Things have Changed a great deal for so many of us over the past few years of pandemic, work disruption, and unrest. These past years have brought radical change to my life, some for the better, and some through a lot of grief. Through starting seminary in Theology and the Arts and having to shift ways to make income during the pandemic, I've had an accelerated change in the direction of my work. Like many, I am not the same person I was at the beginning of 2020. Everything from my creative expression to my hair has changed and grown. Almost everything is different now. My website has not had time to keep up with all the changes. During these summer months of 2022, I'll be doing the work of updating this website, but it will take time. Please be patient with my reconstruction. Thank you for your past, present and future support.
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Through Musical Performance, Interactive Music Experiences, Recorded Music, and Hospice Music Therapy, Christian Nielsen and the musicians and music therapists who work with him are committed to use music as a source of healing, peace and joy for the communities they serve.
Christian Nielsen has been providing church music, memorial service music, interactive musical experiences for all ages in the Twin Cities Metro and surrounding areas for 30 years. He has been providing hospice music therapy, as a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) in the Southwest Metro and rural areas for 20 years. He is a graduate of the Augsburg University Music Therapy program and did his extended music therapy internship training at Park Nicollet Hospice, Methodist Hospital, and Struther's Parkinson's center.
Christian's practice has worked with Ridgeview Hospice since 2000, when he started the music therapy program. While his practice has served a broad range of needs, it is now limited to hospice, palliative care, and the Geriatric Mental Health program at Ridgeview Medical Center. Two other board certified music therapists, Jenna Simpson and Laura Olson of City of Lakes Music Therapy assist Christian in meeting the needs of his therapy clients.
Christian has work with many area senior and care facilities to provide interactive music programming and events for more than 20 years. He also provides music for private events.
As the son of a United Methodist Minister, a church musician since age 10, and one who has studied the role of music in the spirituality of many faith traditions, Christian has always felt that music is one of the greatest expressions of our shared humanity, and one of our best vehicles for connecting to the divine. Christian has performed and led music in churches of nearly every denomination, including faiths beyond Christianity. As an extension of this belief, and as the work he does as a therapist working with those at end of life, Christian considers playing and leading music for funerals, memorials, wakes, vigils, and celebration of life, to be the greatest honor. In his career he played for hundreds of services for people of all beliefs and ethical persuasions in houses of worship, gravesides, outdoor settings, funeral homes/chapels, and family homes/cabins. He works with each family, officiants, funeral directors, and other musicians as needed to create a service tailored to the beliefs and personality of the person who has died.
In 2017, Christian Nielsen began a collaboration with fellow music therapist and musician, Anna Lee Roberts as Wellespring. Wellespring performs in both churches and secular settings, and our mission is to share the healing and joy we find in our music therapy work with the worlds.
Christian has also made several recordings for relaxation, meditation, spiritual practice, and some just for fun. His recordings have helped people of all ages through health & emotional crises (even premature infants). His YouTube page has had nearly 400,000 views. You can find these recordings on the Recordings/Video tab and purchase them in the CD & Download Store on this site. Christian is also an amateur photographer. Many of his images are incorporated in his videos. Some of his photography is available to view and purchase at the Christian Nielsen SmugMug page.