The piano lab instructor will teach piano students in the Gilmore Piano Labs and After School Piano programs at Spring Valley Elementary, Woods Lake Elementary, Ann J. Kellogg Elementary, or our Community Piano Lab at YMCA at Maple Street. Piano Lab classes consist of 4-7 students, grades 1-5, for 30 minutes twice a week.
About The Gilmore
Created in 1989 to honor the legacy of Irving S. Gilmore, the organization is known for its biennial Gilmore Piano Festival, a three-week celebration of piano music; the Gilmore Awards, a regular series of awards presented to deserving pianists based on a non-competitive process; and commissioning of composers to create new works for the piano. Since 1989, 14 biennial Festivals have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to west Michigan. Eight Gilmore Artists and 36 Gilmore Young Artists have been recognized, and 35 new works have been created for the piano.
The Piano Labs were launched in 1998 as an education initiative of The Gilmore and have served thousands of students. Each of the seven piano labs are uniquely located within the public schools and are part of the students’ school day. The Piano Labs aim to nourish and grow the music-making culture in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek by providing musical, emotional, and behavioral support.
The Piano Lab Instructor should be an experienced instructor of piano, ideally with some group piano class experience.
Core responsibilities include promoting registration for the Piano Labs, instructing the Piano Labs, preparing students to perform in a winter and spring recital, and working within the public schools to support the students’ learning.
The Piano Lab Instructor will report to the Director of Education, the Education and Community Engagement Manager, and the Piano Lab Coordinator. Work will be on-site at the specific teaching location(s).
Qualifications and Skills
Familiarity with digital keyboards & piano lab systems
This position is a temporary, hourly position that will report hours on a bi-weekly timesheet. Pay starts at $30/hr for teaching and $12/hr for prep & meetings. Hours are based on student enrollment.