University of Texas at El Paso

Janeth Ross 6th Period

Scholarship Persuasive Essay

Being able to successfully go through programs that a university has to offer is a huge success. Many end up dropping out, or failing their classes because the classes they had were too much they could handle. However, I have never given up on something I know is achievable, which is why I believe I would make a perfect candidate to be admitted into the music program of the University of Texas at El Paso. I am dedicated and have good work ethic, both of which I believe will help my overall success.

Many could be born geniuses, but their dedication will determine the amount of success they are able to accomplish. I have been in orchestra for the past seven years of my life. It has been a great experience to be able to study an instrument so intricately as to be able to recognize a note simply through the sound of it. It did take hard working to get where I am now, and it never came easy. I was never the best player in the class, yet I always found ways to excel because of my dedication to becoming better. In my second year of high school, there was all-region tryouts, which can get competitive as everyone who goes already sounds like a professional. Of course I did not let that affect my performance that I put months of practice into. After the auditions I saw that I had been seated in chair number five out of fifty. I knew that because of my constant practicing and dedication I ended up being seated in one of the higher chairs. My dedication would help me succeed in the rigorous environment that is university.

In order to succeed in something, it is important to be able to work efficiently with the resources provided. Good work ethic can make school work, sports, and extracurricular activities a lot easier to manage while still maintaining high grades. There resides a boundary where it is okay to joke around and where there needs to be seriousness. Recognizing where this boundary resides can be extremely beneficial. Knowing this has allowed me to be able to stay on top of my school work while still having time to relax. It has allowed me to take the time to thoroughly comprehend each and every subject I have as a class. My grades have benefited as I was able to maintain a constant GPA of 3.7 throughout all four years of high school. This characteristic of good work ethic will help me be the best candidate for you to accept into the university. It will allow me to thrive for many years to come.

Undoubtedly, I will amount to great success in the University of Texas at El Paso if I am admitted. I have dedication to be successful, which will help keep me going even when obstacles may be intimidating, and good work ethic that will help me stay on top of my work. My dream has always been to become a music teacher, and I believe that your university will help me achieve my goal.

Letter of Recommendation

To whom it may concern:

I am writing this reference for the admission of Janeth Ross in the Music Program for the University of Texas at El Paso. I have been Janeth’s Orchestra teacher for the past four years at El Prado High school and I am pleased to say that I am living proof of Ms.Ross' incredible violin skills. Also, the work ethic and classroom attitude she has is spectacular.

I highly recommend Ms.Ross for the music program because she has continuously demonstrated how practice in fact makes perfection. During the years that I have had the honor to be her teacher, the improvement she has made from her first contest in her freshman year, to the last UIL competition she competed in, is incredible. Her dedication towards playing the instrument, and her passion she has for the music constantly inspires myself to keep practicing. However, Ms.Ross is full of amazing qualities.

Besides her incredible music skills, Ms.Ross is an excellent student in general. Her grades are exemplary and she has an amazing dedication towards school. Ms.Ross’ desire for success is leading her on the right path and I am a witness of it all. With further education, I am sure, she will be able to accomplish her dream of being a music teacher. Her admirable skills have demonstrated that she will have a brilliant future, and the admission for the Music Program at the University of Texas at El Paso will be another step for success. If you want to discuss any matter regarding Ms.Ross, contact me at or via phone: (123) 456 7890.

Best Regards,

Giselle Tank

Music Department Chair

Orchestra/ Choir Teacher

El Prado High School

El Paso, TX 53980

Tel: (123) 456 7890


Cover Letter

Johnathan Smith

Corodo High School

100 Champions Ship

El Pasto, TX 73857

May 23, 2015

Dear Mr. Smith,

I am applying for a teaching position as the orchestra director. I graduated in 2024 from the University of Texas at El Paso with qualifications to teach high school students. I have experiences in being a student aid in the same age range that I am applying to teach for in your school.

During my college experience, I learned new and valuable techniques on how to approach students who are learning an instrument. Specifically a playing project we had to do where an individual had to lead two different sections on music they hadn't even seen before. I was nominated by my peers to lead the sections, which seems like an impossible task. I had no idea how I would manage to play my own part while looking at another section’s part that was written in another clef. I had twenty-four hours to prepare and within that time I realized that what I was doing was much like teaching. In order to be able to fully lead both sections at a time, I had to know the material inside out myself. If i don’t know what I’m teaching, I couldn't possibly expect someone to learn it flawlessly. This simple exercise taught me to be responsible, aware of others, and it gave me insight into what I can do to help others learn with more ease.

It is my goal to be able to give others the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument with as much enthusiasm as I would be to teach them. It would be an honor to give many that experience that I had growing up. I am sure that it will make a positive impact on the student’s lives for the better as they will now have more modes of expression.


Janeth Ross

23745 Green Rd.

(123) 456 7890(h)

(123) 456 7890(c)


Janeth Ross

2758 Car Rd.

Lubbock, Texas 73929

Phone: (123) 456-7890

Fax: (123) 456-7890



Obtain a full-time orchestra teaching position with the El Pado Independent School District. Dedicated and eager to teach students from the grades of 9-12.


Student teacher, Stars High School, tar TX

September 2013- March 2014

  • Taught students how to play the all-region excerpts for both district and state.
  • Helped teacher teach students name the strings and notes.

Teacher volunteer, Rio Tan Auditorium, El Paso TX

April 2014-July 2014

  • Showed students how to achieve a perfect playing position.
  • Gave students a way to overcome stage fright.
  • Helped high school students reach shifting positions up to ninth position.

Teacher, Maya High School, Lubbock, TX

August 2014-June 2018

  • Hired full-time to teach students the orchestra curriculum
  • Taught students how to play instruments
  • Helped bring understanding to shifting methods
  • Taught dozens of rhythms to students in various positions

Certifications May 2024


  • Received Music Teachers National Association Certification to be able to teach students how to play instruments


High school Diploma June 2018

  • Received a high school diploma from El Door High School

College Masters Diploma May 2024

  • Received masters diploma in general music for student education in orchestra


  • Trialing- English, Spanish, French
  • Can create lesson plans
  • Plays over four instruments
  • Knows the different Orchestra clefs
  • Has patience when working with others


Student teacher, Stars High School, El Dar TX

Teacher volunteer, Rio Tan Auditorium, El Tar TX

Teacher, Maya High School, Lubbock TX

College/Career Presentation

University of Texas at El Paso

Mascot: Paydirt Pete

College History and Origin

Class of 1920

In 1913 the 33rd Texas legislature created the State School of Mines and Metallurgy at El Paso. It officially opened its doors by September 23, 1914. It was made part of the University of Texas in 1919. For the first years, the only degree the university offered was the Engineer of Mines. With time, the Mining Engineering offered more options such as Mining Geology, Mining, and Metallurgy. In 1964, the Mining Engineering was dropped and only Metallurgical Engineering and Geology remained, which became part of the school's legacy.

The University of Texas at El Paso is now the third largest traditional metallurgical engineering program in the country. Despite the many changes to the school, the department of Metallurgical Engineering still continues their traditions for the past nightie years.

This university was originally located on Ft. Bliss, but a fire destroyed the campus and the university relocated to where it is now. The first Dean of the college from 1914-1923 was named Steven Worrell, whose wife,Kathleen Worrell, is credited for bringing the Bhutanese dzong architecture style to campus. The first building, Old Main, was built in 1917 and has symbols of unity and wholeness representing it.

The University originally opened with 27 students, and by fall of 2011 enrollment reached a record breaking 22,640 students, and most got accepted as they have an 100% acceptance rate as of 2012.

College Fight Song

Admission Requirements

High School Rank                 

Top 25%                                                                                                                           Minimum SAT (Verbal+Math) - No Minimum                                                                   Minimum ACT (Composite) - No Minimum                                           

Second 25%                                                                                                                      Minimum SAT (Verbal+Math) - 920                                                                                   Minimum ACT (Composite) - 19  

Third 25%                                                                                                                              Minimum SAT (Verbal+Math) - 970                                                                              Minimum ACT (Composite) - 20  

Fourth 25% & No HS Rank, GED                                                                                         Minimum SAT (Verbal+Math) - 1010                                                                          Minimum ACT (Composite) 21                     

Admission data (2013):
  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 100%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
  • SAT Critical Reading: 390 / 500
  • SAT Math: 420 / 530
  • SAT Writing: - / -
  • ACT Composite: 17 / 22
  • ACT English: 15 / 21
  • ACT Math: 17 / 23

Student life


Also known as Texas College of Mines Day, this has been the longest running tradition on campus. Those who decide to participate to three things: 1. Remember the university's roots of mining and engineering. 2. Pay homage to the patron saint of engineering, Saint Patrick. 3. To  grow their school spirit of being UTEP Miners. there are team building activities throughout the day such as painting green lines and whitewashing the M.

Costs and Tuition

My Degree Plan

1. Performance Designated Core                                                                             _____ MUSL 1321 - Intro to Music History

2. University Core Curriculum                                                                                             Communication                                                                                                                     _____ RWS 1301 - Rhetoric and Composition                                                                     _____ COMM 1611 - Written and Oral Communication                                       American History                                                                                                                 _____ HIST 1301 - History of the United States                                                                  _____ HIST 1302 - History of the United States since 1865                                               Language, Philosophy & Culture                                                                                        _____ ENGL 2311 - English Literature Through the Eighteenth Century                              Mathematics                                                                                                                        _____ MATH 1319 - Math in the Modern World                                                             Life and Physical Sciences                                                                                                   _____ ASTR 1107 -Astronomy Laboratory                                                                         _____ BIOL 1103 - Introductory Biology Lab                                                              Political Science                                                                                                                 _____ POLS 2310 - Introduction to Politics                                                                 _____ POLS 2311 - American Government and Politics                                             Social and Behavioral Sciences                                                                                        _____ ANTH 1301 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology                  Creative Arts                                                                                                                      _____ ART 1300 - Art Appreciation                                                                                    Component Area Option                                                                                                    _____  BUSN 1301 - Introduction to Global Business                                                      _____ COMM 1301 - Public Speaking

3. Instrumental Track Music                                                                                         _____ MUSA 1091 - Student Recital Lab                                                                          _____ MUSA 1165 - Chamber/Music Accompanying                                                         _____  MUSA 2033 - Instrumental Conducting Lab                                                         _____ MUSA 1195 - Individual Instruction                                                                         _____ MUSA 3295 - Individual Instruction upper level                                                     _____ MUSA 1261 - Orchestra Strings                                                                            _____ MUSA 2267 - Secondary instruct- Woodwinds                                                         _____ MUSA 2272 - Piano Class IV                                                                                   _____ MUSA 3331 - Instrumental Conducting                                                                   _____ MUSA 3333 - Advanced Conducting                                                                       _____ MUSL 1321 - Introduction to Music History                                                              _____ MUSL 3321 - Music History Survey I                                                                          _____ MUSL 3322 - Music History Survey II                                                                       _____ MUST 1111 - Aural Skills I                                                                                       _____ MUST 1112 - Aural Skills II                                                                                       _____ MUST 1313 - Music Theory I                                                                                    _____ MUST 1314 - Music Theory II                                                                                  _____ MUST 2111 - Aural Skills III                                                                                     _____ MUST 2112 - Aural Skills IV                                                                                    _____ MUST 2313 - Music Theory III                                                                                _____ MUST 2314 - Music Theory IV                                                                             _____ MUST 2314 - Music Theory IV

My Career Description

A music teacher is someone who teaches others how to play instruments. Particularly in my case, string instruments.

The Average salary for a music teacher ranges from $30,000 to $71,181.

The current demand for music teachers has never been high until recently. The demand has been steadily increasing as people grow aware of the vital role it plays in a child's development.

String music teachers have to learn to play a variety of string instruments such a cello, viola, violin, and bass. They must be able to play well on all of these instruments while knowing the different clefs. They must be able to understand the instruments so well as to teach someone else from scratch. Some things they will have to teach students would be string names, rhythms, how to stay in pace, how to tune, how to take care of their instrument, how to shift, and much more.  

Job Requirements

Most employers only require for musics teachers to have at least a bachelor of arts in Music of Music Education. They must also be proficient in at least one instrument, with many classes of Music Theory haven been taken.

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