El Paso - Texas Music Education Primer


Number of TMEP Listings: 2

City: El Paso

El Paso Community College | Music Department

  • 9050 Viscount Boulevard, El Paso, TX 79925-6511
  • (915) 831-2490 (915) 831-2000
  • Dr. Armin Harrison; Ruben Ochotorena, Instructional Dean/Communications and Fine Arts
  • Website link
  • Music Department Statistics
    • Year department established: 1975
    • Undergraduate students: 387
    • Graduate students: 0
    • Doctoral students: 0
    • Full-time professors: 2
    • Part-time instructors: 18
    • Student-Teacher ratio: 12:1
    • Undergraduate degree hours needed: 64
    • (within major: NA;
    • within minor: NA)
    • Teaching certification: no
    • Internship required: no
    • Recording facility: yes
    • Scholarships available: no
  • We do not have any scholarships in the music department.
  • Scholarship coordinator and phone: Lucy Scarbrough at (915) 831-2454.
  • Accreditations/Affiliations: Southern Association of Colleges; Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • El Paso Community College's Music Department offers an Associate of Arts and Sciences. The program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the field of music and covers the first two years of the four-year bachelor's degree in music. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should check degree requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer. The music major must complete a balanced program, including music theory, music literature, applied music and performance ensembles. In applied music, the music major must select a principal instrument and a secondary instrument. Both the principal instrument and the secondary instrument must be taken by individual instruction; the principal instrument in two credit-hour courses. Piano must be included as either the principal instrument or as the secondary instrument. The entire core curriculum is transferable to any public Texas institution of higher learning.
  • Performance opportunities include the Concert Choir (35 members; Dr. Lucy Scarbrough 915-831-2454), the Jazz Ensemble (16 members; Thomas Fraga 915-858-2301) and a guitar ensemble.
  • Performance facilities include the Forum at the Transmountain Campus (380 seats; Dr. Lucy Scarbrough 915-831-2454).
  • Overall enrollment: 18,850
  • Typical undergraduate tuition: $822


University of Texas at El Paso | Department of Music

  • 500 University Avenue, Fox Fine Arts Center, Room M-301, El Paso, TX 79968
  • (915) 747-6626 (915) 747-7804
  • Steve Wilson, Department Chair; Dr. Patricia Witherspoon, College of Liberal Arts Dean; Oscar Macchioni, Assistant Chair
  • Website link
  • Music Department Statistics
    • Year department established:
    • Undergraduate students: 310
    • Graduate students: 30
    • Doctoral students: 0
    • Full-time professors: 27
    • Part-time instructors: 8
    • Student-Teacher ratio: 10:1
    • Undergraduate degree hours needed: 120
    • (within major: NA;
    • within minor: NA)
    • Teaching certification: yes
    • Internship required: yes
    • Recording facility: no
    • Scholarships available: yes
  • Scholarships are offered and range from $500-$6,000. Students must audition for consideration, and both talent and academic performance are taken into consideration.
  • Scholarship coordinator and phone: Department of Music at (915) 747-5606.
  • Accreditations/Affiliations: National Association of Schools of Music; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • University of Texas at El Paso Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance (keyboard, band/orchestra, vocal), Music Theory and Composition, Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music, Master of Music Education, and a Master of Music in Performance with an emphasis in conducting, instrumental/vocal performance or theory/composition. Performance opportunities: University of Texas El Paso Bands (Dr. Bradley Genevro, Director of Bands), Orchestras (Dr. Lowell E. Graham, Director of Orchestral Activities), Choirs (Dr. Elisa Wilson, Director of Choral Activities), Opera (Cherry Duke, Director of Opera UTEP), Jazz Bands (Erik Unsworth, Director), Commercial Music Ensembles (Dr. Chris Reyman, Director), Mariachi Mineros (Dr. Curtis Tredway, Director), Arabic Music Ensemble (Dr. Andrea Shaheen, Director). Performance facilities include the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall (485 seats) and Magoffin Auditorium (1,200 seats).
  • Performance opportunities: University of Texas El Paso Band (Ron Hufstader, Director), Orchestra (Lowell Graham, Director), Choir (William McMillan, Director), Jazz Bands (Erik Unsworth Director), and Opera (Elisa Wilson).
  • Performance facilities include the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall (485 seats) and Magoffin Auditorium (1,200 seats).
  • Overall enrollment: 24,000
  • Typical undergraduate tuition: 4,006
  • Classical, Mariachi



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