Class List

Three Oaks Arts & Education Center

On-Going Classes — Most classes require pre-registration, call 269-409-1191


Instructor: Cindy Dryden           
Contact to register:
Age range: late grade school to Adult.
Cost: donation

Explore the beauty of choral music in a community of varied voices, ages, interests and experience. We need to hear your voice to determine your vocal range and which part you will be singing (soprano/alto/tenor/bass)


Teacher: Ed Vanek, certified T’ai Chi instructor,
Days/Time: Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Starts January 12
Cost: $10.00 each session.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a traditional Chinese exercise practice for health, relaxation, meditation, and self- defense. The style of T’ai Chi taught is the Yang’s style, as developed by Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing (also called Cheng’s Style). T’ai Chi is a gentle exercise, which is suitable for people with a wide variety of physical conditions. The movements are adjustable to fit the health and strength levels of each individual.
Instructor: Evan Margol

Email to determine your day/time – Middle School/High School to Adults
Maximum of 4 students 10 weekly sessions of 90 minutes each
Cost:  $300.00   
Scholarships available.

This course, held in our state-of-the-art Recording Studio, will enable any student to be prepared for audio recordings in today’s modern studio. Learn how to record live drums, guitars, vocals, bands in our acoustically tuned and treated performance room. Proper use of microphones, studio setup and software basics will be taught. This course will be as fun as it will be insightful. Featuring a very “hands on” approach, the student will quickly “get in the field” and start recording almost immediately. No materials necessary for this course, only your ears.

Instructor: D. Garth TaylorContact: schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com269-409-1191Contact to schedule your day and time
Cost: $300.00
Scholarships available

Learn to:  Hear the rhythm and melody in daily life and write it as a tune in musical notation

  • Write tunes with chords and accompaniment (known as a Lead Sheet, they type of musical score used by rock, pop and jazz musicians)
  • Write tunes in several different American Musical Tradition – country, rock, bluegrass, etc.
  • Transpose songs to accommodate needs of singers or instrumentalists
  • Export the lead sheet as a .pdf, .wav, .mp3 or .mid file for playback


  • Familiarity with music notation (treble clef notes, time values, rests, sharps/flats); 
  • Laptop computer with free MuseScore software installed and tested

(; and ability to print .pdf files at home with your laptop.
These classes cover material required for the follow-up class: COMPOSING MUSIC II.


Instructor: Priscilla Lee HellengaContact: schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com269-409-1191Set your day/time, all ages
Cost: $220.00 for 12 sessions at 30 minutesScholarships available
Description:Learn to read music by obtaining the basics of understanding music and the dynamics of music:  Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Dynamics, Timbre, Reading Music Scales, understand keys.
Prerequisite: purchase color-coded flash cards by Alfred.  Available on


Insturctor: D. Garth TaylorContact: schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com269-409-1191Age range: Middle/High School
3 to 5 students
Call to Schedule Date and Time
Cost: $260.00   
Scholarships available

Develop your musical technique and performance skills by playing in a band. The Music Ensemble will put together a small group of instrumentalists of a compatible skill level (including but not limited to guitar, bass, violin, flute, and piano) who will meet each week in a group lesson to learn/rehearse a repertoire of music; and then perform this repertoire in public settings, i.e. parks, Farmers Market, A&E Center recitals, etc. The music repertoire is based on American Music Styles: rock, folk, country, blues, bluegrass, jazz, religious. The repertoire will be presented in such a way that students are learning bite-size chunks of musical theory along the way. As the course develops, the learning will extend to improvisational techniques.
Requirements: Basic musical knowledge: the chromatic scale, ability to recognized notes on the treble clef staff, some sight reading. Guitar players should know how to build major/minor chord triads in the easy keys. Other instruments should be able to comfortable read and perform a melody line.

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