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4Culture Awards Capacity-Building Grant to Key to Change

We are thrilled to announce that Community 4Culture has awarded Key to Change a $10,000 capacity-building grant. This funding will be used to expand our violin studio, serve more students, and grow our impact in our community. Community 4Culture works to address inequities in arts and cultural funding across King County’s…...

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2018-2019 Master Classes at Key to Change

Key to Change is thrilled to offer our students master classes with distinguished guest artists from around the world. This school year our students will have the opportunity to work with the following renowned musicians: Daniel Ching, First Violinist of the Miró Quartet Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 10am, Seattle University –…...

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Professional Development with Key to Change

Beginning in Fall 2018, Key to Change will offer professional development for middle and high school orchestra teachers in South King County. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Renton School District to provide their teachers with opportunities for continued education. Key to Change will provide…...

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Key to Change Establishes Instrument Library Through Grant Support

We are pleased to announce that students who participate in our violin studio will now have free access to violins through our new instrument library, thanks to the generous support of the Classics for Kids Foundation and the D’Addario Foundation. This summer Classics for Kids granted us matching funds to purchase…...

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Quinton Morris Named One of Musical America’s 30 Movers & Shapers

Key to Change Founder and Director Dr. Quinton Morris is honored to be named one of Musical America’s 30 Movers and Shapers of 2017, alongside 29 other music professionals from Carnegie Hall, Seattle Symphony, The New Yorker, and more. Musical America is one of the world’s top music publications, distributed in over 95 countries around the globe. Their annual Movers and Shapers…...

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A Culture of Community Inspires Veterans to Volunteer

What yoga does for some people, music achieves for others. Sean Greenlee helps underserved children get access to private music lessons, expanding their horizons and view of what’s possible. Greenlee, manager of Starbucks global social responsibility, got interested in the nonprofit Key to Change because his son, a freshman in…...

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Reaching and Teaching Youth With the Violin

“Do you brush your teeth every day?” Quinton Morris asks four students in a small Maple Valley studio. “You’re teenagers,” he teases as eyes roll, “some of you probably don’t.” “Playing with the metronome is like brushing your teeth,” he says. Morris isn’t teaching high school health. He’s teaching beginning…...

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Seattle Virtuoso Quinton Morris Is Set to Open Violin Studio for Low-Income Students of Color

With Key to Change—serving South King County—Morris pays forward generosity he received as a youth. For Seattle University’s Quinton Morris, one of two tenured African-American violin professors in the United States, the violin is both an instrument and a seed. And with it Morris is growing a great forest—his most…...

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Renowned violinist encourages young people of color to love music

Quinton Morris is a violin virtuoso who wants to give back. The Seattle University teacher grew up in Renton and fondly remembers the support he got from the community. He says that encouragement is important for people of color who want to be classical musicians. Morris told Jamala Henderson how…...

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String Savant

When Dr. Quinton Morris plays his violin for an audience, there’s no doubt he’s connected to the instrument. With his eyes closed, right hand on the bow, Morris seamlessly strings notes together creating a beautiful sound. The two are a fine-tuned team. “It allows me the opportunity to be able…...

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