Meet the Team

Nikki Belshe Lanza, Music Therapist, Owner and Founder

Nikki Belshe Lanza, 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 TexasNikki 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 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

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.

Taylor Cockrum, Music Therapist

Taylor Cockrum, MT-BC

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

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!

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, 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

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!

Bree Guggenheim, Music Therapy Intern

Bree Guggenheim Headshot

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.

 

Victor Torres, Music Therapy Intern

Victor Torres Heart and Harmony Music Therapy Intern

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) and is humbled to be with the Heart and Harmony team as an intern. 

 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.