Frequently Asked Questions

How and when do students enroll for lessons?

Registration forms are available online as follows:

  • Fall semester - August 1 - September 15
  • Spring semester - December 1 - January 15
  • Summer semester - May 1 - June 15

If you'd like to start lessons after the registration deadline for any session, you may contact Kirsten Shippert at (386) 822-8962.

Should I register for half-hour or hour-long lessons?

Half-hour lessons are ideal for beginning students. Serious students who've been studying for at least a year may want to consider hour-long lessons. Talk with your teacher to see if hour-long lessons would benefit you. if you're new to the Community School, the Community School Director can help you assess what length of lesson is best for you. You're welcome to contact her at or (386) 822-8962 with any questions. 

How can I pay the tuition?

If you'd like to pay upfront, you can pay online through the registration form, by selecting "Credit Card" or "eCheck" as your payment method. You may also pay by check (payable to Stetson University), cash, or money order in person at Presser Hall. Checks may also be mailed to: 

Stetson Univeristy Community School of Music
421 N Woodland Blvd, Unit 8399
Deland, FL 32723

We also offer monthly and bi-weekly payment plans. These can be set up to auto-pay through a credit card, debit card, or bank draft. You may also pay by check, cash, or money order on a monthly or bi-weekly basis. If you'd like to set up a payment plan, please select "Payment Plan" as your payment method on the registration form. You will then be contacted by the Community School Director to make the appropriate arrangements.

What if I'm a Stetson student?

Stetson students who are not majoring or minoring in music can take lessons through the Community School of Music. Community School of Music lessons cannot be taken for credit, and are considered an extra-curricular activity. The regular Community School of Music tuition applies to Stetson students as well, and cannot be covered by university tuition payments or financial aid. You're welcome to contact the Community School of Music office at or (386) 822-8962 with any questions.

What happens after I register?

Your teacher will contact you to set up a weekly time for your lessons. You will be contacted within a week of registration. 

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans are available, and can be set up to auto-pay. Contact Kirsten Shippert at 386-822-8962 or for details.

When are lessons held?

Lesson times are decided between each student and teacher individually so that your lesson time is most convenient for you and for your teacher. Once we've received your registration, your teacher will contact you to schedule your lessons. 

Where are lessons taught?

Lessons are taught in practice rooms on the third floor of Presser Hall.

Where should I park?

Presser Hall is the School of Music building where you may drop off and pick up your student. Due to fire codes, the loop is not a waiting area. However, you may park in the Presser Hall parking lot or the Lynn Business Center parking lot, just across Michigan Avenue from Presser Hall. If you would like to display a parking pass on your dashboard, please contact the Community School of Music office.

There is also some visitor parking behind DuPont-Ball Library. To reach the visitor parking lot near the library, take East Michigan Avenue to Amelia Avenue, turn left on Amelia Avenue and then turn left on Arizona Avenue.

You may also consult the campus parking map to find other visitor parking areas. Faculty and Staff parking areas are open to visitors after 4:30 p.m. 

How long is the semester?

The Community School of Music follows the Stetson University's semester schedule. Fall and Spring semesters include 13 weekly lessons, the summer session includes 10. Student teachers may not teach during exams.

When do lessons begin and end?

Lessons can begin at any point during the registration period, depending on your and your teacher's schedules, and are completed when all the scheduled lessons have been taken. 

What if I miss a lesson?

Students pay for all lessons regardless of whether or not they are present for them. Make-up lessons are offered at the discretion of the teachers, but they are not required to do so. No special time is reserved for make-up lessons. Missed lessons due to teacher absences will be made up by arrangement between the student and the teacher.  Be certain to get your teacher's contact information in case you need to cancel a lesson.

What resource materials will I need?

Instrument rental and the purchase of sheet music and method books are the responsibility of the student. These costs are not reflected in tuition fees. All questions about materials should be directed to the individual teacher.

Do students perform in recitals?

Community School of Music recitals are a new addition to our program and information about these recitals will be made available to students and parents after they've registered. Individual teachers may also choose to hold their own recitals. The Young Singers and Youth String concerts take place at the conclusion of each semester.