Welcome to the Department of Music and Dance!
We are approaching an enormous milestone in the history of education in the Rio Grande Valley. During this final year as UTPA, we will face transitions and uncertainties but be assured that the quality of education will flourish. Administrators, faculty, and staff are here to provide support and ensure that everything run as scheduled at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
This year we celebrate UTPA and look forward to an exciting future. The newly renovated B and C buildings of APAC (Academic and Performing Arts Center) look spectacular and we look forward to the completion of the auditorium in January 2015. This new facility offers students, faculty, and the community a place to experience and enjoy the arts and will positively propel our department thru the transition and into the University of Texas -Rio Grande Valley.
We offer undergraduate degrees in music and dance in the areas of performance and education (teacher certification). The graduate program has three concentrations in music: music education, performance, and ethnomusicology. For majors and students who are non-majors there are opportunities to participate in Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Ballet Folklorico, Modern Dance, Flamenco, Jazz Band, Mariachi, One o’clock Latin Band, and many other ensembles. These ensembles are offered each semester and perform on and off campus.
The Music and Dance Faculty are highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals who strive for excellence and offer the best education. They set high standards and expectations to help students reach goals and be competitive in the valley and beyond. We expect students to do their best, set their goals high, and embrace challenges and new ideas. To reiterate the words of Dr. Havidan Rodriguez’ “as administration, faculty, and students we have three main goals communication, cooperation, and collaboration.”
Best wishes for an outstanding 2014-15 school year.
Cynthia Cripps, DMA
Interim Chair of the Department of Music and Dance