Guitars Revitalizing Our Warriors Through Healing (G*R*O*W*T*H)
G*R*O*W*T*H is C*A*M*M*O’s newest music as therapy program. Created in 2015 and led by professional musician and U.S. Army veteran Brett Jazey, G*R*O*W*T*H is a comprehensive distance-learning initiative that encourages positivity, productivity, motivation and hope through full-spectrum guitar and music instruction. G*R*O*W*T*H:
- Helps veterans who face a variety of challenges, to find strength and confidence in learning and honing a new craft, and
- Connects veterans with common musical interests, serving as a conduit for positive interaction G*R*O*W*T*H supports C*A*M*M*O’s overall mission to create music-based therapeutic programming and provide training and education for service members, veterans and their families in music career opportunities.
The curriculum is flexible and customizable for students, whether they simply want to learn how to strum, or become a music professional. There is no contract; students can enter or leave the program at any time; however, a reasonable commitment to learning and practicing is expected and should be discussed with the instructor before beginning. There is no program fee; participants must provide their own guitar but assistance is available (see below).
While G*R*O*W*T*H program components can be customized to meet each student’s needs, all participants are provided with a comprehensive set of services, including:
- One-on- one guitar and music theory instruction (beginner through advanced) via distance learning (SKYPE, Face Time, etc.)
- Help finding guitars and equipment
- Instruction on how to record and "produce"; music in the comfort of their own homes
- Performance-based opportunities that reinforce practical application of newfound skills
- Periodic seminars that encourage group learning and musical interaction
In addition, a key program goal is for students who are beginners to become proficient enough to teach other beginners.
All veterans and active duty service members with a desire and commitment to learn how to play the guitar, for therapeutic reasons or to become a music professional, are eligible to participate. Auditions are not required. The instructor will go over potential themes, goals, and interest levels and create a general learning plan that can be adjusted as needed. Students must have access to the internet and an app such as SKYPE or Face Time.
How You Can Support G*R*O*W*T*H
Currently, G*R*O*W*T*H is an all-volunteer initiative; we need additional funding to expand our service offerings. You can support our program in a variety of ways, including:
- Cash donations (see Donate button below)
- Guitar and equipment (new or gently used)
- In-kind donations
- Sponsorships to underwrite the costs of on-site seminars and G*R*O*W*T*H’s participation in industry events such as the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention, which showcases innovations in music products, recording technology, sound and lighting
We believe in the power of music to restore, inspire, and open doors to our veterans and service members. If you've never given, we ask that you consider the life-changing effects your gift will have on them and their families.
CAMMO is recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization.