Public Notice: Comprehensive Review of Standards Pertaining to Free-Standing Music Institutions of Higher Education and Proprietary Institutions


October 7, 2019

In August 2015, NASM began a multi-year review of its standards and guidelines. The first phase of the review focused on the standards of graduate studies in music. The second phase focused on the standards for undergraduate studies in music. The third phase focused on non-degree-granting studies in music. The fourth phase focused on the standards pertaining to purposes and operations, two-year degree-granting studies, and applicable appendices. This phase will focus on specific operational standards for free-standing music institutions of higher education and specific operational standards for proprietary institutions of higher education.

The comment period extends from October 7 to December 20, 2019. We invite all representatives of member institutions, constituencies, music professionals, deans, accreditors, students, interested parties, and the general public to engage in this review. The comments received in this comment period will influence any proposals for changes to the standards.

Hearings on the standards under review will be held on Sunday, November 24 from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. and Monday, November 25 from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. at the NASM 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. This current review will not result in a projected vote in November of 2019.

Please click here to download a copy of the current standards under review.

Please visit Comprehensive Standards Reviews for more information regarding the NASAD comprehensive standards review process. You may also find helpful information, instructions, and a Response Form by visiting Reviewing and Commenting on NASAD Standards, as well as Frequently Asked Questions regarding the NASM standards in general and the standards review process.

Please forward comments by December 20, 2019 to:

Jenny Kuhlmann
Communications and Publications Coordinator
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF MUSIC
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190
Phone: 703-437-0700, Extension 112