About Us

The Department of Music and Dance consists of over 260 music majors focused in the areas of applied music and music education and over 70 dance majors focusing in the areas of performance and secondary level dance education. The recently established-graduate program offers degrees in performance, music education, and ethnomusicology.

The music area of our department offers a major within the Bachelor of Arts degree and minors in Applied Music. In addition, it offers teaching fields for majors in both secondary and all-level Music Teacher Certification.

All students majoring in music and dance, in addition to taking courses in general education, theory, and literature of music and dance, pursue excellence in performance in their areas of major interest. Instruction is offered in modern dance, Folklorico, flamenco, ballet, voice, guitar, piano, and all of the instruments of the band and orchestra.

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and is a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS).


Mission Statement

The Department of Music and Dance of the University of Texas-Pan American is committed (1) to providing high-quality training in the areas of music education, music performance, and ethnomusicology at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students pursuing careers in music,(2) to offering a broad musical education in the liberal arts tradition to general students, and (3) to enhancing the multi-cultural musical environment of the community through the talents and expertise of its faculty and students.

The Department of Music and Dance of the University of Texas-Pan American seeks to fulfill its responsibilities through excellent teaching; appropriate course offerings; a wide variety of multi-cultural and multi-lingual performance opportunities that reflect the international character of the community; scholarly and creative contributions to the academic and general communities; and current equipment and facilities in which to perform those activities.


The department is housed in the Fine Arts Complex, which includes the 1,055 seat Fine Arts Auditorium, the 200 seat Recital Hall, two rehearsal halls, a class piano lab and computer-assisted theory and music history classrooms.

Fine Arts Auditorium
Fine Arts Auditorium

The university is in the process of building a new Fine Arts Auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,020. A new dance studio/black box theatre will also be in construction in 2011 in the Fine Arts Complex.



Tuition and Fees

The cost of attending The University of Texas-Pan American is relatively low — approximately $2,008 for residents of Texas and $5,858 for non-residents per semester in 2008-2009 for nine hours of required tuition and fees.

Housing Costs

The Edinburg region of Texas enjoys a relatively low cost of living. Affordable housing in apartments and in student housing is available.

More Information

The university has a more detailed listing of costs, here.


For more detailed information, please refer to

UTPA's Undergraduate or Graduate Catalogs
Admissions and Records
New Student Services
International Student Advisement Office at UTPA