Our Music Therapists

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Maria Beltran, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Maria received a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University and completed her internship at Richardson ISD. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. She practiced music therapy with adults with disabilities and older adults after receiving her certification. She trained in the KidLinks TME program and has been serving as TME performer at Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano, as well as leading a Therapeutic Music and Movement program at Klyde Warren Park. She is now providing clinical music therapy services through KidLinks. She is very passionate about the KidLinks’ mission and is excited to continue sharing it with the community!

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Sara Chigani, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Sara received a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and a Master’s of Arts Equivalency Degree in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and a member of The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Sara completed a rigorous Music Therapy internship at Children’s Medical Center – Dallas and has clinical music therapy experience ranging from neonatal to end of life. She collaboratively began the Music Therapy Program at Baylor University Medical Center – Dallas, where she worked with both inpatient and outpatient populations. Sara provides music therapy services as the J.W. Brown Music Therapist-in-Residence at SMU and serves as KidLinks' Music Therapy Content Coordinator – developing new resources for both families and music therapy professionals – available for streaming, 24-7, free of charge on KidLinks.org.

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Debbie Dacus, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Debbie received her B. S. and M. A. degrees in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Debbie has served a variety of faculty positions at TWU throughout the years-most recently as Clinical Training Coordinator. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a member of The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Since 1987, she has enjoyed a private practice at her home studio, and for 25+ years, Debbie provided contract music therapy services to area school districts. Debbie has facilitated in-services and workshops throughout the U.S. She has continued the tradition of her music therapy predecessors by cultivating new job opportunities for music therapists, establishing new music therapy programs, and expanding established programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.

Debbie has authored or co-authored several music therapy resources. She was the recipient of the Harmony Award in the area of Clinical Practice from the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in 2008, given to recognize excellence in an area of music therapy service.

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Gina G. Glidewell, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Gina received a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is Board-Certified and a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Gina also has completed a comprehensive Child Life Internship at Cook Children’s Medical Center as well as an extensive Music Therapy Internship with the Arlington, Texas Independent School District. She has worked for several school districts, including Crowley ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, and Northwest ISD. Gina is currently employed full-time as a Board-Certified Music Therapist by Arlington ISD, and has worked with KidLinks for 15 years promoting their mission and serving kids. She is a talented singer/songwriter and an accomplished performer, who has enjoyed 20-plus years playing and singing. You can find her tunes on all streaming platforms.

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Cora Lansdowne, MME, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Cora earned her Bachelor of Music in Applied Flute from Baylor University and continued her education at the University of Kansas, earning a Masters of Music Education/Music Therapy Endorsement and completed her Music Therapy Internship at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner, Kansas. Cora is a Board Certified Music Therapist, a long-time member of the American Music Therapy Association, and has been practicing music therapy for 20 years. In the spring of 2024, Cora completed her Graduate Certificate in the Essentials of Public Health through the University of Kansas. Cora also has Music Together Certifications for Music Together Within Therapy and Music Together in Schools.


Cora especially enjoys working with young children and their families/caregivers to use music as a means to bond and communicate.  In addition to providing clinical music therapy services through KidLinks, Cora trained in the KidLinks TME program and was a volunteer TME performer at Cook Children’s for several years.

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Tonya Lincoln, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Tonya Lincoln received her BA in Music from Henderson State University in Arkansas, her MA in Music Therapy from Texas Woman's University, and Level 1 Guided Imagery and Music from the Atlantis Center for Consciousness and Music. After completing her internship at the Denton State Supported Living Center and passing the certification exam, she provided music therapy services for several years in clinics, schools, senior care facilities, and private homes. In 2012, after earning Texas teaching certifications for EC-6 General and EC-12 Music, she taught in a charter school for 4 years. While she enjoyed this, she recognized her passion is music therapy and returned in 2017. When not working or spending time with family, she also enjoys performing with her children's act, The Musical Storytime Puppet Show. She's very excited to be a part of the KidLinks music therapy team.