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School of Music Earns NASM Accreditation Renewal

The accreditation review came back with no deferrals, a rare status the School of Music has earned twice in the last 20 years

Belmont’s School of Music recently received notification from the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation that its membership was granted renewal with no deferrals. The School’s next self-study will take place in 2026-27.

The NASM accreditation process began in April 2015 with several committees working on a variety of areas including purposes, standards for degrees, recruitment and admissions, graduation requirements, curricular offerings, faculty and staff, administration and facilities. After mailing the report in September 2016, the School of Music hosted a site visit team of reviewers in October. While on campus, the team visited classes, met with students, administration and faculty, reviewed documentation and attended a concert that showcased performers and styles found within the School. The NASM Commission met in June to reaffirm the School’s accreditation.

Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Stephen Eaves said, “Accreditation renewal by NASM is one of the many outcomes that confirm our commitment to excellence in the School of Music and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Belmont.  This affirmation is evidence of a strong foundation for our creative community and encourage us to continue to provide the best 21st century experience for student excellence, artistry and creativity possible.”

Belmont’s Art Department was re-affirmed last spring by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Theatre and Dance Department will begin creating their self-study for a site visit in 2018 to be re-approved in 2019.

Founded in 1924, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 650 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.

 

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