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Our Team

Haleigh Beaird, MMT, MT-BC, Owner of HHMT (she/her)

Haleigh spent the first 7 years of practicing music therapy in the Dallas Metroplex. During her time there, she worked primarily in special education and at a hospital for adolescents with eating disorders. Haleigh has been published several times because of her work with these populations and has had the unique opportunity to work with Vance Joy on discussing the impact of current music and its ability to be utilized with youth in developing appropriate coping mechanisms. Also during her work at Frisco ISD, Haleigh’s main goal was to make resources for families and teachers accessible so that any student being served could have the supports they needed in their own unique environment. Her resource became so widely used by staff and families in the district that it was eventually published and displayed as the standard resource list by the special education department during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

During Haleigh’s time in Frisco ISD, she provided group services to all centralized special education class types from the Early Childhood School to the 18+ Program. For three years, she was the sole music therapist for the Early Childhood School and facilitated group services to over 1000 students at this campus alone. She also worked with students who had music therapy on their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and designed creative session plans that addressed student’s specific IEP goals. She was able to conduct these sessions through in-person, virtual, and consult support to ensure continuity of services. Haleigh also is highly experienced in the procedures and laws surrounding Annual Review and Dismissal meetings (ARD) and completing IDEA compliant evaluations  by using the Special Education Music Therapy Assessment Handbook (SEMTAP).

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In 2021, Haleigh had her first child (Magnolia) with her husband of six years, Jonathan. After several years of struggling to get pregnant and having Magnolia prematurely, Jonathan and Haleigh knew once she was born that it was time to move closer to family. Haleigh graduated from Friendswood High School and attended all 12 years of schooling in the Friendswood ISD system. She knew there was no better area to raise their child and start a practice. 

 

Helpful Harmonies was created with the idea and relationship that Haleigh had with her daughter Magnolia. While in the womb, Haleigh sang “You Are My Sunshine” to Magnolia every day. Along with the significance of this song, and Magnolia being Haleigh’s rainbow baby, the logo and the idea of Helpful Harmonies was created. In the logo, you can see a staff with a melody line. This line reads “You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray”. It is the intent of this musical phrase of the song paired with the rainbow to show all of Helpful Harmonies clients that there is hope in the therapeutic process and that it is a bridge between where we are and where we are going.


For more information on Haleigh’s professional experience, please click here or visit Haleigh’s Linkedin Profile.

Sophie Black, Music Therapist (she/her)

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Sophie Black is a dedicated music therapist who has worked with diverse clients in various settings, including schools, memory care units, hospice, and disability service organizations. She received her B.M. in Music Therapy with a minor in business from Sam Houston State University and completed her internship with the Harris County Department of Education. Raised by educators in Clear Lake, Sophie is passionate about giving back to her local community and schools. As a graduate of Clear Lake High School in Clear Creek ISD, she has a deep love for the unique culture, community, and diversity of South Houston.

 

Sophie is always looking to expand her knowledge of the field, focusing on neurodiversity and inclusivity. She adopts a client-centered humanistic approach, prioritizing the development of each individual's sense of self and autonomy. Having provided both in-person and telehealth group and individual music therapy sessions, she has worked with a broad spectrum of age groups, from early childhood to older adults. She enjoys collaborating with other therapy services, such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy, to ensure comprehensive care for her clients. In addition to providing services in the private sector, Sophie enjoys working in the Special Education setting, evaluating and providing services to students receiving services under their Individual Education Plan (IEP).

 

Sophie's contributions to the field have been recognized through grants from the Music Therapy Access Fund and the Central Texas Music Therapy Association. She has presented music therapy topics at in-services, professional development workshops, and training sessions, engaging both fellow music therapists and other professionals. In addition to her music therapy work, Sophie is an accomplished violist and violinist, and has studied the instruments for over 20 years. She regularly performs in local orchestras, chamber ensembles, and church services throughout the greater-Houston area.

Partner in Business

Autumn Oak Speech, Voice, & Hearing

The experienced team at Autumn Oak Speech, Voice, and Hearing takes great pride in offering a comprehensive array of speech and hearing services to those living in and around Friendswood and Pearland, Texas. Whether you are ready to embark on the path toward better hearing or you could benefit from speech therapy, our highly trained staff is here to help.

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