NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Scholarship applications are now being accepted for music instruction through the Stephen F. Austin State University Music Preparatory Division. The partial tuition scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and can be applied to private lessons or group instruction.

Application forms are available on the division's Web site,, or may be picked up in the SFA School of Music Office located in Room 150 of the Wright Music Building.

All applications must be accompanied by a copy of pages one and two of the applicant's 2008 1040 Income Tax return or other proof of the previous year's income. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is Thursday, Aug. 6. Applications can be turned in to the SFA Music Office or mailed to SFA Music Preparatory Division, P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.

The Music Preparatory Division has been serving the greater East Texas area for 29 years, seeking to provide excellent musical training on any level of proficiency, said Pat Barnett, director.

"We offer private lessons for voice, piano, Suzuki violin, traditional violin/viola, classical and rock guitar, cello, harp, flute, percussion and other instruments as requested," said Barnett. "And we also offer Kindermusik classes for newborns through 5-year-olds, the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra for students in middle through high schools and an adult piano class.

For more information, please contact Barnett via e-mail at or call her at (936) 468-1291.