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Detroit Youth Volume is a free after-school Suzuki violin program whose students are ready to record a hip-hop violin album
85 backers pledged $6,432 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Project Goals:

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

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

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

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

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. ​

Project Purpose

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.

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    A huge THANK YOU! Everyone pledging $1 or more will be listed on the Detroit Youth Volume website. Our program cannot function without your support!

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    A digital download of the Detroit Youth Volume album. For $10 you will get a digital copy of Detroit Youth Volume's debut hip-hop violin recording!

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    A personal thank you card! The Detroit Youth Volume students will sign a thank you card, in which you will find a digital download of the album.

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    Ticket to a show! This Spring we will be hosting a small house show in which Detroit Youth Volume students and staff perform, and you're invited as our guest! This perk also comes with a digital download.

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    A screen-printed poster! This reward will get you a genuine piece of Detroit poster art - a locally screen-printed Detroit Youth Volume poster! This will be a limited edition of 100, so grab one today!
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    Invitation to join us for group. Detroit Youth Volume holds group class every Monday and Friday. Group is an integral part of the Suzuki tradition, in which students of all ages and skill levels play along together, enhancing their listening abilities. If you want to check out how group class works, check out this reward! If you're a former/current Suzuki kid and want to play along with us, you're welcome to join in!
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    A lesson with Mr. Scott.
    Scott Murphy is a teacher with Detroit Youth volume. He will provide you with a violin lesson, either in-person in Detroit, or online via Skype!
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Funding period

- (30 days)