Just for Kids

A critical part of the mission of The Gilmore is to provide piano education programs for children that not only develop basic keyboard skills, but foster a lifelong appreciation of music. It is our fundamental belief that students who participate in the arts learn the value of creativity, teamwork and self-expression. Programs offered to kids in grades K-5 include the following:

Piano Labs

Located on-site at area elementary schools, Gilmore Piano Labs are fully-equipped, state-of-the-art computer/keyboard labs that reach hundreds of students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play the instrument. The Gilmore employs piano teachers who work with children during their regular school day. Special after school labs are offered for additional enrichment.


The Gilmore KeysFest is an annual, day-long festival for piano students in the greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas. Piano students of all levels, grades 1–12, are invited to perform and receive instruction from professional pianists and/or educators. Students receive immediate affirmation of their skills and musicianship in an open and friendly master class environment, including a small audience of supportive students and adults.

Gilmore Day Piano Camp

Our annual week-long camp held at Sherman Lake YMCA Camp is designed for students with at least two years of piano instruction. Taught by music educators, the camp offers an integrated curriculum along with traditional camp activities that include art, drama, and water sports.

Gilmore Family Concerts

This exceptional program occurs every two years in conjunction with our biennial Keyboard Festival. Uniquely designed for children in grades K-5, Gilmore Family Concerts present piano music in a fun and engaging way. And, through the generous support of our sponsors, the programs are free and open to the public.


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