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Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program

The Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program offers residents at participating Tennessee nursing homes personalized music as part of their care. The program is funded by a three-year Civil Monetary Penalty Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the Tennessee Department of Health from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2022. The $1M award will fund 147 nursing homes and 2,205 residents throughout Tennessee.

How do I become a volunteer?

The first step in becoming a Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program volunteer is to complete the Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program volunteer application (insert link). We also recommend you review the Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program volunteer role descriptions to learn more ways you can help the program. Each volunteer role description outlines the responsibilities included for a role:

1.) Device Labeling and Storage Plan

Volunteers will label SD cards and headphones for the corresponding patient upon final playlist completion and will work with the nursing home staff to find the best storage options for patient’s devices.

2.) Music Preference Questionnaire

Working with families, caregivers, or the patient (if able) to determine the patient’s preferred music.

3.) Assembling Initial Playlist  

Creating an initial playlist of 1,000 songs using the information from the APMP and assistance from the music catalog.

4.) Song Screening / Final Playlist Completion

As a team of two, volunteers will play music for residents during music screening sessions while the other takes notes on how the resident responds to music-- with songs that elicit positive responses used in the finalized playlist. Volunteers who choose this option will be required to experience both roles. After the songs have been screened, volunteers will compose a finalized playlist.

5.) Playlist Creation (Technical)

Finalized playlists will then be transferred onto the patient’s SD card.

Volunteer Requirements:

·         Ages 15 and up

·         Background check

·         Clean bill of health

·         Diverse appreciation for music

·         Ability to work well with others

·         Technical skills with music (optional)

All volunteers are required to complete volunteer training.

Where can people volunteer?

The Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program will be providing personalized music to 147 nursing homes throughout Tennessee. The volunteer coordinator will help you find a placement within your community once you have completed your training.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about the program, please visit our website at: If you have questions or are interested in becoming a Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program volunteer, contact Amanda Boulware, Volunteer and Data Coordinator, at or (615)253-5206.