Studio FAQ

Our studio serves middle and high school students ages 12-18. We will accept students who are age 11 as long as they are in 6th grade.
Key to Change serves students in all of South King County: Auburn, Burien, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park Renton, Seatac, Skyway, White Center

Lessons are offered Monday through Thursday between the hours of 3pm-7pm. We do not provide lessons on the weekends.

Private lessons are held once a week at Renton High School. Group lessons are offered in a hybrid model – both online and in person twice per week – at Renton High School.

We offer viola lessons as well. Students may sign up for private lessons or group lessons with other violinists. We do not teach any other instruments.

Private lessons are one-on-one tutorials with the instructor, while group classes may have between four to eight students working with one instructor. 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 are more peer centered with students learning in a community environment. Group lessons are our most popular classes in our studio.

Yes, Key to Change offers financial aid and scholarships to students who demonstrate need. We also provide some merit based scholarships for talented students who demonstrate hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude in their lessons.

Need-based scholarships are based on income level. In order to determine whether or not a household qualifies for need-based assistance, a 1040 Tax Form for the current year must be submitted. Key to Change also offers merit-based scholarships based on the nomination of the music instructor.
Fill out all sections of the scholarship form and include the most recent 1090 Tax Form and the student’s most recent grades, which include the cumulative GPA, as the information gathered through this form will allow us to assess each student’s financial needs and award financial aid and scholarships accordingly. Please note: no scholarship applications will be considered without completing a student application form. All application forms can be found here.

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, your missed lesson will be rescheduled at some point in the trimester to assure each student receives 12 full weeks of lessons (24 lessons for group students and 12 lessons for private students). Please review our Studio Policy for additional information.

We ask that you are 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 ([email protected]) at least one week beforehand. In the case of an emergency or last-minute cancellation, call or text the instructor at 425.243.2597. Please note that more than four unexcused absences in a session will result in termination of lessons for those on scholarship
A tuition payment toward the cost of the trimester 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. Tuition must be paid in full by the last lesson in the trimester, unless special arrangements are made with the organization. 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.

New students in group lessons will need to purchase books for the year amounting to $30. Students may also need to rent a bow buddy for the year, regardless of whether or not they own their own instrument or need to rent one from our instrument library. This costs $40 per year. Private lesson students are responsible for purchasing books and music for their lessons. The costs can range from $20-80.

There are approximately 12 weeks in a trimester, with roughly 24 lessons for group lesson students and 12 lessons plus 6 studio classes for private lesson students. Two of these studio classes are masterclasses

Studio classes are mandatory for all private lesson students. There are approximately 6 studio classes per trimester that last one and a half hours. They are open for observation to all other students and provide a great opportunity for beginner students to deepen their learning and to see what is possible. Some of these classes feature guest artists as a part of our masterclass series.
Students are required to perform at the end of trimester concerts. These concerts will be held in Renton on: December 10 or 12, 2021 (end of fall trimester concert), April 8, 9 or 10, 2022 (end of winter trimester) and August 12 or 13, 2022 (end of spring/summer trimester). All students who receive a scholarship are required to participate in the End of Trimester Concerts.

Students who enroll in group classes are placed in the appropriate course, which is based on skill level, not age. Some group classes have both middle and high school students in them, although most classes tend to have students in the same grades and/or age range. The instructor reserves the right to move students into other group classes who either advance or fall behind in course content. The goal is to properly place students in the appropriate class so they may make continued progress in an organic and musically fun way. 

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