Teaching youth ages 3-18 to play violin using the world-class Suzuki method & social justice pedagogies to nurture creativity, resilience, collaboration & higher-order thinking skills.
Striving to function as an anti-racist, pro-Black organization, both as a community of people and a non-profit, through our practices inside and outside of the classroom.
Collaborating with local artists as guest instructors to develop positive cultural identities in our students as Detroiters and as youth of color (applicable to 65% of our kids). Check out our Special Projects from past years resulting in albums celebrating hip hop, jazz, techno, and Detroit Voices.
Making quality arts education accessible to low-income families, especially youth from Capuchin Soup Kitchen, since 2010. Paying and scholarship students alike receive the same excellent music education.
Providing weekly private lessons & monthly group classes online through 2020. 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.
With our first Zoom events in August 2020, the Youth Volume Think Tank was establish 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