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Our Mission: To bridge the gap in traditional education by introducing at-risk and underprivileged youth to the benefits of music and dance education.


HBMPAA attracts students with its HBCU foundation and exposure. Whether your child joins us for our Preschool 4 The Arts Program or our After School Marching Band Program, the foundation of what they will learn here will be taught through music and dance education. Each student is taught to not only perform but the foundations such as reading music or body movement, building confidence and self-discipline.

A Message From Our CEO

Tyra Hawthorne

I am so honored to be able to provide Music & Dance Education to communities.  Research shows the impact music and dance education has on Math, English, and graduation rates. My objective with Heartbeat Music & Performing Arts Academy is to bridge gaps in traditional education by introducing youth to the benefits of music.  I have experienced firsthand how music can change the course of your life.

As a former Grambling State University Marching Band Member, I have been exposed to many experiences that many people can only dream of. If I can do that for just one child, I am blessed. So far, the students of HBMPAA have been in nationally televised parades, television commercials and network shows. Our dancers have been afforded the opportunity to train and dance with the great Debbie Allen in her annual holiday live show, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.  

We are far from being done here at Heartbeat. So I look forward to engaging with you as you follow our journey.

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Tiffany Forrest

Director of Human Resources

Hannah Tolksdorf

Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the CEO

Talia Miller

Director of Business Operations


Meet The Heartbeat Family! 


Arshauna Candler

Marketing & PR Manager

Ruth Aguila Gonzalez

Regional Family Services Manager (San Diego)

Ellee Chavez

Regional Family Services (Riverside)


Pedro Flores Moreno

Food Services Manager


Sharifa Osman

Lead Site Supervisor (San Diego)


Lori Honore

Site Supervisor (Escondido)


Lindi Pack

Site Supervisor (Perris)

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