About Us

History...   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.

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

Our Mission...   To provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and to inspire community through music and the arts. 

Our Vision...   Headwaters strives to contribute outstanding music and art education as well as comprehensive programming and performance opportunities to our broad community.

Our Values...

Inclusion & Diversity - No one misses out. We value access to the arts for all, and strive to create an environment in which the arts and arts education is accessible to all.

Empowerment - Dreams come true here. We value our role as a caring, fun-loving and nurturing place to learn, teach, and grow.

Creativity & Innovation - We imagine the possibilities. We meet the art and music needs of the community. We are committed to developing diverse funding sources to transform the imagined into reality.

Collaboration & Community Building - We are stronger together. We value relationships within our Headwaters family, with other arts organizations, and among our friends in the greater Bemidji community.