Thank you for loving the only free Suzuki violin program in Detroit, making Suzuki violin accessible to youth from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and putting our students in musical collaboration with local artists since 2010. You can enjoy more frequent updates from Detroit Youth Volume in the form of photos & videos:
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You are invited to DYV's annual solo recital April 15th at the St Charles Borromeo (FREE)
Join us at 5:30pm for the recital with piano accompaniment in the beautiful, golden lit sanctuary of the historic St Charles Borromeo. Afterward, enjoy the potluck afterglow in the basement and tour the DYV classrooms.
DYV began recording our hip hop violin album on March 18th. Joined by our Creative Production Consultant Tunde Olaniran, Jon Zott & Sterling Toles to record three Suzuki standard melodies. The older students are learning to build chords in order to write harmonies for our tracks. Watch a video of their progress here. Featured artists will be add beats, solos and harmonies in the coming months. Email us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org
About our Knight Arts Challenge project Our project celebrates, reflects and furthers what’s happening, and what’s been happening, in the City of Detroit. With a professionally recorded album, we will show the world how we've integrated internationally-loved Suzuki violin repertoire into our own Detroit jams. Over 20 youth, ages six to eighteen, from Capuchin Soup Kitchen receiving free violin lessons through DYV will record, produce and publicly perform our album in August 2016. Follow the process, JOIN OUR ALBUM PROJECT FB EVENT PAGE
DILLA Youth Day was a success!
In February at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, DYV celebrated Detroit's legendary J Dilla, who began playing violin at age 4.on his birthday and the 10th anniversary of his passing. Dilla is known as the Mozart of hip hop.
We collaborated w/ beat-maker Sterling Toles during the youth showcase and were even joined by a youth from an urban dance crew! Check out the video here.
Call for support from artists &
musicians of color In effort to nurture positive self identity and cultural critical consciousness in our students, Detroit Youth Volume is always looking for artists and musicians of color to visit a Detroit Youth Volume Group Class on a Monday or Friday night at St Charles Parish. We would love to have you play an inspirational piece or two for the youth and tell them about how you use music to build community and it has effected your life. You are welcome to play along with our Suzuki songs for the rest of the group class as well. Interested? Send us an email!
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Dreams of expansion and a permanent home
- There are over 20 families on the waiting list to join Detroit Youth Volume.
- The city of Detroit does not have a Suzuki music school that offers lessons in various instruments as so many others do around the world.
- Most children do not have music classes in school
One of the things we need in order to expand (in #s of students, teachers and instruments), is our own building in which a handful of classrooms are available every day of the week for private lessons and group classes. We also need a kitchen in order to continue our healthy snack program. An area to use as small auditorium would not hurt.
Perhaps if the perfect building is out there (maybe owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority?) DYV could make our dream real by securing funding from Art Place, Knight Cities and other investors. If you have ideas about space, funding or expansion, please email email@example.com