Current Members

The following is a list of handy resources available for current members of NASM.

The NASM staff is available if any questions arise and looks forward to working with you to maintain your accreditation status.

Annual Reports

All accredited institutional members of NASM must participate in annual reporting requirements to maintain their accreditation status. Annual Reports are due each January, July, and October.


A calendar containing major deadlines and events for NASM.

Current Notices

News, items of interest to music executives, and other information regarding NASM.

Directory List – Advanced Search

All accredited institutional members receive access via a username and password to the advanced search function of the NASM Directory List of Accredited Institutions. The advanced search tool provides the ability to search by degree level, major, and area of emphasis/track/concentration; by type of institution (public/private and/or degree-granting/non-degree-granting); and by keyword. The information is updated continuously.


Accredited institutional members are invoiced annually on the first day of September. To assist institutions with planning, the dues schedule for the next academic year is posted under Current Notices each March. Annual dues for institutional members are scaled according to various categories.

Institutional Representatives

NASM corresponds with member institutions primarily through the institution’s official Institutional Representative. Official Institutional Representatives vote on behalf of the institution, receive original copies of Commission Action Reports regarding accreditation status, and are eligible to hold office in NASM and participate in such activities as accreditation reviews to other applicant institutions.

To notify NASM of a change in official Institutional Representative, the current Institutional Representative must provide written confirmation to the National Office (this can be done via email to Jenny Kuhlmann).

Membership Responsibilities

NASM accredited institutional members have ongoing responsibilities (annual reporting, filing for new curricula and substantive changes, participating in revisions of standards, etc.) in order to maintain accreditation.

Music Therapy Programs

NASM offers an Alternative Review Process for Music Therapy Programs  in the context of the program approval process of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

NASM Annual Meeting

NASM holds an Annual Meeting for current and potential members each year in November.

NASM Handbook

The NASM Handbook 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.

New Curricula (Plan Approval, Final Approval for Listing)

Accredited institutions must file applications for new curricula to NASM when the adding programs and degrees under the purview of NASM at a degree or credential level other than the curricular level(s) included in the institution’s current accreditation.

Officers, Commissions, and Committees

NASM Officers, Commissioners, and Committees are primarily volunteers from member institutions elected to office by their peers. Institutional Representatives of member institutions are eligible to hold office in NASM and participate in such activities as accreditation reviews to other applicant institutions. Correspondence with all Officers, Commissioners, and Committees is to be made through the NASM National Office staff.

Substantive Changes

Accredited institutions must file applications for Substantive Changes to NASM when making major changes in the period between regularly scheduled accreditation visits. Examples of Substantive Changes may include starting or closing a branch campus or extension program, a change from clock hours to credit hours or vice versa, or a change in the legal status or form of control of the institution. Please see the NASM Handbook, Rules of Practice and Procedure, Part II, Article V, and contact the National Office for appropriate procedures.