NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Scholarship applications to attend fall classes in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music are due Aug. 1, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director.

"Serving approximately 200 students, the Music Preparatory Division is dedicated to the highest standard of music education, performance and outreach to the East Texas community," Barnett said.

Music Prep offers musical training on any level of proficiency. Overall musicianship is stressed in addition to the study of an instrument. Private music lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, fiddle, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar, voice, percussion, French horn, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and flute. Also, Music Prep offers an orchestra, Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, an adult piano class, music theory adventure classes and Kindermusik. Music Prep teaches all ages, from infants to 80 and beyond. Music therapy is also offered.

The Music Prep faculty is comprised of SFA School of Music faculty, SFA students and musicians from the community and the Houston area.

Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the website at:

New student registration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. Teachers will be present to advise students and parents on private lesson opportunities and group activities, Barnett said. Private 16-week lessons begin Monday, Aug. 24, and private 12-week lessons with SFA student instructors begin Monday, Sept. 14. Times and dates will be posted on the website at

For more information, contact Barnett at or (936) 468-1291.