The “Masters & Mentors” program is offering

free music instruction to qualified students!


The Federal Way School of Music, in partnership with the Federal Way Symphony, is pleased to announce a new session of our Masters and Mentors financial aid program for local grade-school students in financial need. The Masters and Mentors program pairs music educators with students who would otherwise be unable to afford 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, and earning the scholarship,

Depending on student experience level and chosen musical instrument, students are placed in available group classes for their age range or in available private lessons with a master teacher. Group classes last for 3-month quarter and include 10 hourlong classes in small groups of 4-7 students. Private lessons last for 2 months and include a maximum of 8 half-hour one-on-one private lessons. All lessons and classes are done on location at the Federal Way School of Music.

To realize the full benefit of the program, students are recommended to have their own instrument for at-home practice. Students are encouraged to talk to their school music teacher for assistance in obtaining a suitable instrument.

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. In an effort to include as many families as possible, we thank the generosity of individual donations from local supporters along with matching funds from ArtsFund Power2Give and Little Big Show partners Starbucks, STG, and KEXP.

We invite all K-12 applicants to apply, including those interested in studying most major band and orchestra instruments and select other popular instruments including piano, guitar, voice, and drums. To verify family eligibility, students’ families must provide proof of financial need, which may include: proof of free/reduced school lunch or participation in various state assistance programs.

To apply, please click here to download the application form today!

Submit your application to us via email or by visiting our school.


For more information, please call or email

the Federal Way Symphony office:


Symphony Office Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 10am to 2pm