Detroit Youth Volume

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Founded on July 54, 2010, by Clara Hardie, the organization's program director, Detroit Youth Volume the only program in the city to offer no-cost lessons to youth ages 3-18 to play violin and viola using the world-class Suzuki method through weekly private and group lessons in Detroit Symphony Orchestra's education wing at 3711 Woodward Ave 48201.

Every child receives a weekly private lesson (30-45 minutes) and a group class (45 minutes) from October through June. DYV a non profit is funded almost entirely by individual donors, small grants and supported by thir fiduciary, Allied Media Projects.

Participating Detroit children also get instruments at no cost, and parents even get gas cards to ease the strain of getting their kids to class.

Special Projects

​Collaborations with local artists as guest instructors during special projects develop positive cultural identities in our students as Detroiters and as youth of color (applicable to 70% of our kids).


Clara Hardie

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lara Hardie teaches private lessons & group classes with DYV. She co-founded the organization in 2010 with her teacher trainer and Suzuki Royal Oak Director Mark Mutter. Clara grew up in Marquette, playing Suzuki violin from age 5 and traveling to Europe with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony at age 16. Clara is trained to teach Suzuki Violin Books 1-6. She attended University of Michigan to earn a BA in Social Science Theory, education she applies daily in her work teaching and directing DYV. Clara is passionate about promoting DYV nationally as a social justice Suzuki studio model.


Ashley Nelson

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Ashley Nelson teaches private lessons & group classes with DYV. She grew up in Detroit and is deeply connected with many strings programs and performing artists in the city. Ashley is a wonderful, warm teacher and the daughter of musicians. Ashley is trained to teach Suzuki Violin Books 1-2. She graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Violin Performance. Ashley has 10 years of experience teaching in Detroit through Weekend School of Music, Community Music School, Crescendo Detroit and Sphinx.


Scott Murphy

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Scott Murphy teaches our advanced group class, guiding them in composition, music theory and how to become artists. He grew up in his mother's Suzuki studio in Colorado. Scott studied intensively for three years with Grammy-winning violinist Eric Levine.​ Scott was once written up in the Gothamist as the best street performer in New York City while living in Brooklyn! His current night job is Tangent Gallery's sound engineer. Scott is also a frequent local performer with various bands and solo projects, and a maker of electronic music.



Detroit Youth Volume
c/o Allied Media Projects
4126 Third St.
Detroit, MI 48201

Phone: 313-556-1834

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