Piano Lab Instructor


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. Elementary Piano Lab classes consist of 4-6 students, grades 2-5, for 30 minutes twice a week. Community Piano Lab consists of elementary, middle school, and adult classes held 45 minutes once 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 and Larry J. Bell Jazz Awards programs, 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, 16 biennial Festivals have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to west Michigan. Eight Gilmore Artists and 38 Gilmore Young Artists have been recognized, and 37
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.

Job Requirements

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

Piano pedagogy
Familiarity with digital keyboards & piano lab systems


This is a seasonal hourly position that runs during the academic year, with limited summer opportunities available. This role will report hours worked on a bi-weekly timesheet. Pay starts at $30/hr for teaching, and $12/hr for prep & meetings. Hours are based on student enrollment.

To Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter by email to: Adam Schumaker, Director of Education: [email protected]


Applications will be accepted immediately until the position is filled.
Equal Opportunity Employer

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