NASM STANDARDS / HANDBOOK
This section brings together the various components of important information regarding NASM standards and guidelines, including access to the text of the latest edition of the NASM Handbook and, when applicable, any addenda to the Handbook; any proposed revisions to NASM standards currently open for comment; and a more convenient place to access the Basic Competency Index for undergraduate degree programs in music housed on the Achievement and Quality Web site.
These are provided within this section as follows:
HANDBOOK AND ANY CURRENT ADDENDA
- NASM Handbook 2012-13 (PDF file)
Includes current NASM standards and guidelines for accredited institutional membership
for degree- and non-degree-granting institutions in music, as well as the Association's
Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Rules of Practice and Procedure. It incorporates
all recent revisions ratified by the NASM Membership and/or Board of Directors through November 2012.
Click here if you wish to download for reference the specific changes to the Handbook 2011-12 ratified by the Membership in November 2012. The revisions set forth in this document are incorporated into the text of the Handbook 2012-13; therefore, no addendum is required. This text is for reference purposes only.
PLEASE NOTE: All institutions and evaluators must follow standards and guidelines reflected in the latest edition of the NASM Handbook and any addenda current at the time of application.
PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE NASM HANDBOOK (when applicable)
- Standards Review
Whenever revisions to NASM standards and guidelines are open for comment, current drafts and instructions for comment will be found under Standards Review in this section of the Web site.
ARCHIVE: NASM HANDBOOKS AND ADDENDA OR APPROVED REVISIONS
- Basic Competency Index By Discipline and Specialization --
Undergraduate Degrees in Music
Provides a link to a resource from the Achievement and Quality: Higher Education in the Arts web site, which lists specializations for baccalaureate degrees in music, each linked to a parallel downloadable PDF enumerating detailed competencies for that specialization. Please note: The lists of competencies are derived from NASM accreditation standards for professional and liberal arts undergraduate degrees in music.