Music therapists wear so many different hats as clinicians, musicians, advocates, and entrepreneurs. When you’re looking to add the “business owner” hat to your collection, you need to hear from a music therapist who’s been there before and can tell you what to expect.
With more than a decade of experience in private practice, I offer first-hand insight into the rewards, challenges, and day-to-day operations of starting or expanding your music therapy business.
Let’s work together to determine your unique business goals and identify strategies to get you where you want to go!
About Heart and Harmony
We believe in what we do. We do it with passion.
Heart and Harmony is a team of diverse music therapists and music therapy interns who are committed to providing accessible, high-quality music therapy services to our community. Since its founding in 2009, Heart and Harmony has expanded from a one-therapist venture to a private practice employing nine board-certified music therapists and training more than 20 interns.
We are passionate about client autonomy and the accessibility of our services. We believe in honoring the self-identities of our clients and our therapists. We encourage our therapists to build upon their unique skills and acquire specialized training to provide high-quality services to a wide range of clients.
About Nikki Belshe
Nikki Belshe, MT-BC, is the founder and Clinical Director of Heart and Harmony Music Therapy. She is also founder and current President of the Board for the Fort Worth Music Therapy Fund, a nonprofit founded in 2019 to increase access to music therapy in northwest Texas by providing financial assistance to clients and interns. Nikki is a board-certified music therapist (#08938) and is currently pursuing a Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree at Arizona State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Vocal Studies from Sam Houston State University in 2008.
Nikki has worked primarily with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2009 and is a professional member of Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). She is passionate about autonomy and human rights.
Nikki cares deeply about professional sustainability and is invested in not only creating a healthy work environment for her own employees, but empowering other therapists throughout the region to be aware of healthy, ethical, sustainable professional practices so that they can thrive.
Nikki cares about a whole slew of things including private practice ethics; racial, gender, and disability equity; reimbursement, funding, and accessibility of music therapy; birth equity and Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth; and her beautiful children and rambunctious dogs.
You can probably find Nikki somewhere outdoors: digging in the garden, watching birds, gazing at stars, or – most likely – being chased by her kiddos.
Nikki was featured in Voyage Dallas Magazine.