Conservatory of Music - Soul Key
The Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv, is a leading and well-recognized educational institution for music in Israel that attracts musicians and music lovers from across the country and around the world. In recent years the Conservatory has expanded its community engagement activities, particularly with communities in need. Out of a commitment to support those who were injured during their military service to the State of Israel, the Conservatory developed the rehabilitation program, Soul Key, with a professional mental health team and support from volunteers.
Tens of military veterans with PTSD who face tremendous difficulties with basic daily functioning are on a program waiting list. This group experiences in the present trauma from their past, which manifests itself through flashbacks, nightmares, suspicion, disorientation, and difficulties with self-organization. Many sufferers avoid leaving home or being in unfamiliar surroundings. For them, traditional therapies like medication and psychological support are not successful.
The Soul Key program offers music rehabilitation to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through singing and musical instrument lessons. Research has shown that music therapy produces excellent results, improving social skills and emotional wellbeing. The program helps rehabilitate PTSD sufferers for whom conventional therapies were not effective. The Conservatory seeks to expand the program by increasing the number of participants who are currently on a long waiting list.
The annual program cost for 20 participants is $88,000. In order to expand the program and deepen its impact, the Tel Aviv Foundation and Israel Conservatory of Music seek additional funding.
1. Support a student – includes full tuition, musical instrument and support structure: $4,150 per year
2. Support the program for a new group: $82,978 for one year