NASM Handbook

Handbook and Any Current Addenda

NASM Handbook 2015-16 (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. The Handbook 2015-16 incorporates all recent revisions ratified by the NASM Membership, Board of Directors, and/or Commissions through February 2016.

Addendum to the NASM Handbook 2015-16 (February 2016) (PDF file)

An Addendum documenting revisions to the NASM Handbook 2015-16 ratified by the NASM Membership during a special vote-by-email procedure concluded in January 2016.

Please Note: these revisions have been incorporated into and are thus not needed for use with the NASM Handbook 2015-16.


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.