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What is Life Music Care?

Self-directed music listening activities endeavored to improve personal health and wellness goals, objectives and outcomes is termed Life Music Care™ (LMC).

LMC is the process of any individual creating and facilitating a self-directed music listening regimen geared to further motion, companion, spiritual, comfort, memory, mindful, motor and/or sleep music care objectives; which provides a common platform for patients and/or clients to report outcomes to their health and/or wellness provider(s) expanding basis for communication and advances in participatory health modalities across the entire spectrum.

Life Music Care™ (LMC) begins with the idea of any individual wishing to improve their personal health and wellness through natural, holistic, complementary and/or alternative means.

How Does LMC Work in the Healthcare System?

Life Music Care™ (LMC) is a self-directed music listening regimen that patients and clients can use to improve communication with their healthcare provider, family and friends to obtain better whole person care and/or treatment. 

Life Music Care™ (LMC) begins as a self-directed regimen that can support various stages of health and wellness treatment such as pre, peri and post operative care in addition to improving:

  • Medicare Wellness Visit
  • Advance care planning
  • Postpartum Wellness 

What Life Music Care™ (LMC) is not.

  • LMC is not music therapy and is not designed to accompany, aid or support music therapy programs
  • LMC is not conducted by a music therapist or any type of clinical music practitioner
  • LMC is not conducted by playing a musical instrument (such as a guitar) for a patient or client
  • LMC is not facilitating prerecorded music for an individual for the purpose of obtaining a therapeutic outcome
  • LMC is not facilitating sound or audio tracks that contain clinically researched tones, rhythms, beats, hertz, frequencies and/or lyrics  

What type of music is used in Life Music Care™ (LMC)?

Individuals that integrate LMC into their health and wellness plan for the purpose of reporting outcomes to their health and wellness providers use whatever music the individual believes can help them support their objective(s) which are typically song that maintain positive "song association."  In many cases. an individual will choose the type of music they most often listen to on a regular basis organized into a playlist of their favorite songs.

What is Song Association?

Song association occurs when you are in an emotional state and a song gets linked to an emotion, event, environment and/or specific memory that can now be stimulated simply from hearing the song which can last a lifetime. Therefore, the reason that songs produced specifically claiming to provide some technological therapeutic effect don’t work long term is because they are first and foremost introduced to an individual when they are in a painful state, and the memory of pain is what gets associated to the song. In order for these songs to have a chance of being effective, they would have to be introduced when the person is in a healthy positive state of mind and being.

What is Therapeutic Recall Effect?

Therapeutic Recall Effect (TRE) was first introduced onto practice in 2014 by American bio-musicological researcher and philosopher Glenn P Dewitt who states that Therapeutic Recall Effect (TRE) is what occurs when your brain recalls a song in mind and creates the same therapeutic effect as did when you were physically listening to the same song. Songs that contain a “hook” have a better chance of creating TRE.

How does Life Music Care (LMC) help improve communication between the patient, client and health and wellness provider? 

Life Music Care™ (LMC) serves as a platform that can help initiate discussion about the reason an individual is using music to improve a particular underling issue which can lead to greater and earlier discover, diagnosis and treatment which can help reduce costs and other complications from earlier detection.

To What Degree Can Life Music Care be applied?

Life Music Care is a holistic approach to stimulation based care that can be applied to various types of health and wellness applications which can be administered by various levels of practitioners with varying experience levels and degrees.

What are some examples of life music care or self-care?

  • Therapeutic Song writing
  • Listening to music while conducting and expressive arts activity
  • Listening to music while studying
  • Listening to music while meditating
  • Listening to music while relaxing
  • Listening to music while conducting physical fitness
  • Music Journaling
  • Song Interpretation
  • Life Music Review, Talking about Music and Memories 
  • Companion music care
  • Motion music care
  • Song selection care
  • Comfort music care
  • Memory music care
  • Spiritual music care
  • Mindful music care
  • Respite music care
  • Advance care planning
  • Preoperative Life Music Care Planning
  • Postoperative Life Music Care Planning

How Does Life Music Care Differ from Music Therapy?

Life Music Care™ (LMC) is the process of helping individuals apply complementary and alternative uses of music in personal self-care which can be supported by a non-musician type professional coach or family caregiver.

Music Therapy is the clinical & evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program defined by the American Music Therapy Association.

What is a Life Music Coach? (Aide?) (Coordinator?)

A Life Music Coach is an individual who helps clients and/or patients apply complementary and alterative uses of music in personal care and may vary in professional name depending on the environment the professional practitioner is working in for example:

  • Coach (Private)
  • Aide (Home care/Personal Care)
  • Coordinator (Treatment facility)

Where can one get certified in Life Music Care?

Certified Life Music Coordinator™ (CLMC) is a and Certified Life Music Coach ™ (CLMCH) programs are coming soon through the Biomusicology Academy of Science to be accredited by ALMC Board of Standards with emphasis on "Applied Biomusicology."  

What is Biomusicology?

Biomusicology is the study of music from a biological point of view and cover and encompasses several branches of music psychology and musicology including:

  • evolutionary musicology
  • neuromusicology
  • comparative musicology
  • ethnochoreology
  • ethnomusicology

What is Evolutionary Musicology?

Evolutionary musicology is a subfield of biomusicology that grounds the cognitive mechanisms of music appreciation and music creation in evolutionary theory. It covers vocal communication in other animals, theories of the evolution of human music, and holocultural universals in musical ability and processing.

What is Neuromusicology?

Neuromusicology is a scientific discipline concerned with the function of the brain in music processing. Although neuromusicology is an area of study that utilizes present-day neurological methodologies and techniques, it is rooted in traditional cultural beliefs, and many ancient societies believed that music,

What is Comparative Musicology?

Comparative musicology is the study of music in relation to different peoples and cultures; ethnomusicology.

What is Ethnochoreology?

Ethnochoreology (also dance ethnology, dance anthropology) is the study of dance through the application of a number of disciplines such as anthropology, musicology, ethnomusicology, and ethnography. The word itself is relatively recent and etymologically means “the study of ethnic dance”, though this is not exclusive of research on more formalized dance forms, such as classical ballet, for example. Thus, ethnochoreology reflects the relatively recent attempt to apply academic thought to why people dance and what it means.

What is Ethnomusicology?

Ethnomusicology is the study of music from the cultural and social aspects of the people who make it. It encompasses distinct theoretical and methodical approaches that emphasize cultural, social, material, cognitive, biological, and other dimensions or contexts of musical behavior, in addition to the sound component.

What is Applied Biomusicology?

Applied biomusicology "attempts to provide biological insight into such things as the therapeutic uses of music in medical and psychological treatment; widespread use of music in the audiovisual media such as film and television; the ubiquitous presence of music in public places and its role in influencing mass behavior; and the potential use of music to function as a general enhancer of learning."
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomusicology

About Miracle Music Awards

What is Miracle Music Awards?

Miracle Music Awards—Awarding Songs That Save Lives™ is an American Life Music Council suicide prevention program geared to offer a list of "life saving songs” nominated by those who underwent a life changing event support by their nominated song.

How does nominating life saving  songs help save lives?

Nominating life saving song helps others realize they're not alone in their thoughts and provides a music based resource that others have used to help stimulate positive thinking which can help save lives.

What qualifies as a "life saving song”?

The phrase "life saving song" does not need to be taken literally however the song nominated should  have played a role in supporting a positive change in the individual nominating the song.

Can I nominate more than one song?

Yes, you can nominate as many songs as you wish to receive a Miracle Music Award, so long as each song nominated has played a role in supporting a positive change in the individual nominating the song.

Is there a cost for the general public to nominate "life saving songs”?

There is currently a free option for the general public to nominate their "life saving songs”. However, ALMC Board of Standards may restrict an account for exceeding the number of nominations allotted in any one given month which ALMC currently does not disclose.

Can I make a donation to ALMC without nominating a song?

Yes, the general public can make a non-tax deductible donation of any dollar amount they wish to ALMC. 

Can I nominate a "life saving song" on behave of another person?

For a song to be considered for a Miracle Music Award, ALMC  Board of Standards requires that the song has been nominated by the party to which the song has supported a positive change.

Can I nominate the same song more than once?

You can nominate the same song more than once which will increase it rating, however multiple nominations of the same song by the same person does not increase criteria applied by ALMC Board of Standards when voting for nominated songs to be awarded.

What style of music can be nominated for a Miracle Music Award?

Any style of music by any artist which offers a free link to its sound recording and contains lyrics currently recorded in English may be nominated for a Miracle Music Award.

Does ALMC keep my information private?

Please refer to ALMC's Privacy Policy for details pertaining to our consumer privacy policy.

Where can I get more questions answered?

Individuals with further questions are welcome to contact Glenn Dewitt, Chair at ALMC via Linkedin at the following link:  linkedin.com/in/glenn-dewitt-848336162


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