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Our Mission: Inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders.

Key to change empowers communities by working alongside students, teachers, parents, and guardians to build consensus, meet teacher needs, and create a holistic environment where students can flourish. Key to Change removes the barrier to entry for low-income students and students of color with an inclusive approach that helps build trust and connection. By offering excellent music instruction below the market rate, Key to Change extends the benefits of a classical music education to a new generation of young musicians.

In 2017, Key to Change opened two studios in Kent and Renton, Washington which serve middle and high school students from diverse neighborhoods in South King County (Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Renton, Tukwila, and surrounding areas). Our students participate in weekly private and group violin lessons, master classes with guest artists, quarterly outreach performances, annual college preparation seminars, and more.

The Key to Change offers scholarships for students requiring financial assistance. Click here to sign up for lessons.

Upcoming events

  • 11 Mar 2020

    Arnaud Ghillebaert Master Class

    Violist Arnaud Ghillebaert visits Key to Change to work with students on their repertoire on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30pm at Renton…
  • 11 Apr 2020

    Solo String Festival

    Key to Change is proud to present our annual Solo String Festival for middle and high school violin and viola…
  • 11 Apr 2020

    Adrian Anantawan Master Class

    Violinist Adrian Anantawan visits Key to Change to work with students on their repertoire on Saturday, April 11 at 5pm at Riverton…
  • 16 Apr 2020

    Rachel Barton Pine Master Class

    World-renowned concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine visits Key to Change to work with students on their violin repertoire. This event…
  • 21 Apr 2020

    Key to Change Open House (Renton)

    Come learn what Key to Change is all about! Join us at our Open House to learn more about violin…
  • 26 Apr 2020

    Spring Salon Fundraiser

    “The Spring Salon is one way to connect string students in South King County with the support of the community.…
  • 04 May 2020

    Spring Trimester Begins in Renton

    Our Spring Trimester begins on Monday, May 4 at Renton High School. Lessons in Kent begin on Tuesday, May 5 at Mill…
  • 05 May 2020

    Spring Trimester Begins in Kent

    Our Spring Trimester in Kent begins on Tuesday, May 5 at Mill Creek Middle School. Lessons in Renton begin on Monday, May…
  • 10 Jun 2020

    Ruth Marie Ballance Master Class

    Violinist Ruth Marie Ballance visits Key to Change to work with students on their repertoire. This master class takes place Wednesday, June…
  • 13 Jun 2020

    Spring Finale Recital

    Key to Change students perform music they have learned throughout the year in this recital celebrating the culmination of our…

Key to Change violin students will:

  • Take private or group violin lessons
  • Participate in master classes taught by guest artists
  • Receive weekly ensemble coachings
  • Learn various styles of music
  • Perform in quarterly recitals
  • Attend a yearly workshop catered toward preparing for college auditions and applications

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