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Students learn the heartbeat of music, mathematics
Farmington Daily Times
June 20, 2016
The distinctive sounds of violins will travel through Navajo Technical University this week during a workshop for children that integrates music and math...
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Learning and Growing With Navajo Students
The Juilliard Journal
November 2016
We had no idea how much the workshop we facilitated would mean to us in every regard: artistically, pedagogically, and as human beings. We were challenged, our horizons broadened, and our perspectives shifted. We came away filled with gratitude and excitement to pursue an even greater iteration next summer...
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Four Gifted Young Musicians Aim To Effect Change Through Community-Focused Projects
The Record: Music News from NPR
May 31, 2017
Every week, a small group of young people step up to a microphone and play, their music broadcast to hundreds of thousands of listeners across America on NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley. For those of us who may have dabbled in orchestra or band as kids, the level of mastery achieved by these young musicians can seem superhuman. And, when the show is over, most heave a sigh of relief, not realizing that From the Top has more in store for them — they are about to be asked what can only be described as a "very big question." It is: Who do you aspire to be as an artist and a leader? How can you take action now to make a difference beyond the concert hall?...
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Violinist Ariel Horowitz receives 2018 Alumni Leadership Grant
From The Top (NPR)
Apr 23, 2018
21-year-old violinist Ariel Horowitz founded the Heartbeat Project, which helps fulfill a need for music education in the Navajo (Diné) Nation. Horowitz, who received Alumni Leadership Grant funding in 2017, appeared on NPR’s From the Top in 2012, at the age of 16. Ariel graduated from the Juilliard School in May, and is a current student of Ani Kavafian at the Yale School of Music as a recipient of the Julia Havemeyer Scholarship and Fellowship...
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The Heartbeat Project Finds Its Rhythm at the Third Annual NTU Summer Camp
Native News Online
June 6, 2018
For the past week Navajo Technical University has served as a musical haven for aspiring musicians as eight teaching artists from The Julliard School, Yale University, the University of Miami, and the University of Michigan conducted a music and math camp for regional K-12 students. This is the third year in a row the two-week Heartbeat Project camp has been hosted at NTU and it has grown exponentially each year...
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At the Heart of The Heartbeat Project: A Q&A with Staff Supporters from Navajo Technical University
Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage
November 26, 2018
Based at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico, The Heartbeat Project brings Western classical music instruction to youth on the Navajo (Diné) Reservation. What began in 2015 with a phone call to Juilliard student Ariel Horowitz is now a burgeoning cooperative program facilitated by present and former music conservatory students, supported by professors, parents, and guest musicians. In 2018, Heartbeat marked its third annual summer workshop...
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Healing with Heartbeat: Music Education in the Navajo Nation
Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage
November 26, 2018
It is right before the final student concert at Navajo Technical University, and Keeva taps me on my arm. She is eight years old.

“Miss Ariel!” she whispers. She points to the violin case in her hand, and I know she wants to squeeze in just one more round of practice before she performs. I glance around.

As the director of The Heartbeat Project, I’m responsible for seven teaching artists and fifty-five campers, aged five to twenty-two, here in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Everyone in the hogan (traditional Navajo home) is busy setting up instruments, greeting parents and grandparents and sisters and brothers and aunts and uncles who have come to celebrate the accomplishments of the students on this warm summer afternoon. It is a happy pandemonium...
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