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