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The School of American Music has received a $10,000 grant from the Pokagon Fund, which enables SAM to extend its need-based scholarship program this summer up to 100 percent of the cost of lessons.

“With families feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going into an economically difficult time,” says SAM President Garth Taylor. “Music is important, especially now when we need an escape from the bad news while we wait for the pandemic to end. This helps us to help our community in this time of need.”

To meet safety concerns, SAM offers music lessons in several formats: online, via Zoom and other software; socially distanced face-to-face lessons starting the week of June 7 at the Three Oaks Arts and Education Center (14 E. Maple St.), and when the Governor allows, socially distanced face-to-face lessons in its studios at the Three Oaks Public Library.

SAM guitar student Ace Folsom comments, “I have been taking online lessons for two months. I’m very glad for it. They are an import part of my day and keep me focused on learning music and guitar without interruption.”

SAM is seeking additional support to extend its up-to-100 percent scholarship program for the year. “We want everyone to take advantage of this program,” says Taylor, “all ages, new students, returning students, home school students.” To inquire about lessons, or to donate to support the scholarship fund, contact schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or phone 269-409-1191.

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