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DYV violin & viola students ages 3-18 are making an album with six local musicians, recorded live at the public library!
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WE'RE RAISING FUNDS FOR making an album called DETROIT VOICES recorded live at the public library by Detroit Youth Volume violin students ages 3-18 and six local musicians.

Our 2019 album-culminating workshop series is happening now. Violin students ages 3-18 are working collaboratively on the album tracks led by six Detroit vocalists.  Our young people are putting words to their favorite classical Suzuki songs! Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to keep updated.

The album tracks will be unveiled and recorded live on May 11th at the Detroit Public Library in the Children’s Library. Each teaching artist will also gift the audience/world with a song of their own. Then we’ll eat snacks.

The costs to complete this project are:

  • recording, mixing and mastering the May 11th show
  • album art design and printing
  • 25 songwriting workshops
  • project coordination 
  • classroom materials

DETROIT VOICES IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE it's our FOURTH year running an album-culminating workshops series. Past years have celebrated other Detroit-centric genres; we made a hip hop, jazz, and electronic music album. 

Doing this annually is one of the most important pieces of our education approach. These 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). They diversify their musical knowledge while gaining a fuller appreciate of our city’s incredible heritage. ​

Producer/songwriter Darrel Campbell working with Ashanti during a workshop in April. Photo: Brandon Parker
Producer/songwriter Darrel Campbell working with Ashanti during a workshop in April. Photo: Brandon Parker

OUR TEACHING ARTISTS ARE 

  • producer Darrel Campbell Jr, 
  • early childhood music teacher Clara Hardie, 
  • trumpeter Kris Johnson, 
  • emcee Walter Lacey III, 
  • songwriter Rebecca Rosen, 
  • and beatboxer Stevie Soul.  

Read more about each artist on our website.

Violin student Ryan W. has been able to participate in four album projects so far with Detroit Youth Volume. Photo: Destiny James
Violin student Ryan W. has been able to participate in four album projects so far with Detroit Youth Volume. Photo: Destiny James

DETROIT YOUTH VOLUME teaches youth ages 3-18 to play violin and viola using the world-class Suzuki method to nurture students' ability to persevere, be creative, embrace hope, and to collaborate and empathize with others.

​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 Album Collabs from past years resulting in albums celebrating hip hop, jazz & techno.

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 and group lessons run October through June and include three annual performances including a Winter art show, Spring solo recital and Summer album release party.

Hear an interview with DYV founder and DETROIT VOICES teaching artist, Clara Hardie, here.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is overcoming transportation issues of our students who live all over Detroit. We have built in the cost of giving gas gift cards to students' parents so they can get the young people to the awesome workshops and the special show we have planned in April and May.

If we don't meet our Kickstarter goal, we won't be able to pay one of the teaching artists to mix and master the tracks that we record at the show on May 11th.

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    Bandcamp link to album

    Listen to our album FREE on our Bandcamp page. BONUS: Access our previously-released hip hop, jazz, and electronic music albums too!

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    Enjoy an eCard of the DETROIT VOICES show poster signed by all the kids & teaching artists sent straight to your inbox!

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