about us
The Heartbeat Music Project offers music education for Navajo (Diné) K-12 students living on the Navajo Reservation. We cultivate a safe space for our students to thrive and gain confidence in themselves, their abilities, and their local and global potential. We strive to create an atmosphere of cultural exchange in which we acknowledge the impact of past and present colonialism on indigenous peoples; respectfully engaging with Diné music, cultures and customs. Today, Heartbeat operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Roadwork, Inc — a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1978 with the mission of building multi-racial coalitions through women’s culture.
"The Heartbeat Music Project means so much to my son and I. I've seen Dregon's sense of pride and confidence grow through this program. The Heartbeat Music Project has helped him break down his walls as he learned to play the violin. This program has helped him open his eyes and heart, knowing that if he puts his mind to it he can achieve anything! Heartbeat was built around passionate and talented musicians, who help our kids grown through music and a combination of fun activities such as dancing, storytelling, and drama lessons which help our children learn educational approach through music."

Tasheena Nelson, parent
"Heartbeat has therapeutic ultrasound, instrumentally with expressions and singing is all considered medicine. The power and energy in the music medicine is a greater healing of all parts of human life. A connection with sacred elements is expressed in these songs and instruments is what Heartbeat has."

Emerson John, Cultural Liaison Specialist at Health Promotion, Disease Prevention at Fort Defiance Indian Health Board

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