Nurturing beautiful humanity & talent in Detroit youth
Detroit Youth Volume teaches youth ages 3-18 to play violin and viola using the world-class Suzuki method through weekly private and group lessons. Classes are held during the school year in Detroit Symphony Orchestra's education wing on Woodward Ave, and camps are encouraged or facilitated during the summers. The Suzuki approach nurtures students' ability to persevere, be creative, embrace hope, and to collaborate and empathize with others.
This project is a collaboration between 40 students and over 30 families from throughout Detroit, 4 Suzuki-trained violin teachers, various local musicians and countless community supporters. Each child's progress in Suzuki violin education relies on a strong Suzuki Triangle; trusting relationships between teacher, student & parent must exist. To support DYV's effort to raise critical consciousness in our students, local DYV performance opportunities put students in concert with local artists-of-color who are using art to build community and effect social change. Broader 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 recent projects with artists such as Sterling Toles, Nick Speed, Stevie Soul and more.
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.