The mission of the School of American Music is to provide education, performance, and audience opportunities in music, and related arts, in the Southwest Michigan area.


  • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING – offer programs only when there are highly qualified people to lead them
  • OPENNESS – operate a community institution based on transparency, fairness and openness to all in participation and governance
  • SUSTAINABILITY – ensure financial security and the ability to continue to provide programs
  • AFFORDABILITY – keep fees low and provide scholarships when needed
  • SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS & TEACHERS – they are vital to our quality of life