Detroit Youth Volume is creating a landmark Suzuki and Hip-Hop crossover album!
With your support, we will be pairing the students of DYV with local Detroit hip-hop artists to create a the world's first album fusing Suzuki violin pieces and hip-hop beats. This is an opportunity for the kids to engage with the professional recording process and see how their violins can be used in the modern music of Detroit. We hope that this will further their continued interest in playing violin, well into adulthood.
With the funding provided by this Kickstarter campaign, DYV will be able to record, mix, and master this hip-hop album professionally and pair the Detroit Youth Volume students with the finest talent in Detroit hip-hop.
The artists involved:
We've assembled a great roster of talent, including...
Detroit Youth Volume, violinists and album art co-designers
Sterling Toles, beat-maker, album co-producer, recording engineer
Stevie Soul, beat boxer
Nick Speed, beat-maker
Tunde Olaniran, album co-producer
Matthew Cross, recording engineer
The Teachers of Detroit Youth Volume:
Clara Hardie co-founded Detroit Youth Volume in 2010. She 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 School Book 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.
Ashley Nelson grew up in Detroit and is deeply connected with many strings programs and performing artists in the city. She is a wonderful, warm 29-year-old teacher and the daughter of musicians. Ashley is currently a student at Wayne State University as a Violin Performance major. She has 10 years of experience teaching in Detroit through Weekend School of Music, Strings at Wayne and Sphinx
Scott Murphy is new to town but here to stay. He is an energetic, sweet 26-year-old teacher who grew up in his mother's Suzuki studio and started his own at age 18. He has taught Private Lessons and Group Class since age 12. More recently in Brooklyn, Scott coached quartets and advanced adult students for 1-2 hour lessons
Jeff Harris, a dedicated, youthful Suzuki teacher, is joining us for his second year with Detroit Youth Volume. He has been playing violin since he was a little boy, the son of a Suzuki piano teacher. He has fond memories of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Jeff is also a snowboarding instructor, enjoys the outdoors and is earning his Masters in Architecture from the University of Detroit.
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 Capuchin Soup Kitchen youth, ages six to eighteen, who receive free violin lessons through DYV will record, produce, and publicly perform our album in the summer of 2016.
Detroit Youth Volume's Mission
We strive to allow our students access to all the benefits of Suzuki pedagogy by providing the resources and environment needed for success. We build a positive learning environment by using the transformative Suzuki education practices of repetition, review, listening, early beginning, ear-before-eye note reading, parent participation, and nurturing language. We encourage confidence, self-motivation, emotional expression, empathy for others, grit, and mastery.
Making Suzuki accessible means providing resources free-of-charge:
* semi-private & group lessons in a safe space
* quality instruments, rosin, strings & shoulder rests
* music books & Suzuki recordings for study
Risks and challenges
Recording an album is hard work, with many complicated steps. Fortunately, the students of Detroit Youth Volume have a team of experts on their side. All of the DYV teaching staff has professional recording experience and the collaborating team of Hip-Hop artists are the best in the business.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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