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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

  • 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…
  • 27 Jun 2020

    Solo String Festival

    Key to Change is proud to present our Solo String Festival for middle and high school violin and viola students.…
  • 06 Jul 2020

    No Lessons

    Key to Change will not have any lessons July 6-10, 2020.
  • 13 Aug 2020

    No Lessons

    Key to Change will not have any lessons August 13-31, 2020.

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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