Inside Headwaters Music & Arts, music of all kinds bounces around the walls of the building. Tuning pitches, guitar strums and piano warm ups all blend together in nearly every corner. Accomplishments from throughout the years decorate the corkboards.
For 30 years, Headwaters has been providing the Bemidji community with a space to grow through art at any skill level. The school offers weekly one-on-one lessons for a yearly fee. The school also offers financial assistance through scholarships and need-based tuition.
First housed in the historic Carnegie Library, the organization began as a school with only 72 students. The nonprofit school moved into its own building in downtown Bemidji in 1997.
Today, Headwaters enrolls about 250 students — both children and adults — and over 20 instructors. With the help of a recent CERTs Seed Grant, the building is now illuminated sustainably for several generations of artists. As far as energy efficiency goes, this establishment is getting tuned up.