The Frederick Douglas Hall Music Center, constructed in 1976, contains offices and classrooms for the Department of Music. A small recital hall is located in this facility, as well as practice rooms, studios, and an art gallery.

Choral Activities

Jazz Studies

Keyboard Studies

Music Education

Music Technology


The percussion studio at Jackson State University consists of students pursuing degrees in Music Performance (Instrumental), Jazz Studies (Instrumental), Music Education (Instrumental and Jazz), and Music Technology.

The JSU Percussion Ensemble includes music majors as well as non-music majors performing standard contemporary percussion literature, as well transcriptions of well-known popular, jazz and classical pieces. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in Room 105, the F.D. Hall Music Center. The ensemble performs at least once per semester, and select members may be asked to perform for special events in the community. Recent performances by the ensemble include: Spring Concert (4/7/2009); Mississippi Day of Percussion, (3/28/2009); Fall Concert, (11/16/2008); and a summer recording project by JSU Music Technology studio of Alice Gomez’s Rainbows used by Belhaven College Dancers on Fall Faculty Concert (10/12/2008).