Learning to play a musical instrument provides a peaceful retreat from the pressures facing Veterans after returning to civilian life. 

The therapeutic outcomes of playing a musical instrument include:

  • Improved Self Image
  • Increased Motivation
  • Reduced Muscle Tension
  • Better Communication Skills
  • Improved Emotional Release
  • Increased Verbalization Skills 
  • Decreased Anxiety & Agitation
  • Enhanced Physical Rehabilitation 
  • Enhanced Personal Relationships 


Music for Veterans carefully measures the clinical success of the program. Surveys are performed periodically to guarantee the program is as effective as possible. The resulting data is critical to Music for Veterans since this program is a 

model to be used for Veterans throughout the region. 

Here are the results of a recent survey:



 This chart includes the results of our survey as 

an assessment of major PTSD symptoms. 

In the assessment, “0” means the Veteran is not currently experiencing this symptom, 

whereas “5” states that he or she is extremely troubled by the symptom. The follow-up study shows the efficacy of our program in reducing the symptoms of PTSD in our participants.



 Time in service

* Average of 13 years 

* Range of 4-28 years 

Time in the music group 

* Average of 8 months 

* Range of 2 weeks to 18 months 

Musical background 

* 86% of veterans involved have had no prior music training.



 In addition to basic demographics, these surveys 

help to understand a Veteran's participation in the program: whether they enjoyed the program if any changes should be made to the program, and whether the program was meeting their goals for attending. The overall experience in the program was ranked “highly enjoyable.” 86% of respondents felt that it was helping them meet their goals for joining. 

* Information compiled by Laura Harper​


Music For Veterans is a Non-Profit Organization

  Donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor Embracing Our Veterans.