Institutional Representatives

Throughout the accreditation process, NASM corresponds with potential member institutions and member institutions primarily through an official Institutional Representative. Member and potential member institutions should ensure that the Institutional Representative is an individual with authority and responsibility to carry out the comprehensive review process.


Each institution appoints one official Institutional Representative to the Association. NASM does not stipulate who this representative should be. Normally, institutions appoint the executive leader of the music unit; however, other administrators and faculty members with expertise in the discipline may also serve as Institutional Representatives. Once accredited, each member institution has one vote in matters of NASM business, generally conducted at the Association’s Annual Meeting; therefore, only the official Institutional Representative to NASM may vote. The institution may appoint a substitute Institutional Representative whose vote can be counted if the designated individual cannot attend an Annual Meeting or a session where votes are taken.


Official Institutional Representatives are responsible for maintaining the institution’s accreditation. They 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. For a detailed description of the responsibilities of an Institutional Representative, please see the document How to Be an Official Institutional Representative to NASM.


Internal communication is a critical part of the role of Institutional Representatives to NASM. NASM’s Internal Communications Worksheets provide guidance on the communication, distribution, and/or use of information flowing between the Association and the Institutional Representative. Please Note: Use of these worksheets is not required by NASM.

The official Institutional Representative is an emissary representing both NASM to his or her institution, and the institution to NASM. Both roles are necessary if either is to function effectively.

Other Representatives

The Association welcomes all individuals from a member institution who wish to attend any Annual Meeting and otherwise participate in such functions as standards reviews, projects, and professional development.