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 at the Maple Street YMCA
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:
Two Piano Lab classes are available for middle school students:
- Level 1 – Small group piano lessons for students with no previous piano experience.
- Level 2 – Small group piano lessons for students who have previously studied piano either with The Gilmore’s elementary school piano labs or with a private teacher.
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.
- Level 1 – Small group piano lessons for adults with no previous piano experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education at 269.342.1166 or email@example.com.
Kalamazoo Public Elementary Schools
- Two 30-minute sessions each week
- Access to an after-school practice program
- Periodic progress reports
- Twice yearly school recitals
- Assessments from participants as well as teachers, parents and administration
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.
Parents/guardians can register their student(s) through our online registration form.
Select the appropriate school (Spring Valley Elementary or Woods Lake Elementary) and follow the link to complete the registration form. You will have the option to add-on After School Practice during the registration process.
You may also print and complete a registration form for each student.
A representative from The Gilmore will be in touch with you upon receipt of your completed online or printed registration.
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:
- A combination of private and group instruction to support each student’s individual needs and to develop skills for working together in a recording studio
- Participation in school events to share their recordings and performances with their teachers and their peers
- Music brought to the classroom to improve participation, engagement, and retention of information learned
- Recordings of students’ work for students to keep at program conclusion
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.