NASM Brochures and Advisory Papers
The hyperlinks in titles below access PDF documents or, in some cases, separate web pages containing links to PDF documents, unless stated otherwise.
Advisories on Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health: NASM-PAMA. The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have jointly authored a set of resource documents intended to assist institutions and programs in promoting the best possible conditions for neuromusculoskeletal and vocal health in schools and music units. This section of the Web site provides a tool kit of documents addressing the risk of various medical conditions and disorders, as well as treatment options. The information is generic, presentational, and advisory in character and is oriented far more to musicians and lay persons than to medical, scientific, or research professionals concerned with neuromusculoskeletal
and vocal health.
Advisories for Music Faculty and Administrators: NASM Standards. Statements in the areas listed below were developed by the Association to facilitate understanding among music faculty and administrators of music units regarding specific NASM standards. All statements are downloadable in PDF format at no charge, and may be found on the page by the same title. These statements are:
- An Advisory for Music Faculty and Administrators: NASM Standards for
~ History and Repertory
~ Purposes (replaces the previously titled "Mission, Goals, and Objectives")
~ The Liberal Arts Degree in Music
- Notes for Music Faculty and Administrators: Standards for Composition/Improvisation and History/Repertory in Undergraduate Professional Degrees in Music
Advisories on Federal Issues: Compendium. The advisories by NASM provide information on a number of recently implemented federal regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education that affect institutions of higher education.
Advisories on Hearing Health: NASM-PAMA. The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have jointly authored a set of resource documents intended to assist institutions and programs in promoting the best possible conditions for hearing health in schools and music units. This section of the Web site provides a tool kit of documents addressing the risk of noise-induced hearing loss, a widespread and serious public health issue for musicians and others. The information is generic, presentational, and advisory in character and is oriented far more to musicians and lay persons than to medical, scientific, or research professionals concerned with hearing health.
Resources for Institutional Representatives of NASM:
~ NASM Institutional Representatives
~ How to be an Official Institutional Representative to NASM
~ NASM Internal Communications Worksheets
Accreditation Information for Faculty
Characteristics of NASM Standards
Acoustics for Performance, Rehearsal, and Practice Facilities. Provides information for the development and improvement of spaces for musical rehearsal and performance. Available in hard copy only. $10.00
Advisory Statement on Musical Theatre Programs
Advisory Statement: Rationales for Private Instruction in Music Degrees
Basic Value of Music Study presents ideas, approaches, and resources for music executives and faculty to consider in developing philosophies regarding the value of music study.
Code of Good Practice for the Accreditation Work of NASM
Definitions of Institutional Membership and Membership Categories
Getting Your Bearings: An Introduction to NASM
Guide to State Arts Agencies for Professional Music Training Institutions, A
Historical Perspectives 1924-1999 highlights the Association's first 75 years; its achievements and contributions toward education in music.
NASM Information Brochure
K-12 Teacher Shortages: An Open Letter to Music Faculty in Higher Education
from the NASM Executive Committee
National Financial Aid Protocols: Music Students Beginning a Degree or Diploma Program
This statement was developed by NASM based on the principles outlined in the NASM Code of Ethics. This document may be used in whole or in part by institutions as a basis for developing institutional financial aid protocols or information for potential or enrolled students.
Philosophy for Accreditation in the Arts Disciplines
Why NASM Institutional Membership is Important:
An Overview for Collegiate Music Faculty