Frequently Asked Questions

How and when do students enroll for lessons?

Registration forms are available online as follows:

  • Fall semester - August 1
  • Spring semester - December 1
  • Summer semester - May 1

How is registration/tuition received?

Online registration is required from each student, every semester, including the summer session. 

The Community School accepts cash, money orders, checks (payable to Stetson University), and credit card transactions. Checks can be mailed in or submitted in person at Presser Hall. Credit card transactions can be done online with registration or over the phone at 386-822-8962. For security reasons, cash and money orders can only be submitted in person at Presser Hall during the main office hours, M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What happens after I register?

A teacher will contact you to set up a weekly time for your lessons. If you register at the begining of the semester, it may take a couple of weeks for a teacher to contact you. If you register mid-semester, it should only take a couple of days to be contacted by a teacher. 

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. 

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. Most semesters are 13 weeks long. The Community School of Music offers 13 half-hour lessons per semester. Student teachers may not teach during exams or break periods.

When do lessons begin and end?

There are 13 lessons offered in the fall and the spring semesters, 10 in the summer.  After you have registered, your teacher will contact you to arrange specific days and times for your lessons. Teachers need time at the beginning of each semester to arrange their own classes, rehearsals and work periods, so it may be two or three weeks after you have registered before your teacher contacts you. The lessons end when all 13 have been taken. The beginning and ending dates of the lessons can be flexible as long as all lessons paid for have been given and 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.