The Gilmore

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.

Piano Lab Recital — Photo by Chris McGuire

Piano Lab Recitals

Over 200 Students from Spring Valley Center for Exploration and Woods Lake Elementary will be performing this May as part of the Gilmore Piano Labs. Each hour-long concert is free and will feature up to 75 students. All are welcome to attend.

Spring Valley Recital

Woods Lake Recital

Piano Lab at the YMCA

Piano Lab at the Maple Street YMCA — Photo by Chris McGuire

Maple Street YMCA Piano Lab

We are excited to offer classes for beginning and continuing middle school students, and classes for beginning adults. Class information is published in the Fall, Winter, and Spring Y’s Life magazines, and online:

Youth Piano Classes

Two Piano Lab classes are available for middle school students:

Classes meet once per week for 45 minutes, with a variety of times available Monday – Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Digital pianos, music, and folders are provided. The 14 week class culminates in a public recital for students and families. The cost is $60 for YMCA members and $75 for non-members.

Adult Piano Classes

Classes meet once per week for 1 hour, with two different times available either Mondays 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM or Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Digital pianos and folders will be provided; however, students are required to purchase a music book.  The 14 week class for adults is $100 for YMCA members and $120 for non-members.


Scholarships are available through the YMCA. Please stop by a nearby branch to pick up an application, or email Leslie Boughton at

Questions? Contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education at 269.342.1166 or

Piano Lab at the YMCA

Photo by Chris McGuire

Kalamazoo Public Elementary Schools

Gilmore Piano Labs are currently offered at Woods Lake and Spring Valley Elementary Schools. Participation in Gilmore Piano Labs includes:

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.

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.