HMP consists of three programs: the Summer Academy, Winter Workshop, and year-round lessons. The two-week Summer Academy enrolls sixty students and offers daily private lessons, ensemble rehearsals, music studies, and Navajo culture and language, culminating in several community performances. The Winter Workshop is a one-week program consisting of twenty students from the Summer Academy working towards community performances, both on and off the Navajo Nation. Students who demonstrate special interest are supported in year-round study with local instructors or virtually with HMP teaching artists. We are continuing to increase our year-round study opportunities for all students.


The 2020 & 2021 Heartbeat Music Project Summer Session and the 2020 Winter Session were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was a difficult one to make, but the safety of our students, teachers, and staff is our top priority. Our heartfelt gratitude to our Teaching Artists and Staff, who dedicated their time and energy preparing for these programs. Their commitment to providing tuition-free music education to Navajo youth is greatly appreciated! As soon as it is safe to do so, we will schedule our in-person programs. In the meantime, we continue our virtual and local individual lessons with our students.  - The Heartbeat Music Project Administration

The Heartbeat Music Project continues to support our family and friends on the Navajo Nation. Please checkout The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief, an organization worth supporting. Visit their website to read more about the current issues as well as how you can help the community.

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"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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