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Detroit Youth Volume

 Detroit Youth Volume Story

How We Got Started

DYV teaches 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. The Suzuki approach nurtures 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 the hip hop violin album released in 2016 & our 2017 Jazz Violin "The Detroit Way" workshop series.

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.


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 in our students confidence, self-motivation, emotional expression, empathy for others, grit and mastery.


We work upon a foundation of trusting, close relationships within the Suzuki Triangle of teacher, student, and parent. Making a quality music education accessible to everyone means providing the following to all of our students, whether they pay tuition or enjoy a scholarship:

  • weekly private & group lessons in the world-class Suzuki method in a safe place (Detroit Symphony Orchestra's education wing)
  • quality instruments, rosin, strings, shoulder rests, music stands
  • music books & Suzuki recordings
  • transportation support as needed
  • performance outfits
  • healthy snacks
  • free tickets to quality local performances
  • summer violin camp
  • workshops with Detroit musicians as guest instructors
  • community performance opportunities & Spring solo recital​

These resources are provided with support from Our Community. To become a contributor, click here.