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
Approved revisions included in the latest edition of the NASM Handbook. The following addendum is provided as documentation of revisions to the NASM Handbook 2014-15 ratified by the Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community College Accreditation, and Membership in May 2015. Please note that these revisions were incorporated into and are thus not needed for use with the NASM Handbook 2014-15.
- Addendum to the NASM Handbook 2014-15: July 2015 (PDF)
Revisions to the Rules of Practice and Procedure, Part II, and Standards for Accreditation ratified by the Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community College Accreditation, and Membership during a special vote-by-email in May 2015.
PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE NASM HANDBOOK (when applicable)
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
Archive: NASM Handbooks and Revisions
This section archives past NASM Handbooks and documents changes since 2001.
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.