Vision

Every child has an instrument and every instrument has a home.

Mission

We are committed to empowering the youth of NW Goldberg with tools to inspire a connection to their voices and the rich history of the area through the exploration of music, songwriting, and a celebration of community.


 

  • House an Instrument Library where neighborhood youth can explore a variety of musical instruments and choose one to begin learning on

  • Offer musical instruction on a variety of instruments with local working musicians.

  • Provide space for lessons, recitals, and music-based workshops.

  • Pair working Detroit-based songwriters with neighborhood youth to explore and develop their skills as songwriters.

  • As a part of musical instruction, there will be a partnership forged between youth, working songwriters, and area elders in an effort to create new relationships between youth and the neighborhood’s history, between youth and artist, and between youth and elder.



DHoM will open its doors as a community gathering space dedicated to inspiring youth through music education. With a focus on preserving the history of the neighborhood and the values and traditions of its people, youth will learn to interview their elders, collect their stories, and recount them through song. The programs will teach youth to perform and record the resulting work with professional recording equipment, concluded with a series of local and traveling recitals that showcase the work.

Through a mentorship with professional Detroit-based songwriters, youth will transcribe the stories they’ve collected into song. Participants will have access to free music lessons and an instrument library. The library, comprised of donated and restored instruments, will allow students to check out instruments and enter into a “lesson to own” program. Through dedication to learning, each student will have an opportunity to own their own instrument. 

Local, national, and international musicians and poets will perform at DHoM, exposing students and residents to music from around the world. Additionally, a partnership with the Chalfonte Foundation will provide supplemental activities such as the Chalfonte Cultural Fellowship. This fellowship promotes and fosters cultural enrichment by providing local youth the opportunity for regular visits to museums such as the Motown Museum, African American Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts and concert halls such as Orchestra Hall, Detroit Opera House, Music Hall and other independent galleries, museums and music venues.