Meet the Team

Nikki Belshe, Music Therapist, Owner and Founder

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.

Jordan Bailey, Music Therapist

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.

Jean-Michael Diaz-Negron, Music Therapist

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!

Jon Fessenden, Music Therapist

Jon Fessenden, MT-BC, graduated with a Master of Science in Music Therapy from Molloy College in Long Island, NY. He also complete post-graduate training in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy (NRMT) at New York University, where he explored the use of clinical improvisation with developmentally disabled clients.

 Prior to arriving in Texas, Jon worked as a music therapist in Long Island at the VA Hospital and Music Academy for Special Learners. He is also finishing his doctoral dissertation in musicology at Stony Brook University, and hopes to complete his PhD by next Spring.

 In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, exploring nature, playing board games, and playing tennis. He is thrilled to be here in DFW!

Samantha Graham, Music Therapist

Sammi Graham, MT-BC, completed her music therapy coursework and minor in psychology at Sam Houston State University. Sammi’s primary instrument is voice and she was able to cultivate her talents with SHSU’s Chorale and Opera Theatre.

Sammi’s clinical experience includes working with: children and adolescents with learning disabilities, adolescents and adults in psychiatric care, adults with substance use disorder, adults in neurorehabilitation centers, and individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sammi became a Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist in July of 2019 and is eager to use her knowledge to support families throughout the birth process.

Sammi is passionate about continuing education and aspires to become a certified doula, counselor, and Neurologic Music Therapist in order to enhance her practice. Sammi also aspires to continue performing in some capacity. 

Sammi enjoys living in Fort Worth and is thrilled to be part of the Heart and Harmony team!

Madison Michel, Music Therapist

Madison Michel, MT-BC, Neonatal ICU Music Therapist, graduated 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, and is currently pursuing her MM in Music Therapy from Colorado State University (distance). 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 became the Heart and Harmony Internship Director in July 2018 with a vision to create a dynamic, supportive, and challenging environment that pushes each intern to develop into a passionate and competent professional.

 In addition to her work at Heart and Harmony, Madison has presented at both regional and national music therapy conferences and enjoys doing advocacy presentations in the DFW 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.  She is fascinated by the interaction of the brain and music, and strives to implement principles of neuroscience in her practice. 

Madison loves traveling, hiking in national parks, Alabama football (Roll tide!), vintage fashion, and of course her home base of funky, fun, Fort Worth, Texas!

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

Miranda Rex, Music Therapist

Miranda Rex, MA, MT-BC graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2014, and completed her master’s degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University in 2018. She is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification #13860) and hopes to one day pursue a master’s degree in counseling to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Miranda’s primary passion is children and teens with mental health and behavioral concerns, but she also enjoys engaging with individuals across the lifespan with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Miranda is thrilled to be fulfilling her dream of being a music therapist in the DFW area, and is excited to be a member of the Heart and Harmony team. When she is not working, Miranda loves to read, stream movies and TV shows, and spend time with her friends on and around the Denton square. 

Annie Roberson, Music Therapist

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!

Jordan Tenpas, Music Therapist

Jordan Tenpas, MT-BC
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!

Taylor Cockrum, Music Therapy Intern

Taylor Cockrum completed her music therapy coursework at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX with her primary instrument being voice. She is a TWU Athenian Honors scholar and is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In her time at TWU, she traveled with the TWU Concert Choir to perform at two national conferences and served as Choir President. 

In addition to her work in the choral department, her paper “Music Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care” was published and awarded the Outstanding Upperclassmen Submission in Off the Quill, the Athenian Honor Society publication journal, in 2019. Additionally, she served as a Student Music Theory and Aural Skills tutor for 2.5 years. 

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. 

When she is not singing or playing music, she loves traveling around the world, musical theatre, drinking lots of coffee, and petting lots of dogs! Taylor is thrilled to be learning from the Heart and Harmony team during this exciting time of growth and immersion into the amazing field of music therapy!

Ali Quarles, Music Therapy Intern

Ali Quarles studied for her BS in Music Therapy with a minor in History at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Her primary instrument is oboe, and has played in a variety of pit productions such as West Side Story and Beauty and the Beast. She also was a featured soloist at the Meyersons’ 25th anniversary concert. She officially will be graduating in Spring of 2020 after the completion of her internship and will seek her certification soon after. After certification, she hopes to pursue her Masters degree and eventually her PHD.

Ali has worked with a variety of populations with a diverse set of needs. She worked for North Texas Performing Arts as a private lesson teacher throughout her college career and quickly developed a passion for working with children with special needs. She continues to
teach adaptive voice, piano, drum and guitar lessons as an independent teacher.

Even though she has a passion for working with children, Ali also has a passion for working in mental health settings with clients of all ages. Ali hopes to work with children on the Autistic Spectrum or to
work in a recovery setting with clients with substance abuse disorder in the near future, although is open to working with all populations.

When Ali is not working towards her certification or working on internship, she loves to spend time with her family at her family home in Dallas! Ali is excited to be fulfilling her dreams interning at Heart and Harmony because she gets to give back to the community that she was raised in!