Piano Labs

Creative expression, musical exploration, skill development, self-discipline and self-esteem are just a few of the benefits of participating in Gilmore Piano Labs.

Through computerized keyboards, quality curriculum and qualified, energetic instructors and music therapists, several hundred students in the greater Kalamazoo area enjoy piano lessons twice a week and seize the opportunity for after-school practice – students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play the piano.

Kalamazoo Public Elementary Schools

Gilmore Piano Labs are currently offered at Woods Lake and Spring Valley Elementary Schools.

Students are selected in collaboration with KPS Administration, student desire and teacher/parent endorsement. Due to gracious support from corporations, businesses, foundations and anonymous donors, schools are assessed only a small fee for the operation of the Piano Labs, and students pay only a minimal registration fee. To register your student, please print and complete a registration form (see below) for each student. A representative from The Gilmore will be in touch with you upon receipt of your form.

Spring Valley Elementary Piano Lab Registration Form
Woods Lake Elementary Piano Lab Registration Form

Participation in Gilmore Piano Labs includes:

Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home

The Gilmore Piano Lab provides these young individuals the opportunity to integrate music into the classroom as an academic tool, learn multiple instruments, and write and record original music. In the classroom, music is used to reinforce academic concepts and more importantly, increase participation. Using music therapy as a basis, the Juvenile Home Keyboard Lab offers a safe and productive way to express the wide range of emotions that many youth experience.

Participation in the Juvenile Home Gilmore Piano Lab includes:

Kalamazoo RESA Young Adult Program

Collaborating with the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, whose services include providing a range of transition services to young people with disabilities ages 17-26, the Gilmore Piano Lab teaches the basics of music and rhythm through the piano, percussion and music technology. Aligning with the principles of the Young Adult Program, adult living skills are practiced and supported by giving the students recreational music making skills. Music therapy is used to support communication in social settings through popular drum circle exercises.


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