Three Oaks Arts and Education Center is now the parent organization of the School for American Music.
The Three Oaks Arts and Education Center (A&E Center) and the School of American Music have emerged in the burgeoning arts scene in the Village of Three Oaks, Michigan. The region of Michiana has long had a musical and artistic culture with strong links to many styles of American music, arts, and crafts. Now residents grow their musical skills with high quality, affordable, instruction. Lessons in Guitar, Piano, Violin, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin, and Voice are offered to kids, teens, and adults at SAM. A variety of other arts offerings are now available through the A&E Center, keep an eye on our new class offerings.
The arts organizations were founded by area resident Garth Taylor who long admired the musical education done by the Old Town School of Music in Chicago. SAM started with one student in April 2012 — and now serves over 100 students. Nearly one third of the music students are on scholarship due to the generous support of several donors, including the Pokagon Fund. SAM is located on the second floor of the Three Oaks Township Public Library building — 3 N. Elm Street.
The Three Oaks Arts and Education Center now occupies what was formerly the Three Oaks Village Hall – which has been made over into a versatile and attractive facility. Currently, the outdoor stage area facing Dewey Cannon Park is being built. A&E Center opened its doors to lessons early in 2015 and already boasts over a dozen weekly classes in arts as varied as Photography, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Electronic Music Production. Special activities for teens are being developed. Storytelling workshops also take place, taught by Indigan Storyteller. A&E Center has benefited from a recent grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. If you’re in the neighborhood and want to participate or watch an open Jam Session, come on by! The A&E Center’s new facility is located at 14 Maple Street in Three Oaks.
Both SAM and the A&E Center provide enrichment and educational diversity for home schooled students. Please call us to learn more at (269) 409-1191.
The School of American Music is a 501c3 non-profit, founded in February 2012.
The Three Oaks Arts and Education Center operates the School of American Music.