2017 Winter/Spring Classes at
Three Oaks Arts & Education Center
Classes start mid-January
Pre-registration required
All times are Eastern Time


Instructor: Evan Margol

Email to determine your day/time
Middle School/High School age students
Maximum of 4 students 10 weekly sessions of 90 minutes each

Cost:  $300.00    Scholarships available

Description: This course, held in our new, state-of-the-art Recording Studio, will enable any student to be prepared for audio recordings in today’s modern studio. Learn how to record live drums, guitars, vocals and bands in our acoustically tuned and treated performance room. Proper use of microphones, studio setup and software basics will be taught. This course will be as fun as it will be insightful. Featuring a very “hands on” approach, the student will quickly “get in the field” and start recording almost immediately. No materials necessary for this course, only your ears.



Instructor: D. Garth Taylor     
Contact: 269-409-1191

Age range: Middle/High School, 1 to 5 students

Starting Thursday, January 12th at 11:00 AM for 14 weekly sessions of 1 hour.

Cost: $300.00.  Scholarships available

Learn to:  Hear the rhythm and melody in daily life and write it as a tune in musical notation

  • Write tunes with chords and accompaniment (known as a Lead Sheet, they type of musical score used by rock/pop/jazz musicians)
  • Write tunes in several different American Musical Tradition – country, rock, bluegrass, etc.,  Transpose songs to accommodate needs of singers or instrumentalists,  Export the lead sheet as a .pdf, .wav, .mp3 or .mid file for playback


  • Familiarity with music notation (treble clef notes, time values, rests, sharps/flats)
  • Laptop computer with free MuseScore software installed and tested

(; and ability to print .pdf files at home with your laptop

These classes cover material required for the follow-up class: COMPOSING MUSIC II



Instructor: Priscilla Lee, Contact:

Starting Tuesday, January 31st, at 4:00 PM
Middle/High School age 2-5 students

14 weekly sessions of 1 hour each  
Cost: $280.00 Scholarships available

Description: Learn to read music by obtaining the basics of understanding music and the dynamics of music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Dynamics, Timbre, Reading Music Scales, understanding keys.
Prerequisite: purchase Color-Coded Flash Cards, by Alfred, available on



Instructor: D. Garth Taylor       
Contact: 269-409-1191

Age range: Middle/High School 3 to 5 students

Call to schedule start date, Wednesday, at 2:00 PM.
10 weekly sessions of 90 minutes

Cost: $260.00     Scholarships available

Description: Develop your musical technique and performance skills by playing in a band. The Music Ensemble will put together a small group of instrumentalists of a compatible skill level (including but not limited to guitar, bass, violin, flute, and piano) who will meet each week in a group lesson to learn/rehearse a repertoire of music; and then perform this repertoire in public settings, i.e. parks, Farmers Market, A&E Center recitals, etc. The music repertoire is based on American Music Styles: rock, folk, country, blues, bluegrass, jazz, religious. The repertoire will be presented in such a way that students are learning bite-size chunks of musical theory along the way. As the course develops, the learning will extend to improvisational techniques.

Requirements: Basic musical knowledge: the chromatic scale, ability to recognized notes on the treble clef staff, some sight reading. Guitar players should know how to build major/minor chord triads in the easy keys. Other instruments should be able to comfortable read and perform a melody line.


T’ai Chi Ch’uan

Teacher: Ed Vanek, certified T’ai Chi instructor
Days/Time: Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Cost: $10.00 each session

T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a traditional Chinese exercise practice for health, relaxation, meditation, and self-defense. The style of T’ai Chi taught is the Yang’s style, as developed by Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing (also called Cheng’s Style). T’ai Chi is a gentle exercise, which is suitable for people with a wide variety of physical conditions.

The movements are adjustable to fit the health and strength levels of each individual.



Musicians Wanted: Leader and participants for the Acoustic Jam Sessions at the Three Oaks Arts & Education Center. Please contact us if you are interested in helping to organize or participate in this activity. Musicians of all skill levels who just want to have some musical fun are welcome. Contact us at or call 269-409-1191