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. It 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.