Masters and Mentors


New Session Begins September 2020 | Check back July 2020 to apply for the 2020-2021 school year

Federal Way Symphony is pleased to announce a new session of our music education program, offering free music lessons to local students in need. The Masters and Mentors program pairs music educators with students who would otherwise be unable to afford individual music instruction, helping them to hone their technique, refine their sound, and prepare for auditions and ensemble playing. Students “pay” for the lessons through mentoring another younger student, fostering a culture of philanthropy.

As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to experience a Federal Way Symphony dress rehearsal, learning how professional orchestras prepare for a performance. They will also receive free tickets for their whole family to attend a Federal Way Symphony concert.

We invite applicants for free musical instruction in guitar, piano, keyboard, flute, voice and percussion. Instructors for the program year have generously discounted their services in an effort to include as many families as possible, and thanks to individual donations from local supporters along with matching funds from ArtsFund Power2Give and Little Big Show partners Starbucks, STG, and KEXP, lessons are being offered at no cost to the students. Instructors come from the Federal Way School of Music.

Middle and high school students in Federal Way with at least one year of music experience, who qualify for free/reduced lunch, are eligible to participate in the program.