Studio F.A.Q

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.

Lessons are offered Monday through Friday. We do not provide lessons on the weekends.

Lessons will be held virtually until further notice. Students have been overwhelmingly excited about our online offerings. Once it is safe, we will resume lessons in person. In person lessons are generally held at Renton High School and Mill Creek Middle School.

We offer viola lessons as well. Students may sign up for group or individual 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.

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

Click here to apply for financial aid and scholarships. 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 ( 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.

Tuition may be paid using the links below:

If you do not have access to an instrument, you are welcome to rent an instrument from our violin library for $25.00 per month

There are approximately 12 weeks in a trimester, with roughly 32 lessons for group lessons and 12 lessons plus 8 studio classes.