DYV teaches youth ages 3-18 to play violin using the world-class Suzuki method & social justice pedagogies to nurture students' creativity, perseverance, collaborative skills & empathy for others.
Both as a community of people and a non-profit, we strive to function as an anti-racist, pro-Black organization through our practices inside and outside of the classroom.
Collaborations with local artists as guest instructors develop positive cultural identities in our students as Detroiters and as youth of color (applicable to 70% of our kids). Check out our Special Projects from past years resulting in albums celebrating hip hop, jazz, techno, and Detroit Voices.
Since 2010, DYV has made quality arts education free & accessible to low-income families, especially youth from Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Paying and scholarship students alike receive the same excellent music education.
Weekly private lessons & monthly group classes are located in the Cathedral Church of St Paul 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201. Our season runs October through June and includes a Spring recital.
Suzuki Social Justice THINK TANK & Youth Volume TEACHER TRAINING
Giving brilliant music teachers the tools they need to change the world! Recentering social justice, from the margins to the heart of Suzuki music education.
With our first Zoom events in August 2020, the Suzuki Social Justice Think Tank (SSJTT) will establish itself as an independent think tank offering practical solutions for individual Suzuki teachers (& beyond!) to nurture diversity, equity and inclusion ASAP in their own studios. Why wait?
Detroit Youth Volume's co-founder & Director, Clara Hardie, will present her first online Youth Volume Teacher Training in January 2021. She's been teaching & running a violin studio that began in a Detroit soup kitchen for a decade. Clara has created a framework of social justice teaching & studio practices that can be used by trained Suzuki teachers and beyond.
Click the "Learn more!" button so Clara can share any new developments with you by email. She's also using her Facebook/Instagram accounts to communicate. Prospective students will be scheduled for phone calls in the Fall to receive additional course information and get registered!
Clara hopes to provide financial aid to half of the first Youth Volume class of teachers. Her goal is to train at least 50 people in January as Dr Suzuki did in the 1960s; one teacher from every state was given a full scholarship!
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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