Growing Equitable Music Studios
Jan 4Feb 26, 2021 in Detroit, MI
at Youth Volume


Growing Equitable Music Studios

Instructor: Clara Hardie,

Event Contact & Sign up

Email: [javascript protected email address]
Phone: 313-451-1138

Additional Schedule Information

  • Week 1 Studio Culture: Monday 1/4 + Friday 1/8 1:30-3:30pm EST
  • Week 2 Studio Diversity: Monday 1/11 + Friday 1/15 1:30-3:30pm EST
  • MLK DAY WEEK—NO CLASS 1/18 or 1/22
  • Week 3 Studio Access: Monday 1/25 + Friday 1/29 1:30-3:30pm EST
  • Week 4 Studio Inclusion: Monday 2/1 + Friday 2/5 1:30-3:30pm EST
  • Week 5 Equity Pedagogy: Monday 2/8 + Friday 2/12 1:30-3:30pm EST
  • SPRING BREAK—NO CLASS 2/15 or 2/19
  • Week 6 Graduation Week: Monday 2/22 + Friday 2/26 1:30-3:30pm EST

Event Description

SAA membership and registration of ECC and Unit One (any instrument) are prerequisites.

Growing Equitable Music Studios (GEMS)

A Course of Action for studio music teachers who believe every child can change the world. 
Expand studio diversity, access and inclusion while nurturing students as changemakers. Learn to personalize and begin reaching towards the Five Stars of Growing Equitable Music Studios:

  • Clarify Studio Culture that embodies your dream for social change. Envision an equitable studio environment for yourself, your students, their parents & studio collaborators to practice living in the world we want now. 

  • Grow Diversity by partnering with community youth organizations to curate a mixed-income, multicultural classroom. 

  • Expand Access to private lessons. Begin by creating a sustainable grassroots fundraising plan that will annually refresh your financial aid fund for a minimum of one or two students’ full tuition.

  • Elevate Inclusion by working interdependently with students, parents and local artists. Draw inspiration from the social justice organizing principles of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown.

  • Employ Equity Pedagogy that intentionally nurtures students’ essential skills for changemaking such as resilience, innovation, collaboration, & Higher Order Thinking Skills.

GEMS participants will engage with this Course of Action in two ways:- During 6-weeks of online coaching sessions Monday and Friday afternoons 1:30-3:30p EST, except holidays. 

  • Outside of virtual class & following course completion as our studios continuously evolve around the Five Stars of Growing Equitable Music Studios. Collectively, we aspire to expand access to private lessons for 100 youth by the end of 2021. 

Each lesson will be driven by a CAR: Concept, Action, and Results. On Mondays, GEMS participants will be presented with an overarching concept and be invited to take specific actions. Case studies and templates from Detroit Youth Volume will be provided as inspirational tools. Friday classes will consist of individual check ins, personalized coaching and peer mentorship around each studio’s plans and progress.

During the last Friday of the course, GEMS participants will take turns presenting their work to each other and our broader community using the virtual platform of the Youth Volume Think Tank, designed to “recenter social justice from the margins to the heart of music education” and to generate “practical solutions for individual music teachers to nurture their studios with diversity, equity and inclusion ASAP”.

Course Coach Clara Hardie is the Founding director & lead violin teacher of Detroit Youth Volume (DYV), an El Sistema-inspired Suzuki violin studio that began at a soup kitchen in 2010. DYV is the original lab school of the GEMS Five Stars ideas. Clara created the GEMS Course of Action and Youth Volume Think Tank as ways to share DYV lessons-learned and unite music teachers with common purpose.

Enrollment and Cost

The GEMS Course of Action will be offered four times in 2021. A max of ten participants will be welcomed as GEMS for each six-week course. Four unstoppable cohorts of justice-loving music teachers will emerge!

Enrollment is done during phone consultations with course coach Clara Hardie to ensure applicants are a good fit and to assess any need for financial aid. Weekday 30-minute consultations between 1:30-3:30p EST can be booked by emailing [javascript protected email address].

$1,088 is the full cost of one GEMS Course of Action for one participant. Requests for payment plans and financial aid are welcome.

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Trainer Information

Clara Hardie

Clara’s teaching goal is to nurture beautiful humanity and beautiful talent. She founded & directs a Suzuki program called Detroit Youth Volume. In additional to classical training, DYV brings in local & visiting artists for special Detroit-centric music workshops. These collaborations develop positive cultural identities in her students as Detroiters and as youth of color (applicable to 70% of DYV).


Monday, January 4 to Friday, February 26, , 2021


This event will be held online.

Youth Volume

2931 Poplar
Detroit MI 48208

Phone: 313-451-1138
[javascript protected email address]

More Info & Contact


Clara Hardie

Phone: 906-201-0915
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