The School of American Music (SAM) is offering online courses in Piano, Violin, Voice Guitar, Ukulele and Mountain Dulcimer, effective immediately. Under Michigan guidelines, the school has suspended face-to-face lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAM has been offering virtual lessons for existing students. It is now opening that option for new students, too.
In response to the economic hardship the pandemic has created, scholarships for SAM lessons are readily available from SAM’s scholarship fund, and the school is working to augment the fund by raising additional scholarship money.
According to SAM President Garth Taylor, the school’s staff and directors have been working to provide remote teaching capabilities and trying out various platforms. “These are unusual times that require unusual approaches,” Taylor says. “The need for music education hasn’t stopped because of the coronavirus, and it’s our job to find a safe, effective way to deliver lessons.”
Executive Director Donna Mitchell adds, “Our primary platform for online lessons is Zoom, but individual instructors have been experimenting with Google Meet and other platforms.” She adds that many of the details of online lessons are being left to individual instructors and students, including which meeting platform is used and lesson days and times.
For information about online lessons, call SAM at 269-409-1191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, go to the Courses tab on this website, scroll down and click on the Register Online button.