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Education Programs at The Gilmore

Piano Labs

Gilmore Piano Labs offer group piano lessons that foster creative expression, skill development, self-discipline, and self-esteem for students of all ages in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. The Piano Labs run September through May.

Woods Lake Elementary, Spring Valley Elementary, and Ann J. Kellogg Elementary Schools

Participation in Elementary Gilmore Piano Labs includes two 30-minute sessions each week, access to an after-school practice program, and twice-yearly school recitals.

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.


Piano Labs Registration for the 2018-19 School Year is now closed. For late registration information, please contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education at 269-342-1166×125 / or Leslie Boughton, Education Coordinator at 269-342-1166×130 /

Maple Street YMCA Piano Lab for Youth and Adults

The Gilmore offers classes for beginning and continuing elementary and middle school students, as well as beginning adults at the Maple Street YMCA. Class information is published in the Fall, Winter, and Spring Y’s Life.

Youth Piano Classes

Adult Piano Classes

Small group piano lessons for adults with no previous piano experience are available.


Scholarships are available through the YMCA. Please stop by a nearby branch to pick up an application, or email Leslie Boughton at 269.342.1166 or

Piano Lab

Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home

The Intensive Learning Center (ILC) at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home (KCJH) is a behavior-based program whose small student-to-teacher ratio provides focused, individualized learning. Our KCJH Gilmore Piano Lab is led by our music therapist who collaborates with classroom teachers to support instruction in core academic subjects, using music as a tool for increased participation and information retention.

Our music therapist also provides highly structured recording studio time, where students compose, perform, and analyze their own music.

Piano Lab

Kalamazoo RESA Young Adult Program

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, the Young Adult Program (YAP) is a post-secondary program that provides a range of transition services to young people with disabilities, ages 18–26.

Our YAP Gilmore Piano Lab is taught by a board-certified music therapist. Student-directed goal setting, communication, and other adult living skills are reinforced through classroom songwriting, small group piano lessons, and drum circle exercises.

For More Information

If you would like more information about Piano Labs, please contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at 269.342.1166 or

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