In September of 1992, Headwaters Music & Arts opened in Bemidji, offering private music lessons with 7 teachers for 72 students. In 1997, our organization purchased the current location at 519 Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji and we became a full-service community school of the arts. Because of incredible community support in the form of time, materials, expert advice, and monetary gifts, the building is now a place to experience a wide variety of arts activities ranging from orchestra concerts and children’s productions to clay, mural painting, and other fine arts.

We offer a full schedule of private lessons, group classes, and workshops in a variety of art and music disciplines. Classes are designed to enrich the arts education of school children and to unlock the creative potential of teens and adults. Both the experienced artist and the enthusiastic novice will find exciting opportunities at Headwaters Music & Arts.

Headwaters Music & Arts is a private non-profit school with a 501(c)3 charitable organization designation. We are supported not only through tuition from our programs, but also through grants from various arts organizations and agencies, and memberships and contributions from the community. Headwaters Music & Arts is committed to offering arts access for everyone, and financial aid programs are available.


We welcome you to contact us and join our family of talented individuals, eager students, and appreciators of the fine arts.

Headwaters School of Music & Arts offers accessible space for both our private classes and our public performances.

Engage and Celebrate the Arts...

Headwaters Music & Arts was formed to enrich the lives of individuals by offering exceptional music and art education programs. The school provides a welcoming and positive atmosphere, which nurtures its students’ commitment to music and art.

Headwaters Music & Arts is an independent non-profit organization serving Bemidji and the surrounding area. Our mission is to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and to inspire community through music and the arts.

Our vision is to contribute outstanding music and art education as well as comprehensive programming and performance opportunities to our broad community base. We offer quality private instruction tailored to the needs of individuals of all ages and will continue to adapt our course offerings to enhance the community and encourage new participation.