Key to Change serves racially and economically diverse students in South King County through music education and mentorship. Enrollment in Key to Change provides access to a range of programs, including group and private lessons, performance opportunities and scholarships. 

Students will learn various styles of music in a diverse, supportive and healthy environment. Students are taught by a renowned university professor with a successful track record of engaging students in such a way that allows them to make fast, incredible progress in weeks.

Our studio operates in trimesters and is open for new student enrollment in the months of August, December and April. Please fill out the application below. If you have any questions, please contact us at 

New Student Application


Private lessons are one hour once a week at Key to Change Studio, where the student will receive one-on-one instruction from an instructor. Private lesson students also attend 6-8 studio classes throughout the trimester, where they gather with other private lesson students to play and receive feedback, furthering their growth as musicians. Studio classes are mandatory for all private lesson students. They are held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm at Key to Change Studio. Some of these classes feature guest artists.

60-Minute Private lessons

$1,500/trimester ($72/lesson)


Group lessons are held twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays at Key to Change Studio. Classes are conducted between 3-8pm and have between 7-15 students. Group lesson students are encouraged to attend the masterclasses to further develop their skills.

COMBO lessons include group lessons and a bi-weekly private lesson.

60-Minute Group lessons

$1000/trimester ($36/lesson) - 60 min lessons twice a week

30-Minute Group lessons

$500/trimester ($18/lesson) - 30 min lessons twice a week

COMBO Group lessons

$1750 /trimester ($50/lesson) - 30 min or 60 min group lessons twice a week and a bi-weekly private lesson


Families are required to make an initial payment toward tuition before the first lesson. Failure to pay by the third lesson will result in termination of lessons. To pay by card please use the buttons above. Checks should be made payable to The Key to Change and can be mailed to PO Box 16787, Seattle WA 98116.

The Key to Change is dedicated to providing scholarship assistance to students who have expressed a need due to their family’s financial situation. Scholarships that are given to students are funded through generous support from our donors, board and community supporters. To apply for a scholarship, click on the link below.

Important Dates for the Fall Trimester

  • September 19 – First day of Fall Trimester
  • September 19 – Private and Young Artist Academy Lessons begin
  • September 19 – Group Lessons begin
  • September 23 – Tuition Deadline for Fall Trimester
  • October 3 – Photo Day
  • November 24 – No Class
  • December 17 – Holiday Concert 
  • December 19 – Jan 8 – Studio Break 

Studio Class & Masterclass Dates

All studio classes are held at Key to Change Studio. They are scheduled from 6 – 7:30 pm. Masterclasses are required for Young Artist Academy Students.

  • September 30 – (5 pm) Jonathon Heyward Masterclass
  • October 27 – Studio Class
  • October 11 – Studio Class
  • October 18 – Grant Donnellan Masterclass
  • November 8 – Studio Class
  • November 22 – Studio Class
  • December 6 – Studio Class
For more information about our studio policies, expectations of students and parents, cancelled or missed lessons and our scholarship policy please click the buttons below.

Studio Policy

"I can now stand in front of people and play without stuttering or stopping."
Derek N., Violin Student
“I learned the importance of time management, which applies to other parts of my life.”
Luxury S., Violin Student
“The studio is diverse and you’re offered many opportunities to grow.”
Analisa R., Violin Student
“I can hear myself improving with every lesson.”
Lynn T., Violin Student
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