Hello! Detroit Youth Volume is
Youth ages 3-18 learning to play violin using the world-class Suzuki method & social justice pedagogies to nurture creativity, resilience, collaboration & higher-order thinking skills.
Striving towards racial and economic justice, both as a community of people and a non-profit, through our practices inside and outside of the classroom.
Engaging in Place-based Music Celebrations by collaborating with local artists as guest instructors during workshops, performances and album releases. Studying genres with historical significance to our city such as hip hop, jazz, techno and more! Developing positive cultural identities in our students as Detroiters, and as black, Indigenous & youth of color (applicable to 65% of our kids).
Making quality arts education accessible to low-income families, especially youth from Capuchin Soup Kitchen, since 2010. Paying and scholarship students alike engage in weekly private lessons (with a nice instrument they can take home for practicing), group classes, and community-building performances.
Physical studio is within the Cathedral Church of St Paul building in the Cass Corridor arts district of Detroit. Shared office is Allied Media Projects address on Third Street.
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"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” ~Shinichi Suzuki