, Rebecca works at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, providing music therapy services to returning veterans and their families as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Partnership.

Additional information

15 CMTE Credits

Included ($100), Not Included

User Reviews

I was able to use some of the materials from this Toolbox to lobby for them to create a MT position, and now for initial session planning with patients as well.

Tom Petterson | July 2017

I really enjoyed this course! I enjoyed the different ideas I could use during sessions (i.e., the “text talk” vs. “real talk”), the information on gratitude, and the information on vocal improvisation.

Roxanne | May 2016

All the songs will be very helpful and useful in many ways.

Amy | 2014

I just cannot say enough regarding the quality and presentation of the courses that you provide for music therapists. I highly recommend to anyone looking for CMTEs to take any one of the Toolbox music therapy courses. They would not be disappointed. The courses are adaptable to any work setting. It is a pleasure doing business with you, as well.

Richard Cross | September 2013