The Key To Change

The Key To Change

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13 years in business

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My organization, the Key to Change offers both group and private violin (and viola) lessons to students in middle and high school who are in their school orchestra programs. We offer high quality music instruction to students who have a desire to excel on their instruments.

Students have the option of takings lessons in Renton (Thursdays) or Kent-Covington (Fridays).

In addition to weekly lessons, students have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with guest artists, attend college prep and audition seminars and perform in community outreach concerts.  

We provide scholarships for students/families requiring financial assistance.

Please visit our website at for more information.

I am a university professor by day (I teach at Seattle University) but really enjoy teaching middle/high school students. My goal as a teacher is to motivate students to work hard and inspire them to do better than their best. I absolutely love witnessing how students thrive when they learn.

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Kent, WA 98042
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Students are encouraged to sign up or may observe one lesson for free. Students are also given a $25.00 credit for every student they recommend into the studio.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelor of Music (Violin) - UNC School of the Arts

Master of Music (Violin) - The Boston Conservatory

Doctor of Musical Arts (Violin) - University of Texas - Austin

Associate Professor of Music - Violin and Chamber Music at Seattle University (tenured).

Presented guest artist master classes at renowned music schools and programs worldwide, including the Paris Conservatory of Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, National Taiwan Normal University, Cle Des Arts Academie de Musique (Guadeloupe), Tumaini University Makumira (Tanzania), Dong-Eui University (Korea), Nevada School of the Arts, Boston Symphony's Project Step, Evergreen Music Festival (Tacoma Youth Symphony), Univ. of Puget Sound Community Music School, among many others.

Solo performances at notable venues include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (2011, 2012 & 2014), Seattle Art Museum, the Louvre Museum (Paris), concerto performances with the Seattle Symphony, among many others.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Group Lessons:

30 minute lesson = $350.00 per semester

60 minute lesson = $630 per semester

Private Lessons:

60 minute lesson = $840.00 per semester

Tuition for the entire semester is due by the date of the first lesson. Payments received after the first lesson (without a payment arrangement) will be considered late and are subject to a $35.00 late fee to be added to the current invoice.

Tuition for the entire semester is due by the date of the first lesson. Payments received after the first lesson will be considered late and are subject to a $35.00 late fee to be added to the current invoice. Failure to pay by the third lesson will result in termination of lessons.

How did you get started teaching?

I started coaching and teaching students when I was in high school. I absolutely love teaching and haven't stopped since :)

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all types of students - from beginner level through advanced. I enjoy working with any student who is willing to practice and learn. Some of my students have been accepted at music schools across the country including the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, Boston Conservatory, University of Arizona, among many others.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Very proud to have opened my violin studio last year where we are currently serving more than 20 students. I am also proud that we were able to raise scholarship funds to offer to students who can't afford good instruction.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The advice I would give any student looking for a private or group lesson teacher is to watch a teacher teach first by visiting a lesson or a master class. That will give you a good idea of how they teach and interact with students.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Define exactly what it is that you're looking for and what your goals are.

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