Empowering underserved youth through world-class music instruction.

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Empowering underserved youth through world-class music instruction.


60% of our money is spent on students.

We help kids build bright futures.

The alt text for the image showcases a talented young girl playing the violin in front of a beautifully crafted piano.


Students become confident, skillful, and expressive artists.


Students learn discipline, preparation, leadership, and self-awareness.

Socially + Emotionally

Lessons offer students a place to belong and foster community and meaningful relationships.


Our programs reach youth from diverse backgrounds.

Middle and high school

Ages 11 to 18

Living in South King County

Renton, Kent, Auburn, White Center, Rainier Beach, Des Moines, and Federal Way

Primarily students of color

Every level of experience



Many studies show that students who participate in music and arts education cultivate skills for success in school and life.

Achieving higher academic achievement
Boosting literacy skills
Fostering Intellectual and creative growth
Improving social skills and self-confidence

But for young people in South King County, access to music education is limited.     

Under-resourced public school programs

String music instruction in poorer districts is offered at ¼ the rate of wealthier districts.

Transportation challenges

Music lessons are often several bus rides away.

Expensive out-of-school lessons

The average hourly cost for violin lessons is $125 – $200.

Language and cultural barriers



Key to Change is breaking down barriers to give kids the opportunities they deserve.     

South King County focus


We serve students in districts with below-average access to music education.

Close to home

The Key to Change studio is located in Renton.

Affordable lessons

The average hourly lesson is 30%-60% below regional averages.

Culturally aware instructors

Our staff have lived experiences that help them build trust with students and parents.

Our success is clear.

Hundreds of students taught since our founding in 2017

91% of students continue with lessons year after year

> 90% of students receive scholarship support

Students have been accepted to many to competitive colleges and conservatories

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Act now, transform lives

Join our mission to empower marginalized students. Your donation fuels proven programs that transform lives through world-class music instruction. Act now, be the catalyst for change. Donate today and make a lasting difference for young people in South King County.


Read about our recent accomplishments

Featured in the Seattle Times

Performed for Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States 

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