Clara Hardie

Violin Teacher, Parent, Administrator

Clara Hardie

SAA Member


Detroit, MI
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I founded & direct Detroit Youth Volume, a community-based organization providing music education that is accessible, equitable, and relevant to our city since 2010. We utilize the Suzuki Method to nurture students’ abilities for resilience, innovation, collaboration, and higher-order-thinking skills. Our sliding scale tuition covers group classes, private lessons, high-quality instruments, special workshops with local musicians from Detroit-centric genres, a Spring solo recital, community performances, and more! Visit for additional info.

In person lessons & group classes happen within a sunny classroom of Cathedral Church of St Paul. They are taught by DYV grad, Suzuki teacher, and singer-songwriter Ashanti Norwood. The Public Library, Detroit Institute of Art, Science Center & Charles Wright Museum are all across the street! We love being in the Cass Corridor neighborhood where Detroit artists have been creating for many years.

In July 2022, I moved to Marquette, MI. I teach the majority of my students virtually on Zoom since they live in Detroit. A larger organization called Michigan Youth Volume is taking shape! It includes creative collaboration between youth and adult musicians from Detroit and Marquette, the two largest cities in the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan.

In January 2021, I began officially coaching other music teachers who believe every child can change the world. The "Growing Equitable Music Studios" Course of Action and Youth Volume Think Tank are ways to share DYV lessons-learned and unite music teachers with common purpose.

As a community of people and an organization, Youth Volume strives to function as an anti-racist, pro-Black organization. Inside and outside of the classroom, we practice what we learn in our daily lives and in training such as an Undoing Racism with People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. We are subverting the dominant paradigms of “white supremacist patriarchal capitalism”, to quote bell hooks. Our organization is queer-owned and operated.


My teaching goal is to nurture beautiful humanity and beautiful talent. I began teaching Suzuki violin in 2010. I have worked with youth of all ages for more then ten years teaching, mentoring, tutoring and doing art therapy.

My teacher trainer for Suzuki Books 1-6 was Mark Mutter, Director Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music. He helped me start Detroit Youth Volume!

I studied Social Science Theory at the University of Michigan Residential College in Ann Arbor, moving to Detroit in 2006. I’ve been a Suzuki kid since age 5 when I started lessons in Marquette, where I was born. I went to Blue Lake Fine Arts and Stevens Point many summers of my childhood and traveled to Europe with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra when I was 16. I’ve also played electric violin in indy bands and on a few of my friends’ albums.

I’ve been a facilitator of parent-child Music Together classes for ages 0-5. With the Music Together curriculum & pedagogy, I also taught kindergarten & 1st grade classes at local elementary schools. I substituted at Detroit Waldorf School in Music with grades 3-8 and in the Early Childhood and Parent/Tot classes for a handful of years.

I utilize two years of training with Allied Media Projects for community educators during which I learned to use transformative practices that develop higher order thinking skills and nurture essential human skills. You can read more about that on the DYV website under About / Teaching Approach.

DYV teachers & I attended an adult intensive week at Creative Strings workshop in Ohio with famed jazz violinists Christian Howes and his amazing faculty in Summer 2017. This experience also factors in to the DYV curriculum and pedagogy.


Beatz & Stringz music video:

Jazz Violin "The Detroit Way" video:

These videos illustrate what happens during local musician collabs.

"Detroit Youth Volume—Interview with Founder Clara Hardie" by Dan Browning. Read it here: One of my students was featured on the cover of the American Suzuki Journal in Winter 2017!

SAA’s Building Noble Hearts Podcast in 2018 for Season 2, Episode 4: Myself, DYV teacher Ashley Nelson, and DYV co-founder Mark Muteer were interviewed.

[updated July 2022]