Meet the Team

Nikki Belshe Lanza, Music Therapist, Clinical Director

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Nikki Belshe Lanza, MNLM, 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 Texas

Nikki has a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree from Arizona State University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Vocal Studies from Sam Houston State University. Nikki is a board-certified music therapist (#08938) and was recognized as one of Fort Worth’s Forty Under Forty in 2020.

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.

You can probably find Nikki somewhere outdoors: digging in the garden, watching birds, or – most likely – being chased by her kiddos.

Nikki was featured in Voyage Dallas Magazine.

Jordan Bailey, Music Therapist

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Jordan Bailey, MT-BC, Neonatal ICU Music Therapist, is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He completed his coursework in music therapy at The University of Alabama. His primary instrument is voice, but he also enjoys playing the trombone. At UA, Jordan participated in many music ensembles including the University Chorus, the University Singers, the UA Trombone Choir, and The Million Dollar Band. He served as Research Chair of the Capstone Music Therapy Association for two years and the Vice President of the University Singers, which is the UA school of music’s premier vocal ensemble.His clinical experience includes populations involving premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders (EDBD), adults in the oncology unit of a local hospital, older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in an assisted living facility, and an adaptive pop ensemble of high school students that included students with IDD and EDBD.

Jordan enjoys musical theater, watching TV shows on Netflix, playing games such as Taboo and Phase 10 with family and friends, and attempting to cook in his free time.

He is extremely excited for the opportunity to work in the DFW community with the team at Heart and Harmony Music Therapy.

Darlene Canales, Music Therapist

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Darlene Canales, MA, MT-BC, Level One GIM Certified. Darlene is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She completed her internship at Denton ISD in 2010. Before joining Heart and Harmony, she worked in a school district in Dallas for 11 years where she served students ages 3 – 21 years old. She has also worked in other school districts, and has been a practicum supervisor for students at Texas Woman’s University and Southern Methodist University.

Throughout her career, she has worked with various populations including: children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, immersive Pre-K programs, hospice, geriatrics, trauma, behavioral disorders, visual impairments, and hearing impairments.. She has presented continuing education at local and national music therapy conferences, and with Region 10. She enjoys learning new things, and is very passionate about racial and gender equality, women’s rights, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

During her free time,  Darlene likes to spend time with her partner, visit with family and friends, play with and spoil her adorable dogs. She also enjoys playing video games, reading, and board games. On the weekends, you can usually find Darlene singing with her country band, singing in her church band, and volunteering with her church.

Taylor Cockrum, Music Therapist

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Taylor Cockrum, MT-BC graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University with her primary instrument as voice. She completed her internship with Heart and Harmony in Summer 2020. 

Taylor’s clinical experience includes working with children, teens, and adults with a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and people of all ages in a range of mental health settings including trauma, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders. 

Additionally, she became a Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist in August 2020, and hopes to pursue further education and training to help support mothers and their babies through music throughout pre- and post-natal stages of pregnancy. 

When she is not singing or playing music, Taylor loves traveling around the world, musical theatre, sunflowers, drinking lots of coffee, and petting lots of dogs! She is passionate about inclusivity, representation, learning new things, and providing access to music (therapy AND education) services. Taylor is beyond excited to be able to serve clients with the Heart and Harmony team!

Jean-Michael Diaz-Negron, Music Therapist

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Jean-Michael Diaz-Negron, MT-BC, completed his coursework and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. He is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification #14154).

Jean-Michael interned the spring and summer of 2018 in Denton ISD and worked with individuals and groups with various intellectual/developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. His other clinical experience include older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in an assisted living facility and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders in a psych hospital and juvenile detention center.

During his free time, Jean-Michael enjoys spending time at the zoo and museum with his wife and son. He also enjoys watching and playing baseball, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family. He enjoys the simple life.

Finally able to serve the DFW community, Jean-Michael is overjoyed to be part of the Heart and Harmony team!

Sophie Gwartney, Music Therapist

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Sophie Gwartney, MT-BC was born and raised in northern Virginia, and moved to Texas with her family the day after she graduated high school. Her family settled in the DFW area while she went on to Sam Houston State University, studying music therapy and her primary instrument, voice. Sophie graduated with a bachelor’s in music therapy in December 2020 after her internship with Heart and Harmony, and became a board certified music therapist in January 2021.

Sophie’s clinical experience ranges from preschool aged children to adults with various intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or mental health concerns. She has also treated for memory maintenance, effects of stroke, and end-of-life care in an older adult setting. In addition, Sophie is a certified Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth practitioner dedicated to helping birthing people and partners through the late stages of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum bonding.

Outside of her role as a musician and music therapist, Sophie is a bookworm, coffee guzzler, birthday party princess, cat lover, and a homebody who loves to spend time with her family.

Madison Michel, Music Therapist, Education Director

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Madison Michel, MM, MT-BC, Neonatal ICU Music Therapistgraduated from The University of Alabama with her BM in Music Therapy with a principle in voice in 2015, interned with Heart and Harmony Music Therapy. While working as a therapist for Heart and Harmony, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her MM in Music Therapy from Colorado State University (distance) in December 2020. In addition, she has been honored as a DFW Child Magazine Mom-Approved Therapist two years in a row (2019-2020). Madison has been supervising interns since July 2017 and is now the Heart and Harmony Education Director with a vision to create a dynamic, supportive, and challenging environment that pushes each intern and practicum student to develop into a passionate and competent professional.

Madison specializes in a neurodevelopmental sensory-based treatment approach that uses the puzzle pieces of music, research, and therapeutic experience to target the individual needs of each client. She believes in lifelong learning and is currently independently studying the neurodevelopmental impacts of stress.

In addition to her work at Heart and Harmony, Madison has presented at both regional and national music therapy conferences and enjoys presenting in her community. She has worked for Adam’s Camp Colorado and Adam’s Camp Alaska on a multidisciplinary therapy team for both children with ASD and genetic disorders. Madison is proud to be a third generation music therapist and is currently pursuing historical research on her grandfather, Dr. Donald E. Michel, a pioneer in music therapy who began practicing in 1950.

Outside of music therapy, Madison enjoys spending time with her fiance and pets, board game nights, and hiking trips.

Madison was interviewed for Thrive, part of DFW Child Magazine.

Annie Roberson, Music Therapist

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Annie Roberson, MT-BC, Neonatal ICU Music Therapist, Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist, completed her music therapy coursework at the University of Alabama with a primary instrument of trumpet. Annie completed her internship with Heart and Harmony in the fall of 2018. She is a professional member of Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN).

Annie’s clinical experience includes NICU infants, children, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children and teens with emotional and behavioral disorders, adults in oncology units, and adults with dementia in memory care units. Annie completed her Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist in July 2019 and is excited to support parents and babies in the DFW area.

In her free time, Annie enjoys watching the Nashville Predators play hockey, the Alabama Crimson Tide win national championships, crocheting, and being in the great outdoors.

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Annie is thrilled to serve the DFW community with the incredible team of Heart and Harmony therapists!

Isabelle Spence, MT-BC

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Isabelle Spence, MT-BC graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and a minor in psychology in December 2021. Isabelle is passionate about performing on her primary instrument, the flute, and she has performed as an ensemble member and as a soloist across the United States. Isabelle completed her internship with Heart and Harmony in the fall of 2021.

Isabelle’s clinical experience includes premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), adults with cerebral palsy (CP), children and adults with intellectual and developmental disorders (IDD), older adults with dementia, and school-aged children in inclusive classrooms. She also teaches adaptive voice and guitar lessons.

During her free time, Isabelle enjoys backpacking, reading, baking, and travelling. She has two cats named Pickles and Olive. Isabelle is excited to join the Heart and Harmony team and serve the DFW community.

Jordan Tenpas, Music Therapist

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Jordan Tenpas, MT-BC, completed her music therapy coursework at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  In addition to her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Jordan pursued a dual degree in school and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Her primary instrument is voice, and she loved singing with the Meadows Choral Ensembles and Meadows Opera Theatre.

Jordan completed her internship in Fall of 2019 at Austin State Hospital where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health diagnoses.  Her additional clinical experience includes children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults with dementia, early childhood groups, adult oncology patients, and children and adolescents with learning differences.

When not at work, Jordan enjoys spending time with friends, reading, watching TV or movies, cooking, and swimming.
Jordan loves DFW and is excited to be working with the Heart and Harmony team!

Victor Torres, MT-BC

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Victor Torres is a native Texan and has lived in the DFW area for the better part of his life. He developed his prowess as a musician by first starting in choir in the first grade. There he began his musical journey where he met wonderful mentors and teachers that sharpened his skills and continued to raise his musicianship to the next level. Along the way, Victor has performed in many contexts from the late-night open mic nights to performing alongside English rock band, The Rolling Stones on their ZipCode tour.

Victor’s love for music led him to earn his BA in Audio Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. After earning this degree, Victor spent time recording artists, playing shows around the DFW, releasing music, and sharing his talents in a Recreational Department at a local psych hospital. After a few years of working with this hospital and connecting with his childhood volunteer work, Victor decided to change course and use music for the betterment of others. He has since completed his coursework at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana as part of earning the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist), an internship with Heart and Harmony, and is humbled to be with the Heart and Harmony team as a music therapist.

 When Victor is not making music, you can find him camping near a 14er in the San Juan Mountains in CO, spending time with family and friends playing some good ol’ Nintendo, or tearing up a local skate park.

Emily Hammer, Music Therapy Intern

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Emily Hammer was born and raised in The Woodlands, TX excluding some time spent overseas. She completed her music therapy course work at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is so excited to be back in Texas interning with Heart and Harmony! Her primary instrument is voice but she is also skilled at guitar, piano, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. Emily has been involved in music most of her life with some of her favorite memories revolving around making music with others. She has been apart of several solo and ensemble performances through out her college career and cherishes the skills she has acquired through performing. Emily also served the Belmont Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association for Students (BAMTAS) as its president elect in 2020 and then president in 2021.

Clinically, Emily has had experience with patients in a psychiatric hospital, older adults dealing with memory loss and Dementia, as well as children, adolescents, and adults with various intellectual and developmental disorders (IDD). She has also enjoyed her time volunteering with Music Therapy of the Rockies working along side veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Emily’s music therapy philosophy is constantly evolving but she strives to create an environment of safety where clients feel they can be vulnerable and supported on the path to achieving their goals.

In her free time, she enjoys embroidering, reading, watering her plants, rock climbing, and playing music for the joy of playing! Emily is looking forward to growing as a clinician and soaking up the experience of being a Heart and Harmony intern.

Haruki Nunn, Music Therapy Intern

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Haruki Nunn was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She started playing the piano at the age of four. After high school, she moved to California to pursue her BA in liberal arts with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Soka University of America. She also studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, for one semester, where she learned how music can support communication among people as well as building a community. Then, she completed her coursework in music therapy at Berklee College of Music with her primary instrument as piano. She has many experiences of accompanying chorus groups, vocalists as well as instrumentalists and performing a solo.    

Haruki’s clinical experience includes adolescents with special needs, early children with a variety of developmental and physical needs, older adults with dementia and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

During her free time, Haruki loves traveling around the world, camping with her family and friends, exploring new cafes and eating and cooking something new! She is delighted to join Heart and Harmony as an intern and excited to serve the DFW community!

Nia Williams, Music Therapy Intern

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Born and (mostly) raised in Beaumont, Texas, Nia Williams has always recognized her passion for music. She first began cello lessons at the young age of 5 years old, studying under the Suzuki method in Cedar Falls, Iowa where her family resided at the time. She and her family would later move to Beaumont and then finally settle in Huntsville after she was accepted into Sam Houston State University’s music program to study music therapy and the cello, her primary instrument. Alongside her music therapy and instrumental studies, Nia has had the opportunity to serve as an undergraduate clinical research assistant for the ongoing project “Neonatal Nurse Perspectives on Voice Use and Auditory Needs with Premature Infants in the NICU” since December 2019.

Nia attributes her academic, musical, and personal growth to the widespread support and encouragement she found through SHSU’s School of Music. Her experiences in the SHSU Orchestra and Cello Studio (under the direction of Dr. Jacob Sustaita, Dr. Mario Aschauer, and Dr. Daniel Saenz, respectively) have shaped her into the musician she is today. Concurrently, the music therapy faculty–Dr. Carolyn Moore, Mr. Marcus Hughes, and Dr. Amy Smith–have all been influential in shaping her into a future music therapist: “I am who I am because of my teachers and my friends within the SHSU School of Music. I will forever be grateful to them!”

Nia’s pre-internship clinical experiences include her work with neurotypical children addressing social skills, young adults with developmental disabilities, and older adults with dementia in end-of-life care (with an emphasis on fostering meaningful interaction with family and
encouraging coping skills for the family). Through her internship with Heart and Harmony, Nia hopes to gain greater experience working with a diverse range of populations and diagnoses. She also is excited to learn more about clinical business administration.

In her free time, Nia is an avid social justice activist, baker, coffee-drinker, and is a major fan of NBC’s “This Is Us.” She also enjoys serving at her church, spending quality time with her significant other and friends, listening to jazz/metal/classical music, engaging in the local music scene, and weightlifting. All in all, Nia is excited to start her journey with Heart and Harmony Music Therapy and learn all she can from the amazing team of music therapists!