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Education Programs at The Gilmore


The Gilmore KeysFest is an annual day-long festival for West Michigan piano students grades 1-12. Students perform in a master class environment with an audience of supportive peers and adults. They receive one-on-one instruction from professional pianists and educators, and participate in workshops and performances by KeysFest clinicians and other guest presenters.

The next KeysFest will take place in February 2020. Registration will begin December 1, 2019.

Student Qualifications

Student Preparation


A Day of Master Classes

What is a Master Class? A master class is a public piano lesson with your peers. Students play a prepared piece before a small audience and receive immediate feedback from their clinicians. Master classes typically last 30–90 minutes and have an average of 3–6 students per session. Participants stay for the entire class and learn from their fellow performers as well.

In addition to master classes, the KeysFest Recital and workshops are available to all participating students, families and teachers. Please note, KeysFest is an event that is open to the public. Child supervision is not provided.

2019 Clinicians



Students are scheduled for one master class with regard to age and performance level. Sessions range from 30 to 90 minutes, and students should plan to be present for the duration of the class. Applicants should select their preference for clinician and AM or PM master class assignment on the registration form. Each registered student will receive email confirmation of their scheduled master class.


For More Information

Please direct questions to our Education department by calling 269.342.1166, or contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at or Leslie Boughton, Education & Operations Coordinator, at

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