Welcome to the CAMMO site for music therapy! In addition to providing performance opportunities for veterans and active duty service members and training such individuals for careers in music, CAMMO is dedicated to the use of music in therapy and rehabilitation for wounded warriors and veterans.
What Is Music Therapy
“Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address their social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory, and spiritual needs.” – Certification Board for Music Therapists
Music therapy is an established health care intervention method that is recognized as a valuable treatment option by many, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence.
Music therapy is a powerful, non-invasive, and non-pharmacological medium capable of unique outcomes. It is accessible to all and can be used with individuals, groups, or families. Clients need no prior music training to receive services but benefit by active engagement in the therapeutic process that may include creating, learning, listening to, or performing music.
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the music therapist designs and implements a wide variety of music therapy based on the:
- best available evidence from research and clinical literature
- therapist’s training, expertise, and specializations
- the client’s needs and preferences
The effectiveness of treatment is determined through continued assessment and evaluation of the client’s progress towards therapy goals.
For more information about music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association.
Neurologic Music Therapy
Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is an advanced form of music therapy that utilizes evidence-based techniques to treat the brain. These techniques emphasize the use of music and rhythm to achieve non-musical goals in the areas of cognition, physical movement, and speech. The Center for Biomedical Research in Music defines NMT as “the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to disease of the human nervous system.”
Research has demonstrated that music and rhythm affects multiple areas of the brain simultaneously, and the brain that engages in music is actually changed by that engagement. Music can help build new neural connections in the brain through experience and exposure, thus improving rehabilitative potential and the ability of the brain to “rewire” itself after trauma or injury, allowing individuals to lead more productive and functional lives.
For more information about neurologic music therapy, visit the Center for Biomedical Research in Music.
Creative Arts Therapy
Creative arts therapy is a therapeutic discipline that utilizes creative arts. Generally, creative arts is the expression of one's self through art, dance, drama, writing, and music. In most instances, artists tend to focus more on the final product as opposed to those participating in creative arts therapy, where the focus is on the process which promotes growth, development, and healing.