NASM encourages institutions to consolidate, coordinate, or correlate accreditation reviews with other internal or external reviews of the music unit. The National Office staff will facilitate consolidation or coordination consistent with NASM procedures, and will do everything possible to help institutions and programs maintain a reasonable evaluation load and avoid duplication of effort. Requests in this regard should be made as early as possible in the application process, preferably at least two years in advance of the on-site visit. Specific protocols for each consolidation or coordination must be approved in advance of the visit by the NASM Executive Director.
NASM encourages consolidation and coordination with internal reviews. Note your request on the Notice of Intention to Apply form.
Joint and Concurrent Visits
If the institution wishes the NASM visit to be joint or concurrent with that of another accrediting agency, or if the institution wishes to schedule a joint visit with NASM for review of its community education division and its degree-granting program, the NASM National Office should be so informed on the Notice of Intention to Apply form. Preferably, this notice is preceded by a telephone call to the National Office.
When applicable, joint visits are encouraged for independent schools of music. If the institution wishes the NASM evaluators to visit jointly for NASM and other accrediting agencies, the NASM National Office should be advised at the same time as the national office of the other accrediting body, and at least 18 months before the scheduled visit. Normally, at least one on-site NASM staff consultation and NASM staff presence during the visit are required for joint visits. Remember to note your request on the Notice of Intention to Apply form.
Music Therapy Programs
NASM reviews music therapy degree programs for accreditation and reaccreditation on the same schedule that the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) considers degree programs. The two associations seek to minimize duplication of effort. If your institution offers or is planning to offer a music therapy degree program, you will need to read NASM Procedures: Music Therapy Supplement.
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
NASM and CAEP join in cooperation for the benefit of institutions. The standards of the two associations do not contradict one another. NASM reflects education accreditation status in its Directory listing of member institutions. CAEP’s policy regarding the review of music education programs states:
“CAEP reduces the amount of evidence needed from programs accredited by other national specialized accreditors for inclusion in CAEP’s review of the education unit (school, college or department of education).”
CAEP accepts information from the following specialized accrediting organizations:
[Editor’s Note: The excerpt below omits the names of all organizations except the Reston-based arts accreditation associations represented by this website.]
For programs accredited by one of these organizations, CAEP requires units to present the official notice of accreditation from the other specialized accrediting organization. As necessary, CAEP may require the submission of additional information.