Clara Hardie

Violin Teacher

Clara Hardie

SAA Member


Detroit, MI
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I founded, direct & teach at a Suzuki program called Detroit Youth Volume for ages 3-18. Ashley Nelson, Scott Murphy & I teach tuition-paying students in addition to scholarship students who are recruited mainly from Capuchin Soup Kitchen on the east side of Detroit. Our students enjoy weekly private lesson & group classes (both are required) in the education wing of Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the Cass Corridor at 3711 Woodward Ave.

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). DYV students have released two Suzuki-themed albums (hip hop and jazz) following workshop series with local artists in genres special to Detroit. Learn more about our past and currect “Special Projects” here

Beatz & Stringz music video:
Jazz Violin “The Detroit Way” video:

One of my students was featured on the cover of the America Suzuki Journal in Winter 2017. The article was called “Detroit Youth Volume—Interview with Founder Clara Hardie” by Dan Browning. Read it here:


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 serves on the DYV Board.

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.

[updated January 2018]