NASM Handbook

Handbook and Any Current Addenda

NASM Handbook 2023-24 (PDF file)

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. It incorporates all recent revisions ratified by the NASM Membership, Board of Directors, and/or Commissions through the current date.


All institutions and evaluators must follow standards and guidelines reflected in the latest edition of the NASM Handbook and any addenda current at the time of application.

In addition to the standards in Standards for Accreditation, Section II. of the Handbook, (1) free-standing music institutions of higher education that offer professional education and training in music are reminded that Standards for Accreditation XXI. apply and must be addressed, and (2) proprietary institutions of higher education must demonstrate compliance with Standards for Accreditation XXII.