Violin Studio

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!

Key to Change Studio Locations:

Cedar Heights Middle School

19640 SE 272nd Street

Kent, WA 98402

Sign up for group or individual lessons held Friday evenings.

 

Renton High School

400 South Second Avenue

Renton, WA  98055

Sign up for group or individual lessons held Thursday evenings.

Tuition:

Private Lessons:

  • $60 per 1hr lesson

Group Lessons:

  • $25 per person per 30min lesson
  • $45 per person per 60min lesson

 

KEY TO CHANGE STUDIO POLICY

Tuition:

Lessons at Key to Change are scheduled in sessions ranging from 10 – 12 weeks depending on the quarter. The spring quarter 2017 will have 10 weeks and begin April 6th and 7th and conclude on June 22nd.  

 

There are no lessons on the following days:

April 20th and 21th, 2017

June 1st and 2nd, 2017

 

Lesson costs are as follows:

Private Lessons:

 

  • $60 per 1hr lesson =    $600 per quarter

Group Lessons:

 

  • $25 per person per 30min lesson      =    $250.00 per quarter
  • $45 per person per 60min lesson      =    $450.00 per quarter

Tuition for the entire quarter 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.  

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

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

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 take lessons.

Download the student and parent application here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age range of students at Key to Change?

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

What areas does Key to Change serve?

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

Does Key to Change Studio offer other lessons besides violin?

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

Where are lessons held?

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.

When are lessons offered?

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.

What is the difference between private and group lessons?

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.

Does Key to Change offer financial aid or scholarships?

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.

How can I apply for financial aid or scholarships?

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.

Do I need to own my own violin?

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.

When is tuition due?

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.

What if I miss my lesson?

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.

What is Key to Change’s make-up lesson policy?

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.