Michiana’s Musical Connection


Thanks again TCU!


he TCU Foundation has awarded the School of American Music a $3,000 grant to support the student scholarship program and after-school instruction for K-8 students in the River Valley School district.

“We are pleased to make this contribution,” said Angie Dvorak, TCU Vice President and Executive Director of the TCU Foundation. “Thank you for all that you do for students in the Harbor Country area.”

Thank you, TCU! 


After-school guitar and holiday songs at Three Oaks Elementary School



On Wednesday, Oct. 19. 2022, Tom Parisi, Guitar Instructor at the School of American Music, made his debut as the After-School Guitar Instructor at Three Oaks Elementary School.

The School of American Music has provided music lessons and enrichment to the local elementary schools for the past 5 years under the leadership of Executive Director Donna Mitchell. She is also organizing a Holiday Singing class at Three Oaks Elementary in November and December. For more information call  (269) 409-1191.

Our Mission

The School of American Music is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents and visitors to participate in the arts and educational programs.

Donate to SAM

The School of American Music is on a 10-year campaign to raise an endowment that will guarantee SAM’s financial future. We could use your help.

Ron Spears Named
President-Elect of SAM!

Founder and current president, Garth Tayler will remain on the board.

Learn About Our

Guitar Lessons

Great Teachers!

The School of American Music offers private, one-on-one lessons at its studios on the second floor of the Three Oaks Library, 3 Elm Street and at the Three Oaks Arts and Education Building 14 Maple Street in Three Oaks. The lessons are taught by highly qualified instructors who are also performing musicians. SAM’s teaching philosophy emphasizes one-to-one instruction and public performance with twice-yearly recitals and other performance opportunities.

Most lessons are available for children and adults at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency, and musical styles taught include contemporary, classical, jazz, blues, gospel. bluegrass, and rock-n-roll.

Great Events

The School of American Music creates, produces, sponsors and presents a wide variety of events for music lovers in the Michiana and Harbor Country areas. Private parties, fundraising events, school programs, Harbor Country Singers and free Family Concerts are presented year-round.
Concerts are presented at the Spring Creek Stage in back of the SAM Arts and Education Building at 14 Maple Street, Three Oaks and at indoor locations such as local churches, Vickers Theater, Acorn Theater, etc.
A&E Building

Rich Heritage

From a single student in April 2012, SAM has grown to serve more than 100 students per year, half of whom are supported by scholarships. Most lessons are available at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and offered to both children and adults. We are a not-for-profit 501 c3 and welcome all donations.

The School of American Music was founded by D. Garth Taylor to serve as a music resource in Michiana. Currently serving as President of SAM, Taylor has been joined over the years by Executive Director, Donna M. Mitchell and a full Board of Directors.


To support the arts in the Michiana Region


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