School of Music Department Profile

 

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Department/School: School of Music

Vision: To be a leader in the education of musicians through the innovation and sustainable approaches to performance, research, and teaching, in a bilingual and multicultural environment.

Mission: The UTRGV School of Music prepares students to succeed as teachers, performers, and scholars by studying diverse musical styles, genres, and traditions; conducting research; and collaborating with each other as well as with local, national, and global communities. Through extensive community engagement, service learning, and exceptional performance opportunities, we expand the understanding of music and enrich the cultural life in our local society and beyond.


 

PROFILE

Majors:

Bachelor of Music BM (EC-12 Teacher Certification)

Bachelor of Music with a Major in Performance

Graduate Programs:                   

Master of Music in Music Education

Master of Music in Performance

Master of Music in Ethnomusicology

Master of Music in Conducting

Students

  • Number of Students: 425
  • Characteristics: Undergraduate- 408 Graduate- 17

Faculty

  • Number of Faculty: 48
  • Ranks: Professors- 12 Associate Prof.- 12 Assistant Prof.- 10 Lecturers- 14

Campus Program Offering

Bachelor of Music BM (EC-12 Teacher Certification)

Degree tracks in:

Voice- 100% offered on both campuses

Piano- 100% offered on both campuses

Guitar- 100% offered on both campuses

Winds, Brass and Percussion- 100% offered on both campuses

Strings- 100% offered in Edinburg. 82% offered in Brownsville.

Mariachi- 100% offered in Edinburg.

Bachelor of Music with a Major in Performance

Degree tracks in:

Voice- 100% offered on both campuses

Piano- 100% offered on both campuses

Guitar- 100% offered on both campuses

Winds, Brass and Percussion- 100% offered on both campuses

Strings- 100% offered in Edinburg. 82% offered in Brownsville.

 

Certificates

*Mariachi Certificate- 100% offered in Edinburg.

*Popular Music Certificate- 100% offered in Edinburg.

Jazz Studies Certificate- 100% offered in Brownsville. The Jazz program is a signature program based exclusively in Brownsville.

*As our new programs such as Mariachi and Popular Music grow they will be offered on both campuses.

*The ensemble experience at UTRGV School of Music-

Students in Choir, Band and Orchestra have the privilege of rehearsing and performing on both Brownsville and Edinburg campuses. These ensembles are made up of students from both campuses and represent the finest music students of the Rio Grande Valley.

Graduate programs-

Graduate academic courses are offered primarily in Edinburg. Graduate applied lessons are offered on both campuses.


Stats & Highlights:

  • 6 Active Student Organizations- The Vaquero Indoor Color Guard, RGV Percussion Club, Phi Boota Roota, Low Brass Club, Kappa Kappa Psi and Flautistas Association.
  • 100% job placement after graduation.
  • Students ensembles perform at conferences nationally and internationally. *Students attend workshops and competitions
  • Our students go on to become K-12 teachers, faculty at community colleges and go on to graduate studies.

Success Stories/”Bragging”:

  • Students have participated in prestigious summer workshops such as Aspen Music Festival and Round Top Festival.
  • Students have gone on to do graduate studies at prestigious music schools such as Indiana University, Rice University and Peabody Conservatory.
  • Saxophone Ensemble performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Andres Vela Won the Texas Music Festival Competition and as a result performed with orchestras in Europe.
  • Clyde Guerra was featured on La Voz, the popular Mexican equivalent of The Voice.

 

Traditions:

  • Advising Convocation
  • Freshman Open House

Mantra/Slogan: We will inspire artistry.