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David L. Walters Department of Music

Areas of Instruction and Eligibility

Lessons are available in the areas of piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola and cello.

Eligibility is as follows:

1st grade and above
6th grade and above
2nd grade and above
Age 4 and above
Age 4 and above
Age 4 and above


All lessons are held on the campus of Jacksonville State University in Mason Hall. The teacher and student will meet for the first lesson in the breezeway of Mason Hall, after which the teacher will walk the student to a departmental practice room used for teaching. The student will thereafter meet the teacher in the practice room. Parents are welcomed to observe the lessons anytime. A lounge is available in the department for parents.


Students and parents can park near Mason Hall on Coffee Circle after 4:00 p.m. Parking is available in the purple-zoned spaces behind Mason Hall off Forney Avenue at all other times


Twelve private lessons will be scheduled during the semester. The lessons occur weekly during after-school hours or on weekends. The teacher will contact you within two weeks of application deadline to determine a time and day of the week that is agreeable to both of you. The teacher and student will sign a lesson chart outside of Room 223 following each lesson.

Music Materials

The purchase of music is the responsibility of the student. Teachers will either tell the student/parent which books to buy and where, or buy them for the student and expect reimbursement. Cost should not exceed $20.00 per semester.


Student recitals will be presented at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters. The recitals will take place at the Mason Hall Performance Center.

Special Events

Numerous concerts, many of which are free, are presented through the JSU David L. Walters Department of Music that will enrich the student's understanding of music. Visit the Event Calendar on the departmental website for more information.

Absence Policy

Students that must cancel a weekly lesson are requested to give their teacher as much advance notice as possible. Lessons cancelled will be rescheduled at the convenience of the teacher. Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled at a time agreed upon by both parties. Cancellation and rescheduling is only allowed twice per semester. There will be no rescheduling past this limit, only the resuming of weekly lessons.

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