Clara Hardie

Violin Teacher, Parent, Administrator

Clara Hardie

SAA Member


Detroit, MI
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I founded & direct Detroit Youth Volume, a non-profit organization providing music education that is accessible, equitable, and relevant to our city since 2010. We utilize the Suzuki Method to nurture students’ abilities to persevere, be creative, embrace hope, collaborate, and empathize with others. Our sliding scale tuition covers group classes, private lessons, high-quality instruments, special workshops with local musicians from Detroit-centric genres, concerts, community performances and more! Visit for additional info.

Lessons & group classes happen within a sunny classroom of Cathedral Church of St Paul. The Public Library, Detroit Institute of Art, Science Center & Charles Wright Museum are all across the street! I love being in the Cass Corridor neighborhood where Detroit artists have been creating for many years.


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 and remains a close personal mentor.

I went to college for Social Science Theory at the University of Michigan 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.

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

Detroit Youth Volume also strives to function as an anti-racist, pro-Black organization. Board members, parents and teachers attended an Undoing Racism training with People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in July 2017.


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 August 2019]