Information on Key to Change

The Key to Change violin studio in South King County offers middle and high school students year-long access to world class, professional instruction for low cost.

Students may register for private violin lessons or group violin classes. Private lessons are one-on-one lessons with the instructor, while group classes may have between four to six students working with the instructor at the same time.

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

The Key to Change studio offers scholarships and financial aid. Click here to apply for lessons!

Spring Semester

Spring semester 2018 begins on Thursday, January 4 (Renton location) and Friday, January 5 (Kent location). Spring semester is a 14-week session ending on Friday, June 22.

There are no lessons on the following days:

  • February 22 & 23
  • March 8 & 9
  • April 12 & 13

Studio Locations

Renton High School
400 South Second Avenue
Renton, WA  98055

Sign up for group or individual lessons held Thursday evenings.

Group Lesson Times:
2:00 – 3:00pm
3:00 – 4:00pm
4:00 – 5:00pm

Individual Lesson Times:
5:00 – 6:00pm
6:00 – 7:00pm

 

Cedar Heights Middle School
19640 SE 272nd Street
Kent,  WA  98042

Sign up for group or individual lessons held Friday evenings.

Group Lesson Times:
3:30 – 4:00pm
4:30 – 5:30pm
5:30 – 6:30pm

Individual Lesson Times:
6:30 – 7:30pm
7:30 – 8:30pm

Tuition

Early Bird Special: Register by December 16 to receive a $25.00 discount off of your final semester balance!

For every student you recommend who registers for lessons, you will receive an additional $25.00 off your tuition balance.

Private Lessons:

  • 60 minute lesson = $840 per semester

Group Lessons:

  • 30 minute lesson = $350 per semester
  • 60 minute lesson = $630 per semester

Tuition for the entire semester is due by the date of the first lesson. Payments received after the first lesson will be considered late and are subject to a $35.00 late fee to be added to the current invoice. Failure to pay by the third lesson will result in termination of lessons.

Studio Policy

What You Can Expect From Key to Change:

  • We provide high-quality music instruction catered to each student
  • We treat all students with care and respect
  • We will be prepared and on-time for all scheduled lessons, classes, and performances
  • We will return all phone calls and emails in a timely and professional manner
  • We will always listen when you have a concern and do our best to resolve the issue

Tuition may be paid in-person by check or by card online here. Checks must be made out to The Key to Change.

Expectations of Students and Parents:

  • Be prepared and on-time for all scheduled lessons, classes, and performances
  • Be respectful of all students, teachers, and guest artists
  • Practice your repertoire outside of lessons and complete practice assignments by the scheduled due dates
  • Do your best not to miss any lessons or performances–if you must miss class, please notify us by phone or email at least one week in advance
  • Check your email regularly during the session for announcements regarding recital dates, lesson scheduling, snow-day closings, and other lesson details
  • Let us know if you see a way we can improve our services–we will always strive to be our best!

Cancellations or Missed Lessons:

Cancellations by Instructor:

  • If we cancel for any reason, we will make up your missed lesson or credit the cost of that lesson back to you.
  • By default, we do not have lessons on national holidays unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellation of lessons due to unsafe weather conditions will be up to the discretion of the instructor.

Cancellations by Student/Parent:

  • Teachers are not required to make up a lesson missed by the student for any reason.
  • If you are unable to attend a lesson, please let us know by phone or email at least one week beforehand.
  • More than three unexcused absences in a session will result in termination of lessons.

Liability Waiver:

  • Key to Change is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged belongings.
  • We work hard to create safe spaces for lessons and performances. In the event that something bad happens, we promise to provide support to our students to the best of our ability.

Child Protection Policy:

In order to create and maintain a safe, positive learning environment for all children, we are committed to putting these measures in place:

  • During all private music lessons, the instructor will teach in a room with the door open.
  • Parents are always welcome to stay in a waiting area within earshot of a private lesson. If they find it necessary, a parent may check the open door at any time without disturbing the lesson.
  • Bullying or fighting between students will not be tolerated.

Additional Fees:

We strive to keep our costs at a minimum, however, over the course of the session students may need to spend additional money on the following tools and accessories:

  • Sheet music or music books
  • Strings
  • Recital clothing
  • Metronome
  • Notebook
  • Pencils

Electronic Communications Policy:

Important announcements will be communicated with students and parents via email. It is expected that students and parents will check their email regularly for updates regarding recital dates and details, snow-day closings, schedule changes, and other lesson details. In the case of an emergency or last-minute schedule change, students and parents may be notified by phone.

Parents and students are encouraged to contact the instructor by phone, email, or in person if they have any questions or concerns with lessons or scheduling.

Scholarship Policy

Key to Change is pleased to offer scholarships to deserving students, with the expectation that scholarship recipients will demonstrate hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude in their lessons. Failure to meet these expectations will result in loss of scholarship.

Scholarship recipients are expected to complete all practice assignments, attend all lessons, and serve as positive role models for other students. More than three unexcused absences in a semester will result in loss of scholarship. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to keep their scholarship.

FAQ

Our studio serves middle and high school students ages 12-18.

Key to Change serves students in Renton, Kent, Auburn, and Federal Way neighborhoods and surrounding areas.

Group violin classes are offered during the following timeframes:

Thursdays 3:00-6:00 PM

Fridays 3:00-6:00 PM

 

Private lessons are offered during the following timeframes:

Thursdays 6:00-8:00 PM

Fridays 6:00-7:00 PM

Students are encouraged to sign up for lessons early as spaces fill up quickly. To register for lessons, please click here.

Key to Change has two studio locations where lessons are held:

Renton High School
400 South Second Avenue
Renton, WA  98055
Sign up for group or individual lessons held Thursday evenings.

 

Cedar Heights Middle School
19640 SE 272nd Street
Kent,  WA  98042
Sign up for group or individual lessons held Friday evenings.

At this time, no.  Key to Change is 100% focused on supporting violin.

Private lessons are one-on-one classes with the instructor, while group classes may have between four to six students working with the instructor at the same time. Private lessons allow for the instructor to gauge progress and set a pace that meets the individual student’s skills, abilities, and interests. Group lessons help build community and allow the students to learn from both the teacher and from their classmates.

Key to Change is pleased to offer financial aid and scholarships to deserving students based on financial need, with the expectation that these students will demonstrate hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude in their lessons.

Students may apply for financial aid and scholarships through our online lesson registration form. Please be sure to fill out all sections of the form completely and thoroughly, as the information gathered through this form will allow us to assess each student’s financial needs and award financial aid and scholarships accordingly.

Due to our tight lesson schedule, the instructor is not able to offer make-ups for lessons missed by the student for any reason. If the instructor cancels lessons, we will make up your missed lesson or credit the cost of that lesson back to you. Please review our Studio Policy for additional information.

We ask that you please be mindful of your lesson commitment and do your best not to schedule any conflicting appointments. If you are unable to attend a lesson, please let the instructor know by email (qmorris@keytochangestudio.org) at least one week beforehand. In the case of an emergency or last-minute cancellation, call the instructor at 425.243.2597. Please note that more than three unexcused absences in a session will result in termination of lessons.

Tuition for the entire quarter is due by the date of the first lesson, and may be paid by check in-person or by card online through our website. Payments received after the first lesson will be considered late and are subject to a late fee to be added to the current invoice. Please review our Studio Policy for more information.

Students must bring a violin to each lesson. However, you do not need to own your own instrument. Students may rent a violin from a local music store.

At this time Key to Change does not have any loaner or spare violins available for use. It is our hope that one day we will have available funds and equipment to provide violins for students to borrow.

Semesters include 13 sessions