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.

Miranda Rex, Music Therapist

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Miranda Rex, MA, MT-BC completed her master’s degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University in 2018, and is currently pursuing an additional master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling to obtain a licensed professional counselor (LPC) designation.

Miranda’s primary passion is individuals across the lifespan with mental health concerns, but she enjoys engaging with persons of all ages with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities as well. Miranda also cares deeply about health equity amongst marginalized populations, and is an advocate for racial, gender, and disability rights.

Miranda has served as a practicum supervisor for Heart and Harmony since 2019, and began supervising interns in 2020, working with universities and students across the U.S., both in person and virtually. In 2021, she and her co-workers presented at the SWAMTA regional conference with the presentation, What We Learned From a Year of Virtual Supervision.

In addition to this presentation, Miranda has worked in tandem with her co-workers to present at several other venues in the state of Texas, including the Gladney Center for Adoption and Sam Houston State University.

When she is not working, Miranda loves to read, stream movies and TV shows, and spend time with friends, her husband, and her rescue dog, Ygritte.

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!

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.

Sarah Bartholomew, Music Therapy Intern

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Sarah Bartholomew recently completed her coursework at Drury University in Springfield, MO, majoring in music therapy with a minor in psychology. Born and raised in Alaska, she began playing violin at age 4. Eventually, she switched to viola and joined her school’s advanced orchestra as well as the Anchorage Youth Symphony. She also participated in many bluegrass camps along the way, eventually becoming a volunteer student teacher alongside the camp teachers. Her experience with both classical and bluegrass music has given her the opportunity to perform at a variety of venues, including fairs and festivals, RockyGrass Bluegrass Music Festival as a fiddle competition finalist, and Carnegie Hall with the Honors Youth Orchestra.

Throughout her college career, Sarah has had a variety of clinical experiences, including working with children and teens with multiple disabilities, children living in a crisis care home, children with mental health needs, adults with intellectual and developmental delays, adults with a variety of comorbidities, and older adults with major neurocognitive disorders. She has also volunteered at a summer camp in her hometown for children with autism, working alongside an interdisciplinary team.

Outside of her work experience, Sarah participates in a local church praise band and actively seeks out opportunities for other local performances and jam sessions. She enjoys creating art, putting together puzzles, and watching Netflix in her free time. She loves to travel when she can and has had the opportunity to travel internationally many times. Her favorite country she has been to is the Galapagos Islands. Outside of this, nothing can beat Walt Disney World.

Bree Guggenheim, Music Therapy Intern

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Bree Guggenheim was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. She is in the process of completing her music therapy coursework and psychology minor at Loyola University New Orleans with voice as her primary instrument. While attending undergrad, Bree had the opportunity to get involved with Sigma Alpha Iota, a music women’s fraternity, and study abroad for a semester in Ireland.

Her clinical experiences include preschool children with hearing deficiencies, middle school and high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and adolescents in high-risk communities. 

In her free time, Bree enjoys reading, learning new music, traveling, and spending time with her family and their dogs. Bree looks forward to experiencing growing as both a music therapy intern and overall person under the amazing guidance of the Heart and Harmony team.


Amber Patterson, Music Therapy Intern

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Amber Patterson is a Georgia girl, raised in Savannah, GA. She is an Equivalency/ Master’s student at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA. She received Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music from Valdosta State University in 2017.

She has always had a love for music and has sang in choirs at church, primary and high school and in college. In March of 2014, she had the opportunity to sing with the VSU Chamber Singers in their Songs of England Tour. She joined the music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota in the Spring of 2016 and was the president of the Beta Rho chapter at Georgia College in 2020.

Amber first became interested in music therapy in 2012, after reading an article about the effect
of Music Therapy on older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the AARP magazine. Her clinical experience includes children with emotional and behavioral disorders, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and older adults with dementia. Amber loves to read adventure and fiction novels, color, paint, play video games and take long walks during her downtime.


Isabelle Spence, Music Therapy Intern

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Isabelle Spence was born in Flemington, New Jersey and moved to Madison, Alabama in her early childhood. She recently completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Alabama with a major in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Isabelle is passionate about performing on her flute, and she has performed as an ensemble member and as a soloist across the United States. Notable performances include the National Collegiate Flute Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah during the 2019 National Flute Association Convention, the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble in the 2020 American Band Master’s Association Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi, three undergraduate solo recitals, and the 2017 London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England.

During her tenure as an undergraduate, she was a member of the Capstone Music Therapy Association, where she served as Vice President in 2019 and President in 2020. Isabelle was also a member of the Nu Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, where she held the officer position of treasurer in 2019. She also served as the Piccolo Head Section Leader in the Million Dollar Band during the 2019 marching season and as the Principal Flutist in the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble in 2018 and 2019. In addition, she received the Dorothy Dann Music Therapy Scholarship and the Earnest Bluhm Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs in 2019.

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 grateful to join the Heart and Harmony team as an intern and learn as much as possible!

Angelica Zavala, Music Therapy Intern

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Angelica Zavala is a native of Plano, Texas. She recently completed her undergraduate coursework at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) with a major in Music Therapy and a minor in Applied Psychology. As a flutist, Angelica’s most recent performances were with the TWU Wind Symphony at the 2020 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Norman, Oklahoma, and with the TWU Flute Choir at the 2019 National Flute Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

As a student, she was a member of the Student Association of Music Therapy, where she served as secretary. Angelica was also a member of the Iota Omega chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), where she held the officer positions of treasurer and vice president-ritual. She was currently awarded the SAI Kappa B Province Collegiate Leadership Award and the Sword of Honor. In addition, she received the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association (SWAMTA) Intern Scholarship.

Angelica has had the honor of collaborating and working with various music therapy clients in settings such as an assisted-living facility, juvenile detention center, local school district, and a pediatric hospital. After completing her internship, Angelica plans to return to TWU to obtain a Master of Music Therapy degree. In her free time, Angelica enjoys spending time with family and friends, jamming to Taylor Swift (only Taylor’s Version), and buying plants at Ikea. She is grateful to join the Heart and Harmony Music Therapy team as an intern.