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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please return to this page frequently for ongoing updates.
Submit your questions to DHSMusicMemory@dhs.wisconsin.gov

 

EQUIPMENT

Q. Are facilities able to use power strips to charge iPods at night?

A. Yes, facilities may use electrical charging devices such as power strips, USB hubs, etc., in special use rooms such as a utility room, to charge iPods at night. Generally, electrical charging devices are not for use in resident bedrooms.

DOCUMENTATION

Q. We are a certified Music & Memory facility. Are we able to code M&M programming on the MDS under Section O0400F Music Therapy? Or, must music therapy coded in this section, be provided by a certified Music Therapist?

A. A facility can code under MDS 3.0 (Section O0400F) for the Music & Memory Program, if the staff overseeing and/or implementing the program are "qualified personnel" as defined in the Resident Assessment User's (RAI) Manual. The RAI Manual defines Recreational Therapy in Appendix A as "Services that are provided or directly supervised by a qualified recreational therapist who holds a national certification in recreational therapy, also referred to as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist..." A certified Music Therapist also meets the definition of "qualified personnel".

CREATING A PLAYLIST

Q. What approach should we take to loading music into our iTunes library?

A. Each nursing home will need to build your own iTunes library. The bulk of the library in the beginning will be composed of audio CDs you already own or that may be owned by your residents or their family that you will migrate to your iTunes library.

Be selective. Only add to your iTunes library the CDs that you have used or believe will be useful for your residents. The quality of your library is more important than the quantity of tunes. Apple has a 20-million song library. Build your library using the songs you are most likely to need.

  • Use only original CDs
  • Look for compilations (Best of)
  • Someone may offer their 80GB drive with music for your library. We recommend that you don’t accept it as your facility could get in trouble with the recording industry.
  • Even with popular singers, pick their most popular hits, the songs most likely to be familiar to residents. This is one of the secrets to success.

Q. Aside from being selective as to which songs to include in the library, how else can we easily identify the best songs from individual artists? (Smart Playlist---or how to easily identify your libraries best songs.)

A. Unfortunately, the “Popularity” feature only exists in the iTunes Store and not in your iTunes library. Here’s how to create your own!

Create your own “Popularity” by using the Rating fields in your iTunes Music library. Just click on the number of stars (1-5) you would give each song. Or rather than mark every song, just put 5 stars on the very best.

Take this one step further by using Smart Playlist (found under the File menu). This enables you to easily generate play list that are automatically updated based on parameters you set. For instance, if you use the Rating field within your iTunes music library and you give a group of music selections 1-5 stars, and you go to Create New Play list section under the file menu, then instead of “Artist” that comes up, select Rating from the drop-down menu and then click on the number of stars you want.

You can make as many smart play lists as you need to quickly, which become increasingly useful as the music library increases in size. For example, you might have Best Classical, Best Spiritual, Best Big Band, all based on a 4 or 5 star rating system. These make for great starting lists when you learn a resident’s favorite music genre, but not the specific songs the individual enjoys.

 

Last Revised: September 04, 2014