Majoring in Music
The University of Texas at El Paso's Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree in four major areas: Education, Performance, Commercial Music, and Theory-and-Composition.The department also offers the Master of Music degree in two major areas: Education and Performance.Many of our graduates are professional performers and educators in the southwestern United States.
All candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree must declare a major instrument or voice as a performing medium. This instrument or voice should be studied for credit each semester in residence (summers excepted). Any standard band or orchestra instrument, keyboard or guitar may be chosen for major emphasis in the instrumental performance plan. In the music education plan, instrumental concentration, only standard band and orchestra instruments can be the performance area. Students in the music education plan, vocal concentration, must have voice as a major performing area. Students must audition for applied faculty for placement into MUSA 1195, applied study for music majors. Those not successfully placing into MUSA 1195 may take MUSA 1290, pre-major lessons, or MUSA 1274, Voice Class for vocal majors, for up to 2 semesters.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarships and Service Awards are available to qualified students from several sources. The student should consult the director of his major ensemble for information about scholarships. Service Awards for performance in major ensembles are renewable, as are scholarships.
The high school applicant who has a "B" average or higher may be eligible for an Academic Scholarship. Student loans and grant funds are administered by the Director of Financial Aid Office.
In some cases out-of-state tuition waivers are available to students with good academic credentials.
A minor in music is available for students majoring in other fields of study. Students may choose an applied music option or an academic music option.
The course catalog for these degrees may be viewed here: http://catalog.utep.edu/undergrad/college-of-liberal-arts/music/.
Preparing to be a Music Major
If you are thinking about enrolling as a music major, here are a few things you can do to increase your chances for high placement and scholarships:
- Make sure that you are participating in the music ensembles your current school offers.
- Take lessons in your performance area. Take piano classes or lessons.
- Find ways to study music theory. Ask your teachers for help and recommendations.
- Practice! The only way you really absorb information is to practice and study on your own while also studying with professionals.