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Sunday, June 21 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Social Justice and Suzuki Violin in Detroit

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Detroit Youth Volume is a free Suzuki violin program for youth from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. The pedagogy was first developed to bring beauty and joy into the lives of Japanese children who endured WWII. We will explore current-day similarities and nuances of low-income Detroit youth learning with the Suzuki education method, which too often is only accessible to economically privileged families. This session will include a performance, a presentation, and discussion.


Ashley Ardis

Detroit Youth Volume, Strong&Beautiful, Detroit Future Youth
Ashley Ardis is the sole Detroit Youth Volume violist. To open AMC 2012, she read work by Dream Hampton with her girls' group, Strong&Beautiful, and co-facilitated a workshop around alternatives to violence. Ashley enjoys promoting on Twitter. She is a Junior at Cristo Ray High School.

Peggie Cook

Peggie Cook is mother to many, not just those born to her. Two of her children and two nieces are violinists in Detroit Youth Volume, which makes her a “home violin teacher”, according to the Suzuki method. She is a member of a mothers support group, Capuchin Choir and Detroit Waldorf community.

Clara Hardie

Detroit Youth Volume, Strong&Beautiful girls group, Detroit Music Teachers Collective, Trumbullplex
Clara Hardin founded Detroit Youth Volume, a free Suzuki violin program for youth from Capuchin Soup Kitchen. She began playing violin at age 5 & studied Social Science Theory at college. Clara also facilitates singing/dancing with kindergarteners and a teen girls' support group, Strong&Beautiful.

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 213