Classes are returning to the School of American Music’s studios on the second floor of the Three Oaks Library, according to Executive Director Donna Mitchell. In addition, music lessons will continue at the school’s Arts & Education (A&E) facility and via virtual programs like Zoom.
It all depends on teachers’ class loads, the library’s opening schedule and the convenience of teachers, students and students’ families. For example, “it’s not unusual to have multiple families with multiple students, taught by multiple instructors,” Mitchell comments. “In these cases, we can have all the teachers work out of the A&E Center so families don’t need to move between buildings.”
SAM is observing COVID-19 protocols at both its library studios and the A&E Center, she continues. Students and teachers are keeping six feet apart and wearing masks, and staff is sterilizing surfaces between lessons and making hand sanitizer available. The school has filed a preparedness plan with the library based on a State of Michigan template.
All library studios have been cleaned and sanitized, and furniture and instruments have been repositioned to accommodate social distancing for students and the families that accompany them, Mitchell concludes.
The Three Oaks Library is located at 3 North Elm St. and the A&E Center is at 14 Maple St., both in downtown Three Oaks, Mich. Now in its eighth year, SAM offers lessons in a broad variety of instruments and voice. It welcomes child, teen and adult students and has a liberal scholarship program.