Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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CREATING A PLAYLIST
Q. What approach should we take to loading music into our
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
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
Take this one step further by using Smart Playlist (found under the
File menu). This enables you to easily generate plays 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 increase 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.
PRIVACY/RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT A RESIDENT
Q. Do facilities need to obtain informed consent or permission
from families, guardians or activated durable powers of attorneys before
including a resident in the Music & Memory program?
A. Participation in the Music & Memory program is completely
voluntary for residents. Only residents who enjoy personalized music
through iPods should participate. While facilities are not required to
obtain informed consent or permission from families or legal
representatives, staff should make families and legal representatives
aware of the program so they can help develop an individualized play
list for the resident and participate in the program.
Q. Do facilities need signed release of information from
families, guardians or activated durable powers of attorneys before
submitting information about a resident participating in the Music &
Memory program to the Department of Health Services?
A. No, as with information submitted through the MDS process,
resident specific information may be submitted to the Department of
Health Services (DHS) without signed release from families or legal
representatives. The Department of Health Services is required under
federal HIPAA regulations and state law to maintain confidentiality of
all resident specific data.
Last Revised: July 12, 2013