Introduction to Military Music Therapy


MusicWorx Toolbox: Introduction to Military Music Therapy, Third Edition is a 2014 revision of Working with Active Military: A Progressive Music Therapy Curriculum. The author bases content in the third edition upon her numerous years of clinical 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 2019. Those registered for Introduction to Military Music Therapy, 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.

Introduction to Military Music Therapy addresses these specific competencies in the current Board Certification Domains:

Learning Objective 1
2020 Domains:
V. A. 2-3

List several client populations that may exist within the military setting.
V. Professional Development and Responsibilities

Learning Objective 2
2020 Domains:
II. A. 2-3 | II. D. 1-15

Explain three specific considerations to apply to working with someone diagnosed with PTSD.
II. Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning

Learning Objective 3
2020 Domains:
III. A. 5

Explain how writing music can be therapeutically expressive for clients who are/have served in the military.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 4
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2 | III. A. 5

Explain how vocal improvisation is a useful tool for self-advocacy.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

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.

  • Detailed session plans and very specific/detailed information regarding how to present session activities. Great ideas for session activities/plans.

    Michael Timmons, MT-BC - October 2019
  • 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