Who is Roxanne

Roxanne Christian is the founder and owner of Live Love Life Music. Live Love Life Music was inspired by Roxanne’s passion for music as therapy and bringing this work to the Durham Region. Music therapy as a profession is more utilized in the United States than it is in Canada. As a graduate of Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Roxanne wanted to come back to Durham to create opportunities for music therapists and provide music therapy services within the region.

Roxanne is a skilled and talented music therapist. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with her BA in Music Therapy. Roxanne Christian is registered and Board Certified through the Certification Board of Music Therapists and the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.

Live Love Life Music’s mission is to help enrich the lives of individuals and meet their desired goals through the therapeutic use of music. We empower individuals with tools to enhance and self-regulate their mood, increase their sense of purpose, improve their social and cognitive functioning, and provide healthy means of self exploration and expression that ultimately promotes joy in the present moment.

What is Music Therapy?

.Music therapy is the clinical and 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. Music Therapy is an allied health profession that systematically uses music, sound, imagery and movement as the modality to promote health and wellness.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

Tools used:

  • Various percussion instruments from around the world
  • Tibetan singing bowl
  • Native American flute
  • Traditional flute
  • Suzuki hand chimes
  • Aromas of essential oils (if requested)
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard/piano
  • Recorded music (usually client preferred)

Frequently Asked Questions

.Music therapists work in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centres, agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.

The idea of music as a healing influence that could affect health and behaviour is as least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato. The 20th-century discipline began after World War I and World War II when community musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to veterans’ hospitals around the country to play for the thousands of veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma from the wars.

The patients’ notable physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to request the hiring of musicians by the hospitals. It was soon evident that the hospital musicians needed some prior training before entering the facility and so the demand grew for a college curriculum. The first music therapy degree program in the world, founded at Michigan State University in 1944, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1994. The American Music Therapy Association was founded in 1998 as a union of the National Association for Music Therapy and the American Association for Music therapy.

Persons who complete one of the approved college music therapy curricula (including an internship) are then eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the music therapist-board certified credential (MT-BC).

The National Music Therapy Registry (NMTR) serves qualified music therapy professionals with the following designations: RMT, CMT, ACMT. These individuals have met accepted educational and clinical training standards and are qualified to practice music therapy.

In Canada, the credentials MTA, Music Therapist Accredited, are used to designate music therapists that have been accredited with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT). The accreditation process involves completion of a 1,000-hour internship, clinical supervision, submission of a case study and other competency testing. MTA is a registered Certification Mark with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, an agency of Industry Canada.

AMTA promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy. The Music Therapy Association of Ontario has substantial video links and articles that support the efficacy of Music Therapy. The site address is: http://www.musictherapyontario.com/page-1165833






That the client or patient has to have some particular music ability to benefit from music therapy — they do not. That there is one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest — this is not the case. All styles of music can be useful in effecting change in a client or patient’s life. The individual’s preferences, circumstances, need for treatment and goals help to determine the types of music a music therapist may use.

Healthy individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music making, such as drumming, as well as passive listening for relaxation. Music is often a vital support for physical exercise. Music therapy assisted labour and delivery may also be included in this category since pregnancy is regarded as a normal part of women’s life cycles.

Music is used in general hospitals to: alleviate pain in conjunction with anesthesia or pain medication; elevate patients’ mood and counteract depression; promote movement for physical rehabilitation; calm or sedate, often to induce sleep; counteract apprehension or fear; and lessen muscle tension for the purpose of relaxation, including the autonomic nervous system.

Music is used with elderly persons to increase or maintain their level of physical, mental, and social/emotional functioning. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person’s quality of life.

Music therapists are often hired in schools to provide music therapy services listed on the Individualized Education Plan for mainstreamed special learners. Music learning is used to strengthen nonmusical areas such as communication skills and physical coordination skills which are important for daily life.

Music therapy allows persons with mental health needs to explore personal feelings, make positive changes in mood and emotional states, have a sense of control over life through successful experiences, practice problem solving and resolve conflicts leading to stronger family and peer relationships.

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  • Roxanne is a delight to work with.  She has been working with my young son for a few months now and he is making wonderful progress with her.  He is excited to see her, engaged in her sessions and has truly connected with her in a way that is rare for him.  Roxanne’s passion, knowledge and skill are evident in her therapy sessions.  There is a uniqueness about her, and her style which captivates her clients (and their families), we feel blessed to have her in our lives and working with our child

    Shona C., Licensed Social Worker 
  • I have had the pleasure of working with Roxanne for several years and I have always found her to be very professional and patient-centric. She is a very talented musician and easily marries her talent and clinical expertise. Over the course of time Roxanne has had the opportunity to work with some very challenging patients; and has, in almost every case, been able to touch them in some very positive and profound way. Many have a gift of expression; Roxanne has a gift to heal.

    John Brent LaGue, Psy.D. PSY24031
  • The tools that Roxanne uses and her talents touch patients. It pulls them out of their zone that they are in. Isolated individuals enjoy her music and begin to engage and become more receptive to other aspects of their treatment. She brings light to their spirit. I truly believe in music therapy. I see the great work that it does and Roxanne is awesome!

    B. Jones, LVN, Patient Liaison
  • Roxanne is not only a talented clinician, but has a gift to impact and reach people. Her music and relaxation therapies are beyond what any other therapies can provide

    Dr. Lori O’rourke, PsyD
  • I have been fortunate to have had the privilege to work with Roxanne over the last three years at Aurora Charter Oak Hospital. Not only did she provide such moving music therapy to our patients, but she brought an energy to the floor that we will struggle to match. Roxanne’s melodic voice calmed even the most angry patient and it would bring depressed patients out of their darkness, even for just an hour a day. She provided our wounded souls a safe outlet to express their worries and provided them ways to calm their souls. Her angelic voice and spirit will be remembered for years to come.

    Shana Garcia, Psy.D.
  • Roxanne is a compassionate, skilled clinician that uses many tools and techniques that help people understand themselves and begin the process to healing

    Roxanna Rosen, MPsy.



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