My daughter is working toward a minor in English. She is also a musician, and is finding the time for private lessons and recitals, jazz combos and plays in a church worship band. She came in with 32 hours of AP credit, but with her music activities, found it impossible to go for a double major. She has had to miss a band concert because of dance performances. It would be easier to double major if the student is a BA in dance rather than a BFA. That is a decision that the faculty makes after the first year for those that apply to the BFA program.
As far as Jackson goes, the University is in a nice part of town. The Belhaven neighborhood has been selected as one of the best neighborhoods in the nation. Yes, it seems to be a very nurturing atmosphere.