Ada Conservatory of Music

Ada Conservatory of Music


We are ready to stroll! The ABA was joined by our Story Stroll partners - Square Peg Events, LLC and the Kent District Library - Amy Van Andel Library for a fun Kick-Off party.

👏Thank you to our Story StROLL sponsors - Applied Imaging, Garage Bar Ada, Cascade Community Foundation, Consumers Credit Union, Ada Arts Council, Fred L. Hansen Corporation, The Community Church in Ada and Pennell CPA PLC.

🎼 We enjoyed music by Jasper Casamento from the Ada Conservatory of Music.

🎨 We look forward to the accessible art exhibition featuring children's art - July 22nd to September 4th - at ABA member locations including: Ada Dental Company, Garage Bar Ada, Ada Village General Store, Ada History Center - Ada Historical Society, Ada Township Downtown Development Authority, AIC Insurance Services, Kent District Library - Amy Van Andel Library, Beyond of Ada, Bridges Animal Hospital at Ada Village, Brodys Be cafe, Fred L. Hansen Corporation, Five Star Real Estate, Gina's Boutique, Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery, Heather Lane Pottery, HMD Boutique, ITS, Keystone Home Group Realty, Keystone Community Church, Laurel & Jack, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Michigan Software Labs, Mudpenny Ada, Nonna's: The Trattoria Periwinkle’s, Pursuit Gift Shop, The Community Church in Ada, The James Boutique, Union Bank of Michigan and Zeytin Turkish Restaurant

Together we are bringing a new, fun and engaging event to Ada!

We are currently accepting artwork submissions. More information can be found on the ABA website: or the Story StROLL page:
Join us TOMORROW night at the Ada Fire Department for Brats & Bonfires! We'll have live music from Delilah DeWylde , and Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery will be serving a selection of beers. Kids will be able to enjoy some Michigan apple cider and hot chocolate from Brody's Be Cafe! Brats and hot dogs will be cooked by our very own firefighters. We'd like to give a shout out to all of our banner sponsors for their support of this event.

Ada Conservatory of Music
Dan Carter Advisors CPA PLC
River Valley Credit Union
Village Kids Consignment Boutique of Ada
Hilbrands Landscape Management
RRR Lawn & Landscape LLC
Lown Homes
Lucas Howard Group - Keller Williams Realty
Michigan Software Labs
Dixon Architecture
Godwin Ada Village Hardware
Kent District Library - Amy Van Andel Library
Edward Jones-Financial Advisor: Justin Knapp
DMC Design
Our final two additions to the auction have been made! It’s crunch time - the auction closes TOMORROW at 7pm EST so get your bids in now!

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Businesses featured: South East Market Stovetop Coffee Roasters Buffalo Traders Lounge Midnite Patisserie Stoffer Home Treetops Collective Freshly Squeezed Print Shop Hexenbelle Ada Conservatory of Music Heights Cream Brass Ring Brewing Ken's Fruit Market Jb's Pizza Parlor The Old Goat Reinspired Treasures Martha's Vineyard
We are so very appreciative of the wonderful community support and turnout at our scavenger hunt event last Friday. Thank you to our volunteers, Ada businesses, community partners, elementary PTOs, and FHPS staff, students, families, and friends. We especially thank: Discover Ada, Ada Village, Kent District Library - Amy Van Andel Library, Kumon, Ada Conservatory of Music, Ada Village General Store, Beyond of Ada, The James Salon & Spa, TO & FRO Activewear, Skin Colab, Five Star Real Estate, Laurel & Jack, Pursuit Gift Shop, Gina's Boutique, Lake Michigan Credit Union, HMD Boutique, JH Realty Partners.
Podcast: For Piano Teachers
*New Episode*: Music Examinations – Five Important Players.

Insightful ideas on the roles of 5 players in the examination process: the teacher, student, parent, examining institution and the examiner.

Podcast: For Piano Teachers
*New Episode*: Student Progress in the “Do-It-Yourself” Days.
Teaching strategies to support productive days between lessons.

Podcast: For Piano Teachers
*New Episode*: A Beginner’s Foundation
Today’s piano teachers have more resources available to them than ever before. Edmund offers insightful ideas and criteria to consider when assessing a beginner’s piano method for those important foundational years.

Podcast: For Piano Teachers
*New Episode*: A Piano Teacher’s Passport

Launched on February 15, 2021, this podcast now has hundreds of listeners and subscribers in 29 countries. Check out the latest and all other episodes at:

Edmund Dawe
Podcast: For Piano Teachers
Episode 3: Musical Detectives

Please use this link:

This Episode is about helping our students engage more fully and become good musical detectives. Students of all ages can benefit from studying the composer’s instructions and applying what they discover to their daily practice. Investigating the music in this way can speed up the learning process, make the journey more interesting and imaginative, and increase memory security and performance success.
Thank you and best wishes,
Edmund Dawe
Dear Piano Teachers:

I hope you are all doing well in this challenging time.

On February 15th, I launched a podcast: For Piano Teachers.

New Episodes will be available on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Each podcast includes a pdf Outline for use while listening and for your future reference. The link to the pdf is in the Podcast Description.

Having taught university piano majors and piano pedagogy courses for over 3 decades, I'm looking forward to sharing my ideas, experiences and research.

Episode 1: Priorities and Perspectives


Thank you and best wishes,
Edmund Dawe
Hospitality: Careta Gilmore with Ada Conservatory of Music

We offer the highest quality music instruction in flute, piano, voice, violin, viola, guitar, bass g Students of all ages are welcome here!

The Ada Conservatory offers instruction on piano, voice, violin, viola, guitar, bass guitar and ukulele. Instructors are qualified and talented musicians and teachers who are ready to help you meet your musical goals!

Operating as usual


Piano student Owen Appie showing off his freshly printed score for the Halloween piece he composed! Congrats Owen!


Back to school special: contact us today to snag this great deal!!


Check out our awesome new saxophone instructor!
Sam Gucwa is a saxophonist and woodwind doubler known for her bold bandleading and inventive solos across multiple music genres.

Raised in the Chicago suburbs, Sam developed her musical personality performing in Denver, CO; playing saxophone and clarinet in trombonist Stafford Hunter’s Young Lions residency series, baritone sax with the Boulder Philharmonic, and writing unique instrumental features for indie rock band Bleak Mystique.

Sam is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at Michigan State University, studying under tenor saxophonist Walter Blanding. She is a resident artist in the Carr Center’s Gathering Orchestra, directed by bassist Rodney Whitaker. Sam regularly performs with bass trombonist Chris Glassman, and was recently featured as a guest artist for bandleader of the Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark.

With five years of teaching experience, Sam follows Rodney Whitaker’s philosophy of mentorship: music education is training not only musicians, but young leaders. If each of us creates 1000 leaders who each create another 1000 leaders, we change the world.

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 08/19/2023

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us today! It means so much to have support from our students (current and former!) and wonderful faculty. Here’s to another 10 years! Thanks for being the best party planner ever!! .wyn

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 08/18/2023

We’re getting set up! See you today 4-7pm for our 10 Year Anniversary Party!


Interested? Please contact us!


We’ve been in business for ten years! Come celebrate with us :)


Calling all students! Interested in designing a new shirt for Ada Conservatory’s 10-Year Anniversary? Submit your design by Thursday August 3!


Our Assistant Director, Careta Gilmore, did a fabulous job running the Stella Royce Piano Camp at St Cecilia Music Center this year! Gorgeous final recital today! Congrats to all the students and faculty :) Careta is the Artistic Director for camp and our very own Rose Gifford was one of the instructors!

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 06/04/2023

4 more recitals today! Gorgeous performances from all the students :)

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 06/04/2023

Four recitals today! Congrats to all our students who performed beautifully!

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 06/04/2023

4 recitals today! Beautiful job to all our students!


Calling all string students! Summer is a great time to pick up a new instrument or to hone your skills on one you already play! Our fabulous string instructors are ready to help you meet your musical goals. Contact us today to take advantage of this great offer!


Excited about our Student Achievement Testing trophy!


To all the wonderful moms out there, have a great day!


We are looking for qualified instructors to join our team! Must hold a degree in piano and have taken piano pedagogy courses to join as a piano instructor. Must hold a degree in vocal performance and have taken vocal pedagogy courses to join as a voice instructor. Please contact us today if interested! Email [email protected]

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 04/28/2023

Congratulations to Gianna, student of Ben De Leeuw, for a beautiful senior voice recital this evening! Gorgeous performance and reception :)


Congrats to piano students of Rose Gifford and Jordan Waller who performed at Michigan Student Achievement Testing Semi-Finals on Saturday at Calvin University!


Seeking piano and voice instructor! Contact us today if interested :)


Contact us today to enroll in Rock Band Camp! It’s open to non-ACM students as well so invite your friends!!


Contact us today to enroll in our string camp! This camp is open to non-ACM students as well so invite your friends :)


Piano students of Careta Gilmore, Rose Gifford and Jordan Waller participated in the event today at GRCC. Students played three piece for a judge, did a theory test, aural awareness test, sight reading and technique test. Congrats students!

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 03/05/2023

Field trip to see and at .ceciliamusiccenter!


Do you have a degree in piano performance and pedagogy? Have you taken piano pedagogy classes? Are you looking for an amazing place to teach? Please contact us! We are looking for a qualified piano instructor to join our team! Email [email protected]


Amazing faculty. Amazing musicians. Yay for the 70s!


Now is a great time to sign up for violin and viola lessons! Contact us today to study with the best faculty in West Michigan!


Contact us today to sign up for our 6 week intro to piano course! Email [email protected] or call 616-540-1895!


See you for regularly scheduled lessons today :)


11am auditorium recital :)


11am recital! I only got a picture from the ballroom, not the auditorium recital! Excellent student performances! Thanks for all the help!


3pm recital! Amazing student performances and a faculty trio at the end!


2pm recital! Beautiful student performances! Thanks for all your help!

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 12/17/2022

12pm recitals! One in the ballroom and one in the auditorium. Excellent student performances! Thanks for all your help!


10am recital! Beautiful student performances! Thanks for all your help!

Photos from Ada Conservatory of Music's post 12/04/2022

Thanks to all the students that participated in our outreach performance at Provision Living! The residents loved it :)

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Enriching Lives Through Music

Ada Conservatory of Music offers instruction on piano, voice, violin, viola, guitar, bass guitar and ukulele. Instructors are highly qualified; each hold a music degree (or several!) and have extensive training and professional experience on their specific instrument. Instructors are passionate about teaching and sharing the joys of music with their students. Ada Conservatory accepts students of all ages (as young as four) and focuses on helping each student meet their individual goals. Students learn correct and healthy technique along with the music that interests them. Come experience how music can enrich your life with lessons at Ada Conservatory.

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Ben De Leeuw performs Phydyle
Aaron Garcia plays Love In Vain
Rose Gifford plays Rachmaninoff Prelude
Aaron Garcia plays Blue Moon





8100 Fulton Street E
Ada, MI

Opening Hours

Monday 3pm - 9pm
Tuesday 3pm - 9pm
Wednesday 12pm - 9pm
Thursday 2pm - 9pm
Friday 2pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
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